Cheshunt and Hoddesdon-based Ashbourne Insurance was announced as a Broxbourne Business of the Year at the prestigious FSB Hertfordshire Business Awards 2014 on June 12th 2014.
The judges were united in their comments regarding why Ashbourne deserved to win and they included, “Very sound, well established, family owned firm demonstrating great resilience and ambition to succeed. A real focus on providing the local community with excellent service. A real champion for the Borough of Broxbourne.”
The judges included representatives from organisations such as: Pitney Bowes, the FSB, Hertfordshire LEP, University of Herts, Austin’s Funeral Homes, Local Councils, Herts & Essex Newspapers and others.
Peter Smits, Managing Director said, “We have been privileged to win numerous business awards over the past several years but it must be said that to win the FSB Broxbourne Business of the Year award is one of our proudest achievements. The award is a reflection of the ongoing outstanding advisory work that our team provide to thousands of residents and businesses of the borough each and every day. And we dedicate this award to our customers!”
Ashbourne’s second award went to Paul Richardson, Retail Sales Manager who faced worthy opponents in the Employee of the Year category. Paul was entered for the award after he won Ashbourne’s own “Ashbourne Awards” in 2013. He triumphed as FSB Herts “Employee of the Year 2014” in the judge’s opinion because, “Paul is a passionate and enthusiastic individual who appears to have kept his sense of fun. He is obviously a dynamic and enthusiastic member of the Ashbourne team who produces exceptional results. Paul clearly leads by example and from the front.”
Sarah Smits, Finance Director further commented, “We are very proud of all our staff at Ashbourne and it was impossible to decide which team member to put forward as our Employee of the Year; so we held an internal awards competition that allowed everyone to get involved. Paul’s application with substantiating evidence was outstanding. His performance at the FSB Business Awards in another indicator that Ashbourne nurture staff to be the best they can be. Congratulations Paul!”
Ashbourne Insurance has been based in Broxbourne for over 33 years and is a Patron of the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the Mercury & Observer Community Awards, and ambassador for Ambition Broxbourne, the Council’s new initiative to drive job creation and economic prosperity, with ambitious plans to create 6,300 jobs across the Borough by 2030. Staff are actively encouraged to get involved in local charities such as the Isabel Hospice, and in the last six years alone, have raised over £50,000 for charity!
As an award-winning family-run, independent broker. The company prides itself on providing customers with individual, first class personal and professional service before, during and after the life of the policy. In 2012, it was presented with the Staff Training & Development award from the Federation of Small Business and the 2013 Hertford Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year Award.
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