Cornwall Business Awards shortlist revealed

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The shortlist for next month’s Cornwall Business Awards at the St Mellion International Golf and Country Club has been announced.

In total, 26 of the Duchy’s most successful companies are in the running for an award at the ceremony which takes place on Thursday, May 14. And three companies – Threemilestone-based energy saving firm Somar International; Penryn-based Large Diameter Drilling; and Cornwall’s reigning Business of the Year, Frugi, are up for three awards each.

Now in their fourth year, the Cornwall Business Awards are designed to showcase the county’s vibrant business community. And between them, despite current market conditions, the finalists have created some 222 extra jobs in Cornwall in the last year alone, and seen their average turnover increase by 71%. 

The Awards are being presented by the Cornwall Development Company in partnership with both the South West of England Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) and Business Link

Cornwall Development Company business enterprise manager Nick Blandford, said: “These exciting, thriving local companies prove that Cornwall’s development as a seed bed for innovative, environmentally conscious and exceptionally talented businesspeople continues unabated.  The Awards dinner should be quite some celebration!”

Adam Chambers, chief executive of Business Link in Cornwall, Isles of Scilly, Devon and Somerset added: “The fastest way for a business to prosper is to be excellent at what it does. The quality of the finalists is testament to that.”

Cornwall Business Awards 2009:  finalists in full

Best Use of Technology (sponsored by BT): Flying Start; Somar International; TJ International 

Customer Focus (sponsored by HSBC): Budock Vean Hotel; Cornwall Refrigerated Transport Services; Frugi; Somar International

Best Exporter (sponsored by UK Trade): Gasworld Truro; Large Diameter Drilling; Investment Zoeftig 

Best Website (sponsored by actnow): Bedruthan Steps Hotel; Finisterre; St Agnes; St Moritz Hotel & Spa

Marketing Strategy (sponsored by Ginsters): Budock Vean Hotel; Cornish Sea Salt; Frugi

Business Innovation (sponsored by Eden Project): Composite Integration;The Electronic Waste Company; Enact Energy Management

Best Diversification (sponsored by Cornwall Chamber): dash4it.co.uk; Perfect Example; Somar International

Growth Strategy (sponsored by SWRDA):  The Electronic Waste Company; Large Diameter Drilling; Marbel

Business Improvement Through People (sponsored by Cornwall College Business): Pall (Newquay); TJ International; TRAC Services 

Best New Business (sponsored by Worldwide Financial Planning): Cornish Gems; Cornish Sea Salt; Large Diameter Drilling

Entrepreneur (sponsored by Coodes): Christoph Bettin (Marbel); Tom Kay (Finisterre); Lyn Thompson (Milkwood Publishing)

Business Leader (sponsored by NatWest): Amanda Barlow (Spiezia Organics); Lucy Jewson (Frugi); Sarah & Jonathan Trethowan (TRAC Services)

Young Business Person (sponsored by First Great Western): Shelley Fletcher (Deborah Clark Associates); Rachel Picken (mpad); Chris Thomson (Errant Surf Holidays)