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Hertfordshire businesses collect Chamber of Commerce awards at Warner Bros. Studio's The Making of Harry Potter

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The achievements of businesses and charitable organisations were celebrated at a magical 10th Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards.

The ceremony, organised by the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, was held at the Warner Bros. Studio in Leavesden – home to The Making of Harry Potter tour – for the first time.

And St Albans-based JPA Workspaces cast a winning spell as it landed the overall Inspiring Business of the Year title.

JPA Workspaces celebrate their win (51736690)
JPA Workspaces celebrate their win (51736690)

The supplier of sustainable design, re-location and furnishing solutions was praised by the judges for overcoming challenges in difficult times and had "identified an opportunity to use the rise of sustainability in the commercial world to develop and transform itself from a straight supplier to an organisation that now provides consultancy as well as products".

There were a total of 21 categories on the night, with Welwyn Garden City's Chapman Ventilation receiving a special Outstanding Contribution to Business prize.

The family-run business was founded in 1967 and is now owned and managed by the second generation who took over in 1998. It was commended for its charitable work along with its support for the armed forces.

"After we made the difficult decision not to hold the 2020 awards, it was fantastic to see the return of an event that I know the business community always looks forward to," said Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce chief executive Briege Leahy. "It was a delight to be able to celebrate the magic and wizardry of their achievements in such an iconic venue.

"Local businesses, large and small, are at the heart of the growth of our county and the awards ceremony is an opportunity to recognise business leaders' hard work, innovation and contribution to Hertfordshire."

The ceremony, on September 9, was held in support of the BraveHerts Children's Appeal, which cares for children with life-limiting or terminal illnesses.

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