Herefordshire Council’s chairman has revealed the finalists for this year’s Herefordshire Diamond County Award.
The award, which has been developed by the council’s chairman Councillor Olwyn Barnett, celebrates the county’s most exceptional businesses, who have demonstrated a real commitment to making a positive difference in the local community.
The award received over 40 nominations from councillors and residents across the county for a range of businesses large and small. The nominations were considered by a judging panel of Neil Kerr, chairman of the Herefordshire Business Board, Philip Round, chief executive of Herefordshire Group Training Association and Paul Deneen, former chairman of Herefordshire Policing Board.
After a difficult shortlisting session to select the ‘best of the best’, the panel decided on four companies they felt epitomised the award by making a difference in the local community. In alphabetical order, the finalists are: Caplor Energy in Fownhope, Cargill in Hereford, Kingspan near Shobdon and Walford Timber near Ross-on-Wye.
Councillor Olwyn Barnett, chairman of Herefordshire Council said: “Following on from the success of the diamond day awards held last year to commemorate the Queen’s visit to Herefordshire, we wanted to recognise and celebrate local businesses which go that extra mile to add value and improvement to the quality of life for people in the county. It is an unfortunate fact that often this level of commitment and determination goes unrecognised, but this award aims to readdress this imbalance.”
“I am delighted with the response we received from across the county and it is a privilege to be involved with such a worthy award, which celebrates the good work our businesses do every day in communities across Herefordshire. I would like to thank everyone who made a nomination and truly hope we can repeat the success of this year’s award in future years and recognise even more businesses which make a difference.”
Neil Kerr, chairman of the Herefordshire Business Board, said: “The judging panel had the unenviable task of selecting only four finalists from the numerous worthwhile nominations received. We were extremely impressed by all four of the shortlisted companies, as each one is making a major contribution to the life of our county and going well beyond their sphere of business operation. They are all making a selfless and genuine commitment to enhancing their community and we were truly privileged to spend time with each of them.”
The overall winner of this year’s Herefordshire Diamond County Award will be officially announced at the full council meeting being held at the Shirehall in Hereford at 11am on Friday 24 May 2013.