Business Awards preview part III

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Continuing our preview of the Cornwall Business Awards (May 15), we run through the entrants in the Employer of the Year and Best Use of Superfast Broadband categories.

Cornish Mutual staff training
Cornish Mutual staff training

Truro-based insurance company, Cornish Mutual, is a finalist in two categories. As well as its Customer Focus nomination, it is also up for Employer of the Year. And according to MD, Alan Goddard, the two skill sets go hand in hand.

“As a business we focus on delivering an outstanding customer service to our members,” he says, “and one of the ways we do this is through commitment to developing our people – which is why we are so proud of this double nomination.”

To win the title of Employer of the Year, however, it must first beat off the competition of two other Truro-based businesses – fast-growing offshore personnel transfer pioneer, Reflex Marine, which has been shortlisted for this category for the third year running, and health and social care provider, Cornwall Care.

The company invests heavily in training to ensure staff are equipped to help ageing people with increasingly complex needs.

Chief executive, Douglas Webb, said: “We are very proud to be a part of the Cornwall Business Awards. Our success has as much to do with attitude as aptitude – it’s what’s in our hearts, not just our heads.”

Three very different types of business are up for award of Best Use of Superfast Broadband.

United Downs-based Clear-flow will be flushed with success if it carries the trophy home for its technology to speed the repair of damaged water pipes, while PBWC Architects of St Ives has been shortlisted for its early implementation of Business Information Modelling systems.

Natural Generation MD, Ivor Thompson
Natural Generation MD, Ivor Thompson

Finally, Natural Generation managing director, Ivor Thompson, will be attending the awards on his birthday, to see if the Perranporth company’s work giving its renewable energy teams access to online resources is named Best Use of Superfast Broadband.

He says: “The awards presentation is on my birthday, so we’ll be celebrating whatever the outcome! Seriously, though, it’s good to fly the flag for the renewable energy sector.”

Tomorrow, we shall be taking a look at the runners and riders for the Most Dynamic Growth Business and Most Creative Use of Design categories.

The Cornwall Business Awards will take place at St Mellion International on Thursday, May 15. For details of other events taking place during Cornwall Business Week, click here.