Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust capped a memorable twelve months by being crowned Business of the Year at last night’s (May 14) Cornwall Business Awards.
The air ambulance, the first of its kind in the UK, recently marked 25,000 missions since it was founded in 1987 and this year the trust has added rapid response vehicles and two new helicopters to its fleet.
On the way to the coveted overall Winner of Winners title, the charity was also took the Employer of the Year accolade, while PR and events manager, Tom Matthews, was named Best Young Business Person.
It was also a good night for Penryn-based MuTu Systems, whose online fitness programme for mums impressed the judges enough to scoop the double crown of Best Website and Best International Business.
Showcasing the best and the brightest of Cornwall’s business community, Thursday’s presentation dinner at St Mellion International Resort marked the tenth anniversary of the awards, organised by Cornwall Development Company in partnership with Business Cornwall Magazine and Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.
Winners came from far and wide across Cornwall as businesses from almost every part of the county took to the stage to be presented with their awards by TV space scientist, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE.
CDC chief executive, Suzanne Bond, said: “For ten years, these awards have shone a spotlight on the innovation, dedication and ingenuity that runs right through the core of Cornwall’s business community, showing why we’re such a force to be reckoned with.
“Every year, it gets harder for our independent judges to choose the winners. The creativity, talent, and success stories in the room were all hugely inspiring and everything points towards an exciting future for business in Cornwall.”
Full list of Winners:
Young Enterprise Award: CuraTek (Truro & Penwith College)
Young Business Person of the Year: Tom Matthews (Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust)
Best New Business in Cornwall: Harbour Assist
Best Third Sector Business: Bosence Farm Community
Customer Focus: Gwel An Mor Resort
Employer of the Year: Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust
Best Use of Superfast Broadband: Natural Generation
Most Creative Use of Design: Ultramed
Best Website: MuTu System
Excellence in Digital Marketing: Fluid Branding
Best Family Business: Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding
Best International Business: MuTu System
Business Innovation of the Year: Made Open
Most Dynamic Growth Business: Hydra Group
Entrepreneur of the Year: Adrian Wright (Happy Energy)
Winner of Winners & Cornwall’s Business of the Year: Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust