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Business with a Purpose

Does your business have a mission? We are looking for profit making businesses that are driven by a purpose to make the world a better place. Winners will have clear objectives, and can demonstrate tangible evidence of success in business and mission performance and a compelling vision for the future.

Sponsored by CORSERV

CORSERV is a new company established by Cornwall Council to provide strategic direction and oversight for its existing arm’s length and commercial trading companies: CORMAC Solutions Ltd, Cornwall Airport, Cornwall Housing and Cornwall Development Company

Best Family Business

Does your family mean business? We are looking for how keeping it in the family has impacted on your performance, growth and values at home and work.

We define a family business as being influenced by a family or by a family relationship.For example, the family as a body may effectively control business operations or because family members fill a significant number of the top management positions.

Sponsored by St Austell Printing Company

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St Austell Printing Company is an award winning, family-run printing company with over 35 years experience in quality lithographic and digital printed communications. Based in our purpose-built sustainable factory on the outskirts of St Austell, we offer a full range of printing services as well as an in-house mailing and fulfilment department. We are proud to work with companies of all sizes both here in Cornwall as well as across the UK.

With an ongoing commitment to promoting the Cornish economy, we are undertaking a continued investment in equipment and offering skilled opportunities to local people – helping Cornwall to stay at the forefront of print manufacturing.

Third Sector Award

We are looking for charitable organisations that are driven to make the world a better place. Winners will have clear objectives, and can demonstrate tangible evidence of success in their mission as well as business performance, sustainability and vision for the future.

This award is for all non-profit organisations, community interest companies as well as charities and social enterprises.

Sponsored by Eden Project

Eden Project

The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future. Nestled in a huge crater, massive Biomes house the largest rain forest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to our striking contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year-round family events.  As a registered charity all money raised supports transformational projects and learning programmes.

Sole Trader of the Year

The judges will make this award to a sole trader or person who is self-employed that best demonstrates a successful and competitive business. The judges will be looking for evidence of a sustainable business with ambition to grow. 

Sponsored by Lang Bennetts

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Lang Bennetts is an accountancy firm established more that 80 years ago, we work with a range of businesses across a variety of sectors.

Clean Growth Award

Does your business have a plan for doing business well and minimising impact on the planet? Clean Growth is about reshaping the way business is done so that waste is designed out of the way we live.

Sponsored by Impact, Innovation and Business at the University of Exeter

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The Innovation, Impact and Business team works across the research and education landscape. Experts in: • Driving impact • Connecting partners • Creating opportunities • Generating value

Growth Business Award

Is you business on the up? Have you achieved outstanding levels of sales, profit and market share?

The judges will be looking for a business that has delivered on planned growth and increase in productivity through great marketing, leadership and performance management.

Sponsored by Access to Finance 

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Access to Finance provides fully funded support to eligible businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly who wish to raise funding or grants for their business.

Exporter of the Year

In this category, judges are looking for companies who demonstrate significant export sales and who in the judges’ opinion show the greatest success in accessing overseas markets.

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Rising Star Award

The award recognises outstanding achievement from a company that is run by an owner manager aged 30 or under as of 1st January 2020. The judges are looking for a business that has demonstrated tangible evidence of success with a journey to growth personally and professionally. The business will have a clear and compelling vision for the future with planned strategy and expected forecasts.

Sponsored by Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership 

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The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership drives activity to support business growth, create jobs and help people realise their potential. We are led by local business people working together with Cornwall Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly to set the priorities for how our economy should grow. Our role is to oversee how best to invest over £1 billion of public, private and European funds in the local economy by 2020

Employee of the Year

This award is made to a person that best demonstrates ambition, leadership and vision, as well as tangible success.This award is for employees that have had an outstanding impact in contributing to the successes of a business or organisation.

Sponsored by Truro and Penwith College

Truro and Penwith College is a tertiary college and one of the best further education colleges in the country. Awarded the Training Quality Standard, Truro and Penwith College Business delivers high quality training and development solutions that make a real difference to employers. Apprenticeships, Business Skills, Management Training and Professional Qualifications are part of a complete range of opportunities offered throughout Cornwall to boost business performance.

Best Place to Work

Do your staff love Mondays? What makes your team want to come to work and do a great job? How does having a happy workforce impact on your business performance? The judges are looking for a business that best demonstrates how its people are engaged and supported and how this has improved its performance and create a committed, motivated and effective workforce. 

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Best New Business

The award recognises outstanding achievement from a company that started trading in the last two years. The judges are looking for companies that have exceeded expectations and forecasts, demonstrated tangible evidence of commercial success and have a clear and compelling vision for the future.

Sponsored by Outset Cornwall

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Outset Cornwall offers an award-winning programme of tailored advice and support to help people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly start, run and grow a business.

Business Finance Award

Have you made a real impact with an injection of finance into your business?
The Business Finance Award will judge a business that has taken positive steps to grow their business with a targeted injection of external finance which could be from a range of sources. 

Sponsored Cornwall Isles of Scilly Investment Fund

The £40m Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF) provides commercially focused finance through a Debt and Equity Fund to SMEs in the region, at all stages of their development.

Best Customer Experience

Do you love your customers? The judges are looking for a business that goes above and beyond expectations to deliver the best possible experience for their customers. With procedures in place to track how this impacts on your business, with every team member playing their part. 

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Business Leader of the Year

This award will be made to a person who best demonstrates vision and leadership in the development of a business which has real impact on performance and wider workforce development.

Sponsored by Unlocking Potential In Focus

At Unlocking Potential we deliver a range of services for people looking for their dream professional job, entrepreneurs, start-ups and existing businesses here in Cornwall. We understand time is short for those at the top – so we’ll help you discover strength and energy to accelerate growth, reduce risk and create change. 

Pirate FM Brand Builder Award

Pirate FM Brand Builder Award will be chosen from the shortlist of finalists by the team from Pirate FM. From all the finalists they will choose their winner of who they think the prize will have the greatest impact. 

The winner will receive a marketing campaign with Pirate FM to the value of £10,000 includes, digital display advertising, 1 x promotional video, social media campaign, 2 x 30” commercials scripted and produced and a 3 month on air campaign with Pirate FM, plus free marketing advice for the entire year.

People's Choice 2020

This award will be made to the one of the finalist businesses chosen from a public vote. Each of our finalist businesses are outstanding organisations from each of the winning categories that have demonstrated growth, ambition and innovation in its market sector, strong financial performance, significant presence within its sector, as well as a significant contribution to Cornwall. The voting will open after the finalists are announced and continues right up until after the last category winner is announced at the awards.  

Sponsored by Watson Marlow Fluid Technology Group 

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Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group comprises of ten established brands, together they provide leading engineering solutions across the food, pharmaceutical, chemical and environmental industries. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc, a global organisation employing 7,900 people and it is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index.