Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS), have won an award at The Hertfordshire Business Awards 2019. They were crowned ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ category, for services supporting older and vulnerable people.

The awards ceremony took place in a packed conference hall in Knebworth Barns. The gathering included representatives from some of the most ambitious and innovative businesses and charities from across the County, and was hosted by acclaimed comedian, Stephen K. Amos.

The judging panel consisted of senior professionals from international corporations, such as KPMG, Barclays, Archant Media Group and the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Hertfordshire Independent Living service is a not-for-profit social enterprise. They trade to deliver social good and reinvest any surplus generated through business activities, to better support their clients. HILS delivers a variety of preventative community based support services to more than 15,000 older and vulnerable people, every year. These services include: meals on wheels, free nutrition and dietetic support, specialist exercise sessions that take place in clients’ homes, dementia clubs and carer support sessions across the County and community services delivered from HILS’ Jubilee community centre in St Albans.

“We are delighted to have received this mark of recognition for the amazing work our teams do every day to help older and vulnerable people stay happy, healthy, and independent in their homes. We believe in the power of ethical business to deliver social good and develop stronger, more caring, and more resilient communities. It was also utterly inspiring to meet other local businesses and not-for-profits who are doing incredible things across Hertfordshire, we are very honoured to have been selected as Social Enterprise of the Year.” Sarah Wren, CEO, HILS