The nine budding entrepreneurs who won funding for their businesses in Dacorum Borough Council’s Dacorum’s Den competition were recognised at an awards ceremony.
The businesses attended a celebratory lunch at Maylands Business Park on Friday 28 July.
Inspired by the Dragons’ Den TV show, the competition is now in its sixth year and has invested £50,000 in business growth and created 35 jobs since it was launched in 2011.
This year’s the judges were so impressed by the community aspect of two businesses they decided to double the prize for them to £2,000.
Emerald Kitty Entertainment, who organised cabaret pop-up shows and the Fishery Wharf Café, in Boxmoor were both given the top prize money.
A further £1,000 was awarded to:
• Abbelle, Hemel Hempstead Old Town
• Audition Oracle, Tring
• Elementary Skin and Body, Tring
• MRO Accounts, Hemel Hempstead
• Gilded Bee, Tring
• The Tyre Changers, Tring
• Wildwood Studio, Chipperfield
Judge and Hemel Hempstead MP, Mike Penning, said: “As well as the grant, the winners also receive one year’s free membership of Connect Dacorum and Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassadors.
Thanks to all of this year’s sponsors on the judging panel: Alan Butchers from McDonald’s, John Ellison from JE2, Alison Murray from Abode Bed; and additional sponsors Gyron and Haspineall Collins.
As the Maylands Business Centre reaches the end of its first year, Dacorum Borough Council is heralding its success in nurturing local businesses.
This month marks the first anniversary of Dacorum Borough Council’s Maylands Business Centre. Opened by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, the Maylands Business Centre has gone from strength to strength. The Business Centre has proven itself to be a popular and valuable resource to businesses looking for their first premises. Several of the centre’s tenants have expanded and moved on to larger premises, proving the concept behind the Business Centre that with the right kind of support, small businesses can thrive.
The American BBQ Company, a tenant at Maylands Business Centre, said “The Maylands Business Centre has provided us with a base we’ve been able to expand in, a support structure that has helped smooth the transition from home business to limited company, and access to a group of like-minded business people who have provided invaluable advice.”
Cllr Terry Douris, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration, said, “The Maylands Business Centre represents the Council’s commitment to supporting small and start-up businesses to establish themselves and flourish. The first anniversary is an important milestone. I’m overjoyed at how successful the Business Centre has been and we are now forecasting that the centre will have paid for itself nine months earlier than we originally planned.”