A 32 year-old insurance broker has won a prestigious award after it was announced as the British Chambers of Commerce 2013’s Winner of the “Commitment to People Development” for the East of England.
Ashbourne Insurance, which employs 25 people across its two high street locations in Hoddesdon and Cheshunt, made it a double celebration this year beating off stiff competition from across Hertfordshire to be named as “Small to Medium Business of the Year” by the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry earlier this year.
The family-run independent high street broker offers a one-stop service, from personal and complex commercial insurances to 24-hour claims advisory support.
It has developed the ‘Ashbourne Way’, which focuses on continuous staff training, retention of employees and the development of high performance managers.
Last year, Ashbourne spent approximately £20,000 on training and over 1,000 hours on staff development, including classroom and on-the-job training with mentors.
‘People power’ has played a major role in Ashbourne Insurance defying the online competition to grow turnover significantly.
Peter Smits, Ashbourne’s Managing Director said: “We are delighted to have won the British Chambers of Commerce, East of England’s Regional Award for Commitment to People Development 2013. We have invested in hundreds of hours of training to develop our team and created our own unique charter of service entitled “the Ashbourne Way” to support staff and customers. Thank you to the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce for all their support and encouragement.”
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Chamber Awards 2013 is committed to finding the best businesses in Britain through a series of regional heats followed by a National Final, due to be held at The Brewery, London on November 28th.
Now in its 10th year, the competition is one of the showcase events for the ‘Business is Good for Britain’ campaign that highlights the role of business as a positive force for the UK recovery and the success of local communities and individuals.
Ashbourne, along with other East of England winners, will now represent the East of England in their respective categories in the Grand Final, with the chance to win a £25,000 cash prize and the title of “Outstanding Business Achievement”, courtesy of the RBS Group.
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