The awards celebrate Cornwall’s brightest young business talent and were organised by Cornwall Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Business Cornwall magazine, networking group The Hub and sponsor, Cornwall College.
Cornwall Chamber chief executive, Kim Conchie, said: “The Class of 2018 is every bit as dynamic, disruptive and diverse as in previous years, and long may the tradition continue.”
The winners will be presented with their certificates at an informal awards evening at the Penventon Hotel on April 4.
The full story of Cornwall’s 30 under 30 appears in a special seven-page feature in the February issue of Business Cornwall magazine.
30 under 30 Class of 2018
INVEST IN CORNWALL
Abi Rule has a number of strings to her bow. As trade and investment manager at Cornwall Development Company’s inward investment service, Abi could be in California one moment, putting Cornwall’s case forward as a business destination; to covering a major international horse event the next for her hugely successful equestrian/country lifestyle blog – A Country Lady.
THE CORNISH LIFE
Something of a creative tour-de-force, Cornish entrepreneur Anna Clark started her own website and branding company aged just 21.
CORNWALL MARINE NETWORK
In the nine years that Bethany Allen has been with Cornwall Marine Network (CMN), she has worked her way up from administrator to claims and operations manager.
ATTA STREET FOOD
An entrepreneur with a strong sense of social and environmental conscience. Not only has Brad Snowden developed a successful plastic-free vegan Indian street food stall with a strong following across Cornwall, he also helps the homeless by sharing food with those most in need.
CLOJO RUTH DESIGN
Clojo Bedingham originally had a career in the police force in mind but had a change of heart after discovering the delights of digital embroidery. And she hasn’t looked back.
Described by his nominator as “a brilliant manager and exceptional thinker”, Connor Smith has played a key role in the development of a market-leading reporting dashboard for UK dentists.
A cut above the rest, Daniel Maltwood is displaying razor sharp business acumen and a keen desire to succeed in building his St Agnes-based bespoke knife manufacturing business, Pareusi.
BEACH GUARDIAN CIC
Emily set up Beach Guardian CIC, which organises voluntary beach cleans in Cornwall to protect its natural environment.
WILD WEST COMMUNICATIONS
Florence Bate has been with Truro-based PR agency for a little over two years and was recently promoted to account manager.
Since taking over the running of Crossfit Newquay with her partner, Hannah Goodall has helped membership numbers rapidly increase.
WARD WILLIAMS ASSOCIATES
James Griffin’s first taste of construction came from working abroad as a labourer and trades supervisor. He knew that construction was his calling and subsequently joined Truro consultancy Ward Williams in 2016 as an assistant project manager.
Jess Crook has been with Truro-based accountancy Whyfield since day one in 2014 and her growth has matched that of the firm – rapid!
Jessica Hodges has played a lead role in the St Petrocs’ ‘Let’s End Street Homelessness in Cornwall’ campaign, and helped bridge the gap from its work being well-meaning to being professionally well-meaning.
“A top guy…I still can’t believe he’s an accountant,” exclaimed one of Josh Collett’s start-up clients in his nomination. Atypical or not, Josh has rapidly established himself at Truro firm Whyfield, where he is now seen as the go-to digital accountant.
CORNISH WINE TOURS
It takes courage and commitment to follow through with a new business idea and Kate McBurnie certainly has that. Capitalising on Cornwall’s growing reputation for its wine, Kate quit her job, bought a minibus and from March 2018 began running vineyard and wine tasting tours by herself.
OH SO SOCIAL
The third successive year that Katherine George has appeared on Cornwall’s 30 under 30 list, and once again very-much deserved for the social media ‘guru’.
SMILE TOGETHER DENTAL CIC
Katie Rowe is a qualified dental nurse with the Smile Together Dental CIC, an employee-owned social enterprise investing its profits back into the local community.
Cornwall, of course, has a rich mining heritage. And it also has a future, with Lucy Crane fully playing her part at Cornish Lithium, which seeks to establish a lithium extraction industry in Cornwall.
With a first class degree from the University of Plymouth, Marc Jones joined engineering consultancy Hydrock in Camborne in 2014.
THE MODERN MIDWIFE
A Cornish midwife turned entrepreneur, Marie Hurworth launched her ‘grab and go’ maternity bag in 2017 after seeing the results of conflicting advice on what to pack when heading off to hospital or preparing for a home birth.
ST AUSTELL BREWERY
Megan Hocking has proven herself to be an invaluable member to St Austell Brewery’s marketing team since joining a year ago.
THE PIER FALMOUTH
Armed with tireless drive, boundless enthusiasm and a good old-fashioned ‘can-do’ attitude, Megan Vanstone successfully transformed a run-down ‘greasy spoon’ into a popular café/restaurant serving delicious locally-sourced dishes.
NINA CONSTABLE MEDIA
Nina Constable is an award-winning film maker, focusing on producing outstanding people, conservation and commercial documentaries on subjects from Cornwall and around the world.
HARDING & WAKEFIELD
Sam Harding is the co-founder of two successful local businesses – independent Falmouth estate agency Harding & Wakefield, and Ardent Construction, which builds new homes throughout west Cornwall.
Google certified digital marketing expert Samantha Charles founded her search marketing agency, Float Digital, in 2016 and her extensive portfolio includes working with over 150 brands both locally and internationally.
While Shannon Smith has been with the iSight Cornwall charity for less than a year, in that short time she has made an instant impact.
Bspoke IT founding director Simon Julian has been a key player in the company securing a number of projects with the likes of NHS England and Visit Cornwall, which has helped ensure the success of the businesses.
An award winning knitwear designer, Stacie Clark is a graduate from the Lloyds School for Social Entrepreneurs programme. She founded her own community interest company, New Day Knitwear, before realising greater social impact through a merger with Quiet Connections CIC.
SEA SPRAY FISTRAL
Upon completing his business studies course at Truro College in 2017, rather than go to university, Stephen Edwards chose to instead put his classroom knowledge to the test and take on the running of a failing Newquay café.
William Griffin co-founded his company while studying for a Business Entrepreneurship degree at Falmouth University. And less than a year after graduating, he has grown it into a successful digital marketing business, specialising in automotive and luxury goods.