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Anglia In Bloom – Best Crematorium

October 7th, 2014    Author:
Harwood Park Crematorium has been awarded ‘Best Crematorium’ in the Eastern counties of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk by ‘Anglia In Bloom’.
We are absolutely thrilled to receive the award which reflects the hard work and dedication of the whole team and especially Richard Densham, Steve Mumford (Head Gardener), Matt Read and Rob Bass. The award is a tribute to John Austin, as it was his vision, perseverance and creativity which resulted in the construction of Harwood Park Crematorium and Memorial Gardens.

Our fantastic team of gardeners

Claire Austin Business Woman of the Year

October 14th, 2013    Author:

The team at Austins were delighted to be shortlisted as finalists in Small Business category at the Business Excellence Awards which were held at Shendish Manor at the end of September 2013.  Claire scooped the award for ‘Business Woman of the Year’ and is pictured here  receiving her award with Michael Portillo, Jackie Withey (Co-Chair of BEA) and Julie Gingell (Co-Chair of BEA).

Hertfordshire funeral director scoops international award

March 2nd, 2012    Author:

Claire Austin, managing director of Austin’s Funeral Directors in Hertfordshire, has won the SIFH (Selected Independent Funeral Homes) 2012 NextGen Professional of the Year award.

Claire, who is the tenth generation of her family to run Austin’s, picked up the award in recognition of her achievements as head of the 300 year old firm.  The judges were particularly impressed by Claire’s strong leadership and vision for the firm’s future which, since she took over as managing director in 2001, has resulted in: (more…)

Austin’s winning ways continue

March 2nd, 2012    Author:

Austin’s Funeral Directors is celebrating once again having scooped its second prestigious business award in as many months.

The family-run firm, which has branches throughout North and East Herts, beat off strong competition to win the Most Successful Medium Business category at the Hertfordshire Business Awards. Claire Austin, who is the tenth generation of her family to run the business, picked up the award at a glittering ceremony hosted by Paul Ross (brother of the infamous Jonathan) at Knebworth Barns. (more…)