The finalists for the 2022 Cornwall Business Awards are getting set for Showdown Day tomorrow (June 17), as they fight for their right to be a winner at the major awards night later this month.

A bit like facing the Dragons in the Den, Showdown Day presents as the final opportunity for each business to explain to the judges why they think they should win their category.

In a quick-fire round, each finalist will have just a few minutes to make their pitch. They will then be grilled by Showdown Day judges Professor Emma Hunt, vice-chancellor and chief executive of Falmouth University, and Dr Christine Allison from the South West Business Council, and the chair of South West Investment Group (SWIG) Finance.

It is set to be a fast-paced event with 38 businesses from across the county relishing the opportunity to bring their online entry to life for the judges.

Dr Allison said: “There are huge variety of businesses who have made it through as finalists, many of these reflecting a great sense of place and uniqueness. I’ll be looking for focus, commitment, those who have had the ability to both weather the hard times and succeed in the good times, and those who know their market niche but are ready to pivot when new opportunities present themselves.”

Second Showdown Day judge, Professor Emma Hunt said she will be looking to reward those businesses who are both innovative and ambitious.

“I’ll also be interested to understand how each organisation is planning for future growth and sustainability, as well supporting young people into rewarding jobs,” she said.

The winners will be announced at the awards night on June 30 at St Mellion Estate, but you can also vote for your favourite business too via the People’s Choice Award.

The People’s Choice Award will be voted for by the public, with all finalists from across the 15 categories in the running to win this award. The vote will be live right up until the night of the awards on June 30.