ANLP International CIC have been declared Small Business of the Year in the Hertfordshire Business Awards 2009.

Small Business Award sponsors The Federation of Small Businesses congratulated the community interest company for carrying off the title.

FSB Project Manager Damian Cummins said: "The Herts Business Awards are a tremendous encouragement to independent businesses to put themselves forwards, take stock of their achievements and get together with other businesses to celebrate their success.

"Conditions are very difficult right now but small businesses are fighting back and are inspirational to everyone working to get the UK economy going again.

South Mimms based ANLP International, a Social Enterprise (Community Interest Company) since 2008, exists as an impartial and independent voice for Neuro Linguistic Programming.

MD Karen Moxom said "We are thrilled to have won the Small Business of the Year Award and I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to the FSB for sponsoring it. It is superb to have been given the opportunity to win such a prestigious Award.

"We found the whole experience incredibly interesting and useful. It really made us focus and we realised how much we have achieved. Sometimes in business you forget to turn around and see how far you have come."

Karen also scored a double by winning the Herts Woman of the Year Award.