Yesterday saw all the finalists for the Cornwall Business Awards attend the first ever Showdown Day at Trevenson House in Pool, where they faced the judges and met other finalists in their category.

A bit like facing the Dragons in Dragons Den, Showdown Day was a fantastic opportunity for each business to pitch to the judges as to why they thought they should win the award. In a very quick fire round, each finalist had just two minutes to make their pitch and then they were asked a series of questions about their company or organisation.

From playing caterpillar tennis with the judges to bringing along some seagulls, from a life-size rocking sheep made from recycled materials to a dog-sized hand cast bed (used at trade shows), the day was a fun-filled fast paced event with businesses from across the county.

We were delighted to see such enthusiasm and excitement from all attendees. Stu Anderson, Operations Director at the Growth and Skills Hub commented on judging for the Sole Trader of the Year category “What a fantastic morning it has been, meeting the businesses, looking at their ambition, really hard job to judge them but a fantastic morning nevertheless.”

The winners have now been chosen and all will be revealed on the 27th June at the awards ceremony, there are just a few tickets left, be sure to grab yours now.