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2019 awards

Mum's guide to Harpenden Awards are back for 2019!

The Mum’s guide to Harpenden Awards are back by popular demand (and bigger and better than ever) to once again recognise the local people, businesses and organisations that help make Harpenden and the surrounding area such a great place for families.

NEW FOR 2019!

We've introduced a few additions to this year's Awards...

We know that it's not just businesses and organisations that make Harpenden great, so we've added a brand new Local Volunteer of the Year category to recognise the wonderful volunteers in our community!

We've also added a new method for making nominations.  As well as emailing us you can now nominate businesses by leaving a recommendation on their listing here on the website!  After the Awards are completed the recommendations will be published on the site, providing a well-deserved boost for all the businesses nominated!

This year we're delighted to be bringing you the Awards in association with Harpenden Town Council who will be co-hosting an Awards Reception.  All the finalists will be invited and the winners will be announced on the night!

Send us your nominations!

There are two ways to nominate a business/organisation/individual in one of our 10 categories:

1. Where applicable, you can search for a business/organisation here on the website and leave a recommendation on their listing by using the "Recommend This" button on their listing.  If you are nominating in the Activity, Holiday Club or Party categories make sure you find their listing in the relevant category.  If you want to nominate a business for more than one category using this method you will need to leave a separate recommendation on each of their listings in each relevant category.


2.  You can email us at [email protected] with the name(s) of the business(es)/organisation(s)/individual(s) you are nominating. 

You can make as many or as few nominations as you like in as many or as few categories as you like, but businesses/organisations must be based or operate in Harpenden and the surrounding villages* and business owners or employees cannot nominate their own business either by email or recommendation. You can only nominate a business/organisation once per category either by email or recommendation - not both.

Those with the most nominations in each category will make the shortlist for the final voting round.  Nominations close at midnight on Monday 20th May.

The final voting round will open on Saturday 8th June at Harpenden Carnival and on the website. 

WANT TO BE NOMINATED? - you can download and display a poster or social media post image to encourage your customers and clients to nominate you:

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The Categories

Best Activity Class or Group for Under 5s
Award for the best activity class or group for children under 5, including parent and toddler groups.

Best Activity Class or Group for School-age Children
Award for the best activity class, group or club for children of school age, either primary or secondary school.

Best Holiday Club or Class
Award for the best club, class or camp that runs during the school holidays for children in any age group.

Best Pre/Post-natal Support Service
Award for the business, individual or organisation that provides the best service for pre or post-natal mothers, and can include anything to do with pregnancy and post-pregnancy, including groups and classes.

Best Lifestyle Service for Parents
Award for the business, individual or organisation that provides the best service of any type (not necessarily child-related) to local parents.  The business or service does not have to be exclusively aimed at parents but can simply be one that provides a service that caters for a busy parent's lifestyle.

Best Party and Celebrations Provider
Award for the business or individual that provides the best venue, entertainment or party-related product (e.g. cakes, catering, decorations, tableware).

Most Family-friendly Café/Restaurant
Award for the café or restaurant which caters best for families.

Best Local Shop
Award for the local shop, whether child-related or not, that gives customers extra-special service either by way of the staff, products, facilities and extra services or a combination of all of these.

Best Local Event
Award for the best local event within a distance of 10 miles from the centre of Harpenden that caters for families and children.

Local Volunteer of the Year 
Award for a volunteer who goes the extra mile to make Harpenden and the surrounding villages an amazing place for children and families. (Either the role or the organisation they volunteer for must relate to or benefit children and/or families in Harpenden and the surrounding villages.)  When nominating for this category please state what the nominee does as a volunteer.


Full terms and conditions for the 2019 Awards nominations and voting are available here.
*Please see our terms and conditions for the definition of "surrounding villages".