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Ashbourne applaud the Finalists of “Family Business of the Year” 2020, Inspiring Herts Business Awards

The 2020 Inspiring Herts Business Awards “Family Business of the Year” Award finalists have been announced and 3rd generation family-run Ashbourne Insurance are pleased to offer their congratulations to all seven. The finalists include: Castaway Cottage of Hemel Hempstead, Gatwards of Hitchin, JHP Electrical of Bushey, JPA Workspaces of St Albans, Kane International of Welwyn Garden City, Kestronics of St Albans and Taylor Heating of Stanstead Abbotts.

Photo captions:  (left) Team Ashbourne via Zoom, (centre) Peter and the firm’s Mascot Alfie offer congratulations and (right) Peter Smits, MD via Zoom wishing Good Luck

This award recognises a Family Business who uses its unique core values to aid growth, demonstrate best practice, overcome challenges, and provide business excellence. This Category was open to an independent family owned business (a family member must own a majority share of the business) which has two or more employees from the same family working within it (in any position). To enter this award the Family business must have been trading for 18 months irrespective of size or sector.

The judges were looking for:

  • How the Family Business encompasses its core family values
  • The challenges the business has faced and overcome
  • The Family business’s greatest achievements over the last 12 months
  • The businesses plan and objectives over the next three years
  • How the Family business makes itself stand out from the crowd

The winning company will be automatically entered into the British Chambers of Commerce Business Awards for the opportunity to win a national business award.

Hertfordshire Chamber Patron, Ashbourne Insurance are sponsoring the award for the third year to honour all the family-run businesses and county ‘hidden-heroes’ who help contribute significantly to the UK’s economy.

Winners from twenty-two categories will be announced at a black-tie event at St Albans Cathedral on Thursday October 1st, 2020.

Peter Smits, Managing Director commented, “During these exceptionally challenging times for Hertfordshire businesses and residents alike, because of Coronavirus, it is with great pleasure that we recognise and applaud the outstanding achievements of family-run businesses. We wish congratulations to both those who have made it to the finals of the Inspiring Herts Business awards and those who are operating as ‘hidden heroes’ in the work they deliver day in and day out.

At Ashbourne we have always supported local businesses and we know many family-run companies, including some of the Award Finalists, who are working endless hours contributing to our food, medical and related essential items supply chain right now.

Good luck to all the finalists at the Awards and we very much look forward to celebrating with you at the Gala in October. Until then Stay Safe.

Multi award-winning, Ashbourne Insurance have been offering a wide range of business and personal insurance for over 40 years along with a claims advisory service. It is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

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