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Excellence celebrated at local business awards

All Winners (click image to enlarge)

Over 150 business people celebrated on Friday evening as the best of the best were honoured at a business awards ceremony. South West Water, Absolute Recycling and Mining Searches UK were amongst the winners at the 2013 Excellence in Business Training Awards, hosted by Cornwall College Business.

The sixth annual awards supported by FalFish, Cornwall and Devon Media and Pirate FM, recognise those businesses across the South West  who have seen exceptional growth and success, as  a result of training and developing staff.

The Awards Ceremony, hosted at the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay, was a night to celebrate the achievements of both individuals and businesses. Winning businesses came from across Cornwall and Devon and included South West Water, Cornwall Solar Panels, Ocean Housing Group, Eight Wire, Absolute Recycling Company Ltd., Mining Searches UK, Reflex Marine, Kayleigh Radcliffe (Klimek Jewellers) and Henry Osborne (Greenbank Hotel).

This year saw South West Water win the Outstanding Commitment to Training (Large Company) as well as the overall Winner of Winners Award. South West Water have introduced an extensive new training programme that provides employees with a comprehensive understanding of its business and strategy, as well as learning and development initiatives to enhance personal and career development. They also run a large apprenticeship programme in partnership with Cornwall College which is developing a workforce of the future.

The Outstanding Commitment to Training Award was sponsored and judged by Arthur Hooper from Cormac Solutions Ltd, who said: “South West Water has developed an approach to training which fulfils both its strategic and learning objectives and has been embraced by staff and managers alike. South West Water has clearly demonstrated its commitment to its people and this has enabled their staff to develop initiatives to improve the business going forward, whilst at the same time enriching their knowledge, skills and ambition.”

Further winners include Mining Searches UK, who was acknowledged for Achievement of Significant Business Impact as a result of extensive training which has seen them increase sales by 4% in Cornwall and into new national markets by 4% in 2012. Cornwall Solar Panels was awarded Outstanding Commitment to Training (SME) because they have been able to increase market share and expand, winning new contracts as a result of its people and the skills developed. Absolute Recycling from Plymouth won Excellence in Environmental Training following an extensive training programme that has allowed them to reduce the amount of waste its clients send to landfill sites by 95%.

Henry Osborne, Apprentice Chef at the Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth won the Apprentice of the Year Award. Henry’s committed attitude and dedication to his career and training at Cornwall College has enabled his head chef to showcase their talents at public events and dedicate more time to developing new menus whilst Henry has taken on responsibilities for hygiene, the kitchen porters and also managed the kitchen for short periods in her absence.

Raoul Humphreys, Deputy CEO of Cornwall College, opened the awards and said:  “The entries to this year’s awards have all been exceptional and I know the judges had a very difficult time in selecting just one winner in each category. It is so inspiring to see the tremendous successes that businesses in the South West have seen as a result of training and developing their staff and is always a pleasure to take the opportunity to celebrate with those businesses at the awards. Congratulations to the shortlisted and winning individuals and businesses.”

To see the offical photography of this years awards click here.

Full list of winners and runners-up:

Outstanding Commitment to Training
Sponsored by Cormac Solutions Ltd.
Winner:  South West Water
Plymouth Citybus
Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust

Outstanding Commitment to Training SME
Sponsored by Cornwall Care
Winner: Cornwall Solar Panels
Ocean Housing Group
China Fleet Country Club

Outstanding Commitment to Apprenticeships
Sponsored by Unlocking Potential
Winner: Ocean Housing Group
Nathan Outlaw Restaurants Ltd.

Commitment to Graduate Development
Sponsored by Deloitte
Winner: Eight Wire
Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole Architects Limited.

Excellence in Environmental Training
Sponsored by T J International
Winner: Absolute Recycling Company Ltd.
KCS Print

Achievement of Significant Impact
Sponsored by Cornwall Development Company
Winner: Mining Searches UK               
Cornwall Leadership Academy                       
Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service

Training Programme of the Year
Sponsored by Pirate FM
Winner: Reflex Marine Ltd.
Kelly’s of Cornwall
Cornwall Council

Individual Achievement
Sponsored by Midas
Winner: Kayleigh Radcliffe, Klimek Jewellers
Joe Milton , Mining Searches UK
Helen Lynch, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust

Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by Falfish
Winner: Henry Osborne, The Greenbank Hotel
Lizzie Hosken, Clark Jenner Angove Accountants
Bronte James, Cutting Edge

If you are interested in nominating your company for an Excellence in Business Training Award in 2014, the organisation for next year’s event is already underway.  To register your interest and receive an alert when nominations are open, please email or visit

For details on training for your business, see Cornwall College Business’s website or call 0800 731 7594.

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