Vanarama takes top county title

FSB Business Awards
FSB Business Awards

A market-disrupting, independent van leasing broker from Hemel Hempstead is going to need a much bigger commercial vehicle to carry all the trophies it picked up from the FSB Hertfordshire Business Awards.

Vanarama, based in Mark Road, received the overall county title, sponsored by Pitney Bowes, in addition to one category and two runners up trophies against tough competition from across Hertfordshire in the fifth year of the growing Federation of Small Businesses county contest.

At the awards last Thursday night, judges said Vanarama has a “very fresh business model which is standing out by its clear focus on clients.”

Andy Alderson, managing director of Vanarama, said: “To win the overall award as well as one category and two runners-up trophies against such tough competition from across Hertfordshire has given our team a real boost. We measure ourselves against the very best and strive for excellence in everything we do and it is humbling that the judges have given us this tremendous endorsement.”

Teens Unite Fighting Cancer, in High Road, Broxbourne, won two awards, jointly for Broxbourne Business of the Year and outright in the Community Business of the Year. Teens Unite Fighting Cancer is a charity dedicated to supporting 13-24 year olds with cancer and other life limiting illnesses. This is achieved by running fun and motivational days out for the teens where they meet others who share similar experiences.

Other glittering success was achieved by Angela Spencer, of childrens’ nurseries Angels at Play, based in Ware. Angela won Real-Life Entrepreneur, Business Person of the Year and was runner up in Enterprising Business.

Also picking up two awards was Knight Property Management, based in Hertford. The company won the service excellence category. Jan Hunter, of Knight Property Management, won the Olderpreneur category for setting up businesses after passing her 50th birthday.

Ryan Higginson, of headline sponsor Pitney Bowes, said: “We know from first-hand experience that there are some truly inspirational operators out there, and it is no surprise to see such an incredibly high standard of entries this year.”

John Allan, the FSB’s national chairman, said: “With the biggest number of entries in five years, each a shining example of what makes British business innovative, the 2014 FSB Hertfordshire Business Awards showcase the fortitude, determination and passion that is the backbone of British business – showing not only how each business is contributing to their local economies, but how they are fuelling British Growth!”

Pam Charman, chairman of Hertfordshire FSB, said: “It was a record year and it is great to see a whole new raft of entries, especially in the new business category, which shows the strength and depth of business across the county.”

Journalist and TV presenter Vick Hope, a key member of ITN’s news and entertainment team, presented the awards, at Shendish Manor, Hemel.