Friday, 9 November 2018

Lussmanns lands sustainable seafood prize at Food Made Good Awards 2018

09 November 2018 in Chamber News

Lussmanns Sustainable Fish & Grill lived up to its name on Monday, winning the Source Fish Responsibly award at the Food Made Good Awards 2018, the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s (SRA) annual industry accolades for the most progressive purveyors of food and drink.
This award was one of 17 presented at a special ceremony on 1st October at FEST Camden in London. The Food Made Good Awards recognise restaurants and foodservice businesses whose extraordinary accomplishments in the last year are helping diners use the power of their appetites wisely.
 Andrei Lussmann, founder of Lussmanns said “we’re absolutely delighted to have won this award; it has always been a personal mission to make ethical and sustainable dining accessible to all – without the pomp and preach.  Congratulations to the runners-up and other category winners, these awards and I’m delighted to be a part of the drive for a better food future”. 
If it isn’t from plentiful stocks, there’s a minnow’s chance of a fishy making it onto the dishy at these five Hertfordshire restaurants. Marine Stewardship Council certified species rule the waves at Lussmanns. The award is reward for more than five years’ commitment to serving customers an ever-increasing variety and quantity of sustainable seafood. Diners at Lussmanns can now enjoy ten different seafood dishes created from eight species – 90% of which are MSC certified. Cod cheeks, mackerel, crab, hake and bream are just some of those that feature on the menu.
Andrew Stephen, Chief Executive of the SRA, said: “Choosing seafood on a menu can be a minefield; particularly for anyone who cares if there are plenty more fish in the sea. Lussmanns offers its customers a rare combination; a wide choice of affordable, sustainable seafood dishes. It’s a winning recipe that diners should tuck into and every restaurant should look to emulate.”
The Source Fish Responsibly award is designed to recognise foodservice businesses which have taken decisive action to serve their customers delicious seafood dishes while ensuring there are plenty more fish in the sea, helping diners through what can be murky waters. Caterer Angel Hill Food Company and University of Plymouth were named runners-up in this category.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Hillier Hopkins Announced as Headline Sponsor for IHA 2019

The Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce that for the third year running, Hillier Hopkins LLP will be supporting the Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards as Headline Sponsors. Hillier Hopkins are one of the region’s leading Chartered Accountants supporting businesses and individuals throughout Hertfordshire.

Neville Reyner, CBE DL Hon. DLitt, Chairman, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce said “We are thrilled to have Hillier Hopkins as our Headline Sponsor for the 2019 Awards campaign. The Awards, that celebrate business/organisational success, achievement and excellence is indicative of this mutual partnership”.

Neil Cundale, Principal at Hillier Hopkins said, “It’s important that business owners get recognition for the significant contribution they make to the local economy. I’m delighted we can support that in some way through sponsorship of these awards. We are also keen to encourage more businesses to enter and experience the benefits that these awards can bring”.

About the Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards

The Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards were launched in 2012 to focus on, and celebrate, the expertise, achievements and outstanding contribution that businesses and individuals continually make to the growth of our County. 

Learn more about the Inspiring Hertfordshire awards at the January Awards Launch

Welcome to the Hertfordshire Chamber Blog

Welcome to our new blog.

We will be using this platform to promote ours and our members events, news articles, and press releases. If you have any articles or events you would like promoting please email them to: 

We shall also be blogging updates as to what we are getting up to in the Chamber. From organising events for our members to throwing our staff Christmas party, we want to share what we are doing, so that our members and/or any non-members who are interested, can see how dedicated we are to what we do. (As well as having a bit of fun).

Watch this space!

Knebworth Winter Festival: 9th-11th November

Knebworth Winter Festival – 9th - 10th - 11th November
Get your tickets now 

It’s just starting to get chilly, so it’s time to grab your coat and scarf and do the things that make you feel warm and toasty. We know just the thing! Join us for a winter experience for all the family you won’t forget.

With over 200 artisan and independent stalls start your Christmas shopping with some unique gift ideas, visit Father Christmas, join us in the Après ski bar for a mulled wine and much more…

All undercover, with free onsite parking or easy access from London Kings Cross.

We're offering all local businesses 20% off ticket price using the code 

Explore our Enchanted Garden for children with Father Christmas Experience.
Fantastic characters, interactive storytelling and magical pathways are just the start of what you’ll see in the Enchanted Garden at Knebworth Winter Festival.

Join us for: 
Interactive story telling
A magical adventure for the little ones to take part in
Meet Father Christmas in his grotto
Special gift for each child
Bjorn the Polar Bear  
He’s a life-size realistic polar bear, that looks, sounds and moves just like a real polar bear. Trust us, you’ll fall in love with him! 
See the friendly and loveable Bjorn in his igloo for yourself at Knebworth Winter Festival. 
Family favourite Sing-A-Longs  
Get free access to the big screen with your day tickets for the festival – bonus! 
Come and enjoy the Frozen Sing-A-Long and bring your little Elsa’s, Anna’s and Olaf’s to watch and enjoy the Disney classic. Taking place on Friday.

The Greatest Showman 
Join us and sing your heart out to The Greatest Showman, taking place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Plus: Vintage Fairground, Storytelling and Craft sessions
Top picks for the grown ups

Knebworth Winter Comedy
Heavyweight comedians Greg Davies and Rhod Gilbert, with a host of other top comics.

Plus all of this
Join us for a cosy mulled wine in the Aprés Ski Bar 
Book onto the whisky masterclass and hear about top tipples for the festive season
The Food Busker | This YouTube sensation will be cooking up a storm to inspire you this winter in the kitchen 
The Shopping village is full of unique gifts and Christmas ideas
How to decorate a Christmas tree to die for by Claire Davies 
Make the most of your Christmas gifts with award-winning journalist Martha Roberts
Create your own wreath using locally sourced seasonal greenery 
 Book your tickets now!

Please note: Access to the Enchanted Garden and Comedy requires the relevant ticket. 

3 Top Tips for Employers During the Christmas Party Season

The work Christmas party can be the event of the year. As an employer, you should ensure you have the right protections in place to prevent any claims stemming from the behaviour of your employees.
What Should You Be Doing?
  • Be Aware of the Risk of Claims
You can be liable for the acts committed by an employee if there is a sufficient connection between the acts and the employee's employment. This is known as vicarious liability and it does not matter that you are not the primary wrongdoer.
For example, if one of your employees assaulted another employee at your Christmas party, you, as the employer, could be liable for that.
Keep in mind that events that occur after the formal work-related events end, such as post-Christmas party drinks, are not necessarily beyond the scope of vicarious liability.
  • Ensure You Have Appropriate Policies in Place
You should have appropriate and robust policies in place which cover the standards of behaviour expected of your employees at work parties. The policies should also give examples of the types of behaviours which are unacceptable.
  • Take Steps to Prevent Your Employees Behaving Badly
You should make your employees aware of these policies, including of the consequences if the standards of behaviour are not adhered to. 
In addition, consider putting appropriate training in place to cover equal opportunities, bullying and harassment and standards of conduct.
Do you need help with your employment policies? Please contact Michael Delaney, at award-winning law firm VWV, at or on 01923 919 316.