The best and the brightest of local business were celebrated at the 2022 Cornwall Business Awards last night, with 14 businesses leaving St Mellion Estate with trophies for the mantelpiece.
With awards handed out across 15 categories ranging from Best Place to Work to the Rising Star Award recognising the future business leaders of Cornwall, winners represented a diverse range of sectors including Community Interest Companies and not-for-profits, those in manufacturing, marketing, tech, and many more.
The winners included St Columb’s Mike Martin Window Systems, who went home with two accolades: Best Family Business and Growth Business of the Year. Boost Innovations won Best Business with a Purpose, the hotly contested Exporter of the Year was awarded to Feritech Global and ARCO2 Architecture took away the Clean Growth Award.
James Martin, Director of Mike Martin Window Systems, said the recognition was incredibly satisfying for the family business established in 1986.
“We are absolutely chuffed. I’m so proud to be carrying on the tradition of what my Dad started over 30 years ago. We’re going from strength to strength and tonight is certainly the icing on the cake,“ he said.
Natalie Crouch, Managing Director of full-scale digital marketing agency Peaky Digital, was another thrilled to walk away as an award winner, taking home Business Leader of the Year.
“To be recognised amongst so many fantastic Cornish businesses is amazing We’ve come such a long way as a team the past few years, a team I couldn’t do anything without, and we certainly feel as if we are continuing to grow,” she said.
In addition to the 15 categories chosen by an expert panel of judges, each finalist also had the opportunity to win the People’s Choice Award, voted by the public. In a hotly contested race with over 10 thousand votes the People’s Choice Award winner for 2002 was The Cornish Company.
Stu Anderson, Operations Director for award organisers the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth and Skills Hub said:
“A huge congratulations to all of the finalist businesses, and particularly to those who took home an award last night.
“Everyone should be rightly proud of their achievements, and it is these businesses that are putting Cornwall on the map, adding weight to the county’s burgeoning reputation for innovation, creativity and excellence.”
Beacon Inclusivity Award sponsored by The Beacon Project
Best Business with a Purpose sponsored by Corserv
Best Customer Experience sponsored by Talent Tide
Pocketful of Stones Limited
Best Family Business sponsored by St Austell Printing Company
Mike Martin Window Systems
Best New Business sponsored by Outset Cornwall
Best Place to Work sponsored by the Skills Hub
Ocean Housing Group
Business Finance Award sponsored by Cornwall Isles of Scilly Investment Fund
Smile Together Dental CIC
Business Leader of the Year sponsored by Future Focus and Unlocking Potential
Natalie Crouch of Peaky Digital
Clean Growth Award sponsored by University of Exeter
ARCO 2 Architecture
Employee of the Year sponsored by Truro and Penwith College
Julie Belcher of ISO Spaces
Exporter of the Year sponsored by Business Cornwall
Growth Business of the Year sponsored by Access to Finance
Mike Martin Window Systems
Rising Star sponsored by Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership
Jamie Murphy of Penzance Dry Dock
Skills Brilliance Award sponsored by Cornwall College Business Training
Third Sector Award sponsored by the Eden Project
People’s Choice Award sponsored by Watson Marlow Fluid Technology Solutions
The Cornish Company