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Award Winning Dog Training Business leads the way for small businesses

The NOVO Awards, powered by the BEST Growth Hub, reward Essex’s most brave, bold and ambitious businesses

This year, the BEST Growth Hub launched the inaugural NOVO Awards.  Focussed on recognising and rewarding innovation as well as the ability to pivot and adapt, the NOVO Awards saw entries from 100+ Essex-based businesses.  Six entry streams were categorised as Economy, Creative, Society, Environment, Use of Business Support and Digitech.  

An expert judging panel awarded marks, with 32 entries reaching the benchmark to win NOVO Awards.  26 of the 32 companies won classic NOVOs and six won gold NOVO Awards.   Bespoke artisan-made trophies and certificates were presented at the gala presentation and dinner at Braxted Park on 21 October. 

Gold winners included Kingswood Group (Maldon), Audley End Miniature Railway (Audley End), Syper Education (Chelmsford), Arma Karma (Colchester), Indirock (Southend-on-Sea) and Refinery Works (Saffron Walden).

BEST Growth Hub Manager, Brian Smith, commented: “We were delighted with the attention and enthusiasm that the NOVO Awards has received from the Essex SME community.  The entire county was represented in our winners’ list, across the four ‘corners’ of Essex - from Saffron Walden to Southend and Clacton to Harlow.  It’s encouraging to see how Essex is excelling at innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Whilst Essex is home to approximately 90,000 registered businesses*, sometimes leading a business can be a lonely space. The BEST Growth Hub’s offering is centred around creating a trusted network for businesses to be supported at any stage of their journey. In these unprecedented times, the BEST Growth Hub has helped hundreds of businesses start, survive, grow and thrive. Support is free of charge and includes professional business advice, grant funding opportunities, training, events and much more. 

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Winners from Castle Point Area

Essex Dog Training receiving their NOVO award.

Essex Dog Training clients are predominately from the SE Essex corner. Supporting dogs and owners, and utilising hired venues in Orsett, Benfleet and Hadleigh operating pet dog classes, competitive agility, and trick classes. The trainers also carry out specialist special care behaviour/pup visits on a one-to-one basis in the client’s home in order to target specific canine issues.

Specialising in supporting dog owners to develop balanced dogs, Essex Dog Training is known for being approachable, flexible and for achieving great sustainable results within the canine community, to improve the standard of dog’s behaviour for the community of Essex.

The Centre of Education Innovation has developed alternative resources to the more traditional ‘stand in a field’ training, with web-based courses, pivot online capabilities and the Essential Canine Life Skills Book Series. The reputation and brand of Essex Dog Training has developed into the well-known and recognised business it is today.