Thursday 12th October 2023
Showground, Wadebridge

Training Awards Celebrates 10 years

This year’s Excellence in Business Training Awards officially opened for entries on the 3rd October 2016.

Now in its tenth year, the awards are hosted by CCB, headline sponsor Pirate FM and supported by local businesses and organisations including Sapience HR, Business Cornwall, Midas, Cormac Solutions Ltd, Cornwall Care, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub and Unlocking Potential. The awards attract hundreds of applications from large and small companies across the South West and recognise businesses who invest in their staff.

Mark Peters from Pirate FM said: “Pirate has sponsored these awards because of our passion to broadcast the progress that is being made in the region.  We can never lose sight of the difference that individuals make to a business, a community and themselves.  These awards give a flavour of the achievements made each day, in this great county and beyond. “

Alexandra Davies from Cornwall Care is one of this year’s sponsors, Alexandra commented: “As the largest private care provider in Cornwall, we believe in going above and beyond, offering high quality tailored care. We ensure all our staff are supported through training enabling them to have the skills and knowledge to go that extra mile to improve lives every day. We are delighted to support and encourage the recognition of training and look forward to judging the awards this year.”

Winners from last year include Sponge UK, Helen Triebel from Graphic plc, St Austell Brewery, Amy Jones from Fit N Fun kids, Jed Langdon from Eden Project, Sadler and Bourne, Emily Dunn from Focus Technology Europe Ltd and Cormac Solutions Ltd.

“The awards are always a fantastic celebration of local business success,” said Sally Foard, Director of CCB.  “Over ten years they have provided well deserved recognition for companies who have invested in training and enjoyed measurable benefits.  Planning is already well underway for the tenth awards ceremony in January and the judges are ready and waiting for the applications to start coming in!”

Over the last ten years the CCB has seen thousands of businesses; individuals and apprentices apply to the awards all of which deserve recognition in their own right. Those that are shortlisted and attend the awards evening all have they own personal training story to tell and all deserve to be winners.

Sally Foard added: “Continuously developing the skills of a business is fundamental to its success – to meet some of the employers and staff from the South West who are real proof of this is humbling and always a delight.”

Raoul Humphreys, Acting CEO of the Cornwall College Group, said: “In today’s challenging economic climate it’s good to know businesses are still prioritising training as they plan their budgets – many are recognising that training has a positive financial impact as well as improving staff morale and retention.  I would encourage any business not to be shy and to take the plunge and apply!”

Any business in the region can enter the 2017 awards by sharing how they have used staff training to improve their profitability, staff morale, retention, performance and to gain competitive advantage.

The categories for the awards are:

Outstanding Commitment to Apprenticeships Small (1-50 employees)

Outstanding Commitment to Apprenticeships Medium/Large (51+ employees)

Young Apprentice of the Year (16-18 years old)

Apprentice of the Year (19+ years old)

Individual Champion to Staff Development

Individual Achievement

Outstanding Commitment to Training Small (1 – 50 employees)

Outstanding Commitment to Training Medium (51 – 249 employees)

Outstanding Commitment to Training Large (250+ employees)

Training Programme of the Year

The closing date for applications is midnight Monday 7th November. Enter online at or call CCB on 0800 731 7594 for an application form.