Bourne supremacy as leisure company scoops top awards

Inspiring Hertfordshire 2013 Award winners
Inspiring Hertfordshire 2013 Award winners

A privately owned travel company that owns some of the best known brands in the UK has scooped the Business of the Year title at this year’s Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards.

Bourne Leisure employs around 700 people at its headquarters in Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, with a turnover approaching £800million.

It is better known for its holiday brands Haven Holidays, Butlins and Warner Leisure Hotels.

Yesterday at the awards organised by Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bourne Leisure picked up the Business of the Year title, sponsored by Kiss Communications, and Medium to Large Business of the Year. That category was sponsored by Porsche Centre, Hatfield, who also provided the venue for the shindig attended by hundreds of business people from Herts.

Bourne Leisure was represented by Sue Davies, the head of human resources and David Myden, human resources manager. Sue said it was “brilliant” to be recognised and believes Bourne Leisure has impressed the judges because of it “listens to what guests want and what our team wants”.

She added that winning the awards would raise the company’s profile in the local area.

Other winners were: LV= Retirement Solutions (community champion and customer service); The Muscle Help Foundation (social enterprise); Ether NDE Ltd (international business); Magnite PR (most promising new business) Holiday Inn Stevenage (environmental); Crane and Stapes (people development); Genie CCTV (innovation through technology); St Michaels Manor (tourism); Katherine Rayden (entrepreneur); Ashbourne Insurance (small to medium business); Gareth Humphreys MBE, of MBDA Missile Systems (outstanding contribution to business).