The shortlist for the Cornwall Business Awards 2018 has been revealed, featuring 31 businesses from Bude to the Isles of Scilly, and covering a diverse range of sectors.
The shortlist for the Cornwall Business Awards 2018 has been revealed, featuring 31 businesses from Bude to the Isles of Scillly, and covering a diverse range of sectors.
Helston based specialist staircase company, Spiral UK, and Teagle Machinery Ltd near Truro, lead the line-up having been shortlisted in four categories each.
The shortlisted businesses are now in the running for the coveted awards and are tentatively awaiting the ceremony on 19 April at St Mellion International Resort, when they will find out who has won.
The Awards are organised and hosted by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth and Skills Hub, a signposting service that helps businesses grow by finding tailored support or developing their teams through training and staff development
“It may sound cliché but the judging has been extremely tough, we have been blown away by the quality of entries.
“Our expert panel of over 30 judges have reviewed, deliberated and scored the entries and as a result of this rigorous process the awards really mean something – they are a true mark of excellence. Whether businesses take home the gong or not, they can pride themselves on being among the best businesses in Cornwall.”
Having attracted a bumper number of applications the judges faced a harder job than ever before to whittle down the entries across the 14 award categories. Jacky Swain from Commercial Estates Group was one of the judges faced with the difficult task. On judging the Most Creative Use of Design category she said: “It was one of the most difficult things I have ever done. Reading through the applications makes me so proud of the Cornish business community.”
Barbara Sharples, Ex Managing Director of Body Shop International, shared the sentiment: “It is a great pleasure and privilege to be part of the Cornwall Business Awards. Every entry was excellent; they could all be winners.”
Other judges from across the public and private sector included Mark Duddridge, Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, Beth Mayman, Operations Director for St Austell Print Company and Wayne Hewitt, Plant Manager of Pall Corporation.
Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by Truro & Penwith College
Jesse Wilson from Jubel Ltd
Sam Karkeek from WAX
Aiden Hicks from Westward Farm
Best New Business In Cornwall sponsored by Outset Cornwall
Best Third Sector Business sponsored by the Eden Project
Customer Focus sponsored by St Austell Brewery
Employer of the Year sponsored by Cornwall College Business
Manufacturer of the Year sponsored by Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership
Most Creative Use of Design sponsored by Commercial Estates Group
Sustainable Business of the Year sponsored by University of Exeter, Cornwall
Excellence in Digital Marketing sponsored by Business Cornwall
Most Dynamic Growth Business sponsored by Transform
Best Family Business sponsored by St Austell Printing Company
Best International Business Sponsored by Pall Corporation
Business Innovation of the Year sponsored by CORSERV
Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by Future Focus from Unlocking Potential
Andrew Holland from Spiral UK
Wayne Retallack from South West Laundry Ltd
Jeremy Sneller from TouchByte Ltd