Hub Launches Fourth Awards Scheme For Dynamic Businesses In Cornwall

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Cornish networking organisation the Hub is looking for dynamic, fresh businesses and individuals to put themselves forward for its fourth awards scheme.

Since 2004, the Hub Awards have recognised the excellence and positive impact of young entrepreneurs in Cornwall, and this year will be doing it again in style.

A glittering event is being planned for November 27 at the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay, and meanwhile, the Hub is calling for entries in five categories.

These are Entrepreneur of the Year, Employee of the Year, Eco Hero, Best Business Start Up, Innovator of the Year and an award for Contribution to the Hub.

Traditionally, Hub Awards have only been open to business people aged 30 and under. While the 2008 awards will continue to celebrate the best young entrepreneurs and employees in Cornwall, four of the awards are open to all age groups.

The awards are being sponsored by Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP), Combined Universities in Cornwall and Business Link.

Committee Member and event organiser Andrew Weaver of Live Events South West explains: “We’re pulling out the stops this year. Different formats have been tried in the past but the Hub want to really celebrate the fantastic work which is going on in entrepreneurial Cornwall.

“We recognise that it’s not just younger business people who enjoy being part of the Hub – it’s also about people new to business and we welcome entrepreneurs of all ages to our events.

“That’s why this year we have opened up the categories to embrace all that is exciting and innovative, which sums up what the Hub is all about.”

Entries can be submitted by downloading an application form at www.cornwallhub.org. Closing date is September 30.

Awards are judged by a panel of experienced and established businesspeople, headed up by Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) chairman Martin Follett and chief executive Richard Glover.

Mr Follett said: “The people who win Hub awards are already making waves in their field and go on to shape our county in the future. We’re very proud of our role in achieving that.”

For more information on the Hub, go to www.cornwallhub.org.

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