The National Family Business Award is a scheme that celebrates the discovery and recognition of the most outstanding family businesses all over the UK. And there are two Hertfordshire companies in the finals hoping to be crowned the winners of their categories. To celebrate their success, we have decided to showcase ten of the most successful Hertfordshire family businesses.
Ashbourne Insurance is a family-run insurance broker based in Hoddesdon. They have 35 years experience providing insurance solutions to the business community and local residents. Ashbourne pride themselves on their personal and professional service, and this may be the reason that they have earned their spot in the The Family Business Award final. Ashbourne have been a long standing member of the Hertfordshire business services market. Be sure to follow @AshInsServices on Twitter!
This St Albans business is mother and daughter-run and offers a range of beauty products and services. Their motivation comes from their obsession to make people feel better about themselves, and their experienced staff will ensure you get the highest quality product or service. The Skin To Love Clinic has also earned a spot in the finals of The Family Business Awards. Furthermore, they have various achievements such as Aesthetics Award 2016 and The Best of St Albans & Harpenden Business of the Year 2017. Give @skintolove a follow on Twitter!
JPA has been operating for over 40 years and specialises in supplying office and educational furniture. They state that their passion for sustainability is what drives them forward, and aim to use as little landfill as possible and to use as many recyclable products in their production process. Check @JPAFurniture out on Twitter!
Phil Holt established his business in 1976. It soon became clear that his product of firewood for log burners and wood burning stoves was in demand and his business began to flourish and grow. They now have a four acre log facility in Harpenden where they store and process their timber.
Beales Hotels is a family run business that was founded in 1769. Over the past 200 years it has developed from a bakery to a group of fine and award-winning hotels. It has two four star hotels located in North London and Hatfield, which is a modern and contemporary hotel. Please follow @BealesHotel on Twitter!
Picketts are a family butchers based in Hertford. They have gained an excellent reputation in Hertfordshire for supplying businesses, caterers and restaurants as well as local consumers. Picketts prides themselves on being the longest standing independent butchers in the Hertfordshire area, having been established in 1967. Follow Picketts Butchers on Twitter on @marsh_ricky.
Chilfen have been joinery and furniture manufacturers for over 50 years. They are a well established Hertfordshire family business and are a leading player in the joinery and furniture markets. An important value for Chilfen is environmental responsibility and they pride themselves on running a self-sufficient facility by using fuel made from their waste. Check out their Twitter page @ChilfenJoinery.
This is a family run business that has been selling plants and home grown fruit and vegetables since 1923. The St Albans business has recently been renovated and the family has decided on the option of a new click and collect option. They are now one of the oldest nurseries and farm shops in Hertfordshire and have 12 acres of land in St Albans dedicated to growing their products. Follow them on Twitter on the page @CarpentersNurs.
This is a building, plumbing, heating and electrical contractor based in Letchworth. In 1979 it was founded by Derek Brian Sharp and it is now directed by his 3 sons with one of the grandsons also working there. The family run business prides itself on keeping up its core values involving a personal approach to construction. Follow @dbsharpsons on Twitter!
Austin’s is a local business that has cared for bereaved families in Hertfordshire for over 300 years. It is an award winning business which prides itself on its 365 days a year care for its customers. They are happy to organise a variety of ceremonies from the traditional to the personal. They have offices in town centres across East Hertfordshire, and own and manage Harwood Park Crematorium. Follow Austin’s on Twitter @AustinsFunerals.