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Entrepreneur Awards Held at Hertford Castle

Posted on 05/04/2018

The Hertford Entrepreneur Awards were hosted by Hertford Town Council at Hertford Castle last week, with four entrepreneurs presenting to an audience and panel of judges for a chance to win awards and a cash prize of £750.

The entrepreneurs that presented at the evening awards had been shortlisted following a two-round process.

Kathy Shawyer the club owner of ‘Busy Lizzy Herts’ who offer pregnancy, baby and post-natal fitness classes was awarded the ‘Hertford New Business of the Year 2018’ award.

Kathy said:
“I am hugely proud to have won such a prestigious award just 5 months after our launch date. This is a great endorsement of the high-quality classes and community events we currently offer to local families and provides a springboard for us to continue with our expansion plans.”

“The prize money will be spent on adding more classes to our timetable, onboarding new instructors and increasing our range of free talks and events to all families in Hertford & the surrounding areas.”

Gary Pingree the owner of Spoons Kitchens located in Hertford Town Centre, who specialise in design and installation of kitchen, bedroom and living space furniture was awarded finalist of the ‘Hertford New Business of the Year 2018’ category. 

Jon Sheridan the owner of ‘Total Body Fit Camp’ who offer an outdoor group personal training programme was awarded the ‘Hertford Entrepreneur of the Year 2018’ award. 

Jon said:
"I couldn't have been more pleased and excited to have been recognised and put forward as a finalist, but then to actually win exceeded all my expectations, especially knowing the number of entrepreneurs in Hertford doing such great things.” 

“I'm going to invest the money in one of the latest pieces of body composition technology that will help track our members progress and results far more closely and allow them to become super clear on exactly where they are." 

Rebecca Rees the owner of 6 Week Social who offer a six-week informative and social course for mums with new babies to meet and bond with other local mums and their babies was awarded finalist of the ‘Hertford Entrepreneur of the Year 2018’ category.

The Hertford Entrepreneur Founders Cllr Andrew Stevenson and Isabel Sigmac were both judges during the evening awards presentation.

Cllr Andrew Stevenson said:
“I am pleased to see the quality of the companies trying to develop their businesses in Hertford. The process we have developed helps new businesses by giving them pitching opportunity and some cash for a specific step.

Hertford is a vibrant environment to start and develop a new business and I am pleased to be able to use my locality budget to work with Hertford Town Council to contribute to this.“ 

Chairman of the Hertford Entrepreneurs initiative, Isabel Sigmac said:
“We had a great response and the quality of applications were excellent which of course made it very difficult to shortlist. Congratulations to both the winners and finalists. It’s so important to recognise Hertford’s entrepreneurial talent in this way and I’m very grateful for Hertford Town Council’s continued support and that Cllr Andrew Stevenson awarded a cash prize from his locality budget.”

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