Cornwall Business Awards 2018 shortlist revealed
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. Operations Director, Stu Anderson, comments: “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 South West 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 Buddridge, 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.
Shortlisted businesses are now being offered the opportunity to attend a ‘Making the Most of Your Award’ PR workshop, organised by the Growth and Skills Hub in association with Oxford Innovation’s Transform project on 27 March.
For more information and a full list of shortlisted businesses visit, www.cornwallbusinessawards.com