The best and the brightest of local business were celebrated at the 2022 Cornwall Business Awards last night (June 30), with 14 enterprises leaving St Mellion Estate with trophies for the mantelpiece.

With awards handed out across 15 categories ranging from Best Place to Work to the Rising Star Award recognising the future business leaders of Cornwall, winners represented a diverse range of sectors including Community Interest Companies and not-for-profits, those in manufacturing, marketing, tech, and many more.

The winners included St Columb’s Mike Martin Window Systems, which went home with two accolades – Best Family Business and Growth Business of the Year.

Natalie Crouch from Peaky Digital was named Business Leader of the Year while the hotly- contested Exporter of the Year trophy went to Feritech Global.

In addition to the 15 categories chosen by an expert panel of judges, each finalist also had the opportunity to win the People’s Choice Award, voted by the public, which this year went to The Cornish Company.

Stu Anderson, operations director for award organisers the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth and Skills Hub said: “A huge congratulations to all of the finalist businesses, and particularly to those who took home an award last night.

“Since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic we have seen a resilience in business like never before, as well as the realisation of how businesses – both large and small – are essential to the strength of the Cornish economy, and to the health, wellbeing and happiness of our communities and the people who live here.

“Everyone should be rightly proud of their achievements and it is these businesses that are putting Cornwall on the map, adding weight to the county’s burgeoning reputation for innovation, creativity and excellence.”

Winning Businesses

Beacon Inclusivity Award sponsored by The Beacon Project
Active Plus

Best Business with a Purpose sponsored by Corserv
Boost Innovations

Best Customer Experience sponsored by Talent Tide
Pocketful of Stones Limited

Best Family Business sponsored by St Austell Printing Company
Mike Martin Window Systems

Best New Business sponsored by Outset Cornwall

Best Place to Work sponsored by the Skills Hub
Ocean Housing Group

Business Finance Award sponsored by Cornwall Isles of Scilly Investment Fund
Smile Together Dental CIC

Business Leader of the Year sponsored by Future Focus and Unlocking Potential
Natalie Crouch of Peaky Digital

Clean Growth Award sponsored by University of Exeter   
ARCO 2 Architecture

Employee of the Year sponsored by Truro and Penwith College
Julie Belcher of ISO Spaces

Exporter of the Year sponsored by Business Cornwall
Feritech Global

Growth Business of the Year sponsored by Access to Finance
Mike Martin Window Systems

Rising Star sponsored by Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership
Jamie Murphy of Penzance Dry Dock

Skills Brilliance Award sponsored by Cornwall College Business Training
Pendennis Shipyard

Third Sector Award sponsored by the Eden Project
Coastline Housing

The awards were presented by broadcaster and adventurer, Ben Fogle