Chris Pichon, the Chairman of Wenta, has been awarded the Queen’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Enterprise Promotion.

Since starting with Wenta 18 years ago, Chris has transformed Wenta into one of the country’s leading Enterprise Agencies which today employs over 55 staff with an annual turnover of £3m. In 2014, Wenta assisted over 1200 people to start their own business across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, provided business skills training to over 4500 individuals and supported over 500 businesses through its business centres.

The Queen’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Enterprise Promotion, introduced in 2004, recognises individuals who have played an outstanding role in promoting the growth of business enterprise as well as developing entrepreneurial skills and attitudes in others. The Award is given to only one person each year in the UK.

The award came as a complete surprise for Chris, who was unaware that he had been nominated for this prestigious accolade:

“Winning this award is very humbling, but I haven’t achieved this award on my own. It’s down to the whole team at Wenta, it’s their hard work and dedication through the years which has enabled us to help so many businesses start up and grow. Wenta now plays a key role supporting local people and communities in Herts and Beds. My contribution has been merely to encourage and motivate them to be successful and achieve outstanding results.”

Chris will receive a Grant of Appointment at a Presentation Ceremony in London and will be invited to a Royal reception at Buckingham Palace.