The search is on for the best of the best as the Cornwall Business Awards launch for 2019. From innovation and excellence in best practice to inspirational stories of success and growth; the Awards recognise companies that demonstrate why Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is such a great place to do business.

Now in their 14th year, the Awards are organised and delivered by the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth and Skills Hub, who provide an independent and impartial service to help businesses grow through specialist support and training.

Using the expertise and knowledge gained from working with local businesses, the team at the Growth and Skills Hub have been busy re-writing all new questions for every category. Taking out the jargon and having a clear guide on what the judges are looking for should take some of the mystery out of applying, as well as providing a robust test for demonstrating success.

To find the best of the local economy, the Awards have also introduced new categories, enabling every business to have a chance at recognition.

“We wanted to give every type of business the opportunity to apply so, as well as new categories such as Product of the Year and the Circular Economy Award, we have also introduced Sole Trader of Year. 35% of the businesses the Growth Hub speak to are self-employed and we wanted to recognise this huge section of business activity in the Awards.”

Kirsty Miles-Musgrave

Communications Manager , Growth and Skills Hub

It is completely free to enter so register with the website to take a look at the categories and receive top tips and guidance from the Growth & Skills Hub on completing your application.

The finalists will be announced at the start of May and then, for the first time, the people of Cornwall will be asked to pick the Business of the Year via a public vote of those shortlisted.  One lucky winner will also receive a £10,000 marketing campaign from Media Partner Pirate FM, including digital and on-air advertising.

Any business or sole trader based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly can apply with applications open until the end of March.  A handful of sponsorship packages are still available starting from just £500.