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Glittering end to Hertfordshire Business Awards

PUBLISHED: 17:01 30 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:22 20 February 2013

Awards host Paul Ross with some of the Archant team

Awards host Paul Ross with some of the Archant team

Companies across the county have been celebrating after the successful Hertfordshire Business Awards ended in a shower of glitter.

Companies across the county have been celebrating after the successful Hertfordshire Business Awards ended in a shower of glitter.


A whole host of businesses from across Hertfordshire picked up awards at the annual event run by Archant Herts & Cambs which also raised more than 4,000 for Help for Heroes


Host Paul Ross, whose family live locally, said, Its fantastic to be invited to host this prestigious and very important event. Business is at the heart of every community. The enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication of all the finalists is amazing.


Nearly 400 guests from all across the county, including sponsors, finalists and dignitaries, arrived at the beautiful Knebworth Barns on November 24 to a sparkling drinks reception of winter Pimms before taking their seats for a three-course a la carte menu. Opera on the Run wowed the guests with their singing and ended with Nessum Dorma, which got all the guests waiving their napkins and singing along!


Johnny Hustler, Archant Anglia MD, said, At my advanced age I have sat through more business awards than I would wish to remember. I have to say this was the freshest, most participative and most exciting presentation that I have ever seen. The blend of theatre, entertainment, social media and hard business was genius. Our paying guests clearly loved it.


Paul Hill, Archant Anglia Business Editor, opened the proceedings with a new twist for this year. He said, Over the last 15 years, these awards have evolved to become the showpiece event in the countys business calendar. They are also a sign of Archants commitment to the Hertfordshire business community.


Tonight we're going to try something new. Later on we will reveal which one of you will be crowned Company of the Year, but what question would you ask the winner? If you have smart phone and a Twitter account, we want you to tweet the question you would ask the Company of the Year. Use the hashtag #hertsbusiness so we can find your questions and comments.


And they did, people were tweeting all night and the awards even managed to get #hertsbusiness trending locally. Some of the questions included @PrivateFly asking If you'd won a private jet trip tonight, where would you go & who would you take with you? @Hustlerj asked what advice would our winner have to others facing a tough year?


This year saw a massive increase in interest with over 600 entry packs downloaded and more than 100 individual entries, with increased marketing activity using social media, eshot and networking.


Karl Kirk, Business Development Manager for BDO, the events main sponsor, said, We were particularly pleased that the awards have increased in interest and that applications were up. An excellent competition well showcased by a superb event.


All in all, this has been a fantastic season with awards entries increasing across all the events in Herts & Cambs; the events team is already looking at ways to make the 2012 business awards across Hertfordshire & Cambridgeshire bigger and better.


To view the pictures and video from the evening please go to www.hertsbusinessawards.co.uk

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