The winners of the 2013 Hub Awards were announced on Thursday November 28 to an audience of more than 120 Cornish business people.
The annual event, which celebrates some of Cornwall’s most talented, dynamic and successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, was held at the Alverton in Truro.
Three new awards were added to the evening’s spectacle including: Best Use of Digital, Cornish Business Leader of the Year and Best Cornish Business of the Year. The other categories up for grabs on the night included Best Business Start Up, Employee of The Year and Creative Project of the Year.
One of the most highly anticipated awards on the night was Cornish Business Leader of the Year which was awarded to Mark Etherington, managing director of Brian Etherington Meat Co.
The judges said the leadership calibre for all three people shortlisted in the inaugural award was “exceptional.” Mark shone out as being able to demonstrate how his direction has had the biggest impact in the last 12 months. Judges praised Mark for creating and crafting an exciting new vision for the Scorrier-based family business, including the launch of a new butchery training academy and a new retail store at the end of last year.
The highly contested Cornish Business of the Year was scooped by St Ives based Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole Architects.
Judges commended the company for transforming itself from a traditional business to one that is ready to face the future at the same time as maintaining its Cornish roots. As well as shortly celebrating 40 years of trading by investing in bespoke all-new premises and the latest superfast broadband and digital technology, the company also plans to expand its current workforce.
The Best Business Start Up gong was awarded to the Cornwall Camper Company in St Austell. Founded by Jess Ratty and partner Ben Ford in December 2012, judges praised the VW camper hire company for being a new business that has great scalability and a very strong structure and future forecasts.
OUTFIT Cornwall, launched by Ian Pogonowski in July this year, scooped the top title in the Best Use of Digital category. The judges commended Ian for creating a truly inspiring online lifestyle magazine that was launched to highlight all that is cool about Cornwall. Judges said that OUTFIT Cornwall is an incredibly well executed product that is making a great use of digital for its target 16-25 market.
The Creative Project of the Year award was given to Design Shack, Event Heads and the Voice Group for their collaborative work on the Looe Music Festival. Judges commended their efforts for creating a very strong brand identity which has extended the event’s reach and has in turn resulted in the event growing year on year.
This year’s Employee of the Year award was handed to Matt Dennison from Penryn-based Blue Flame. Matt, who has been with the heating-solutions company for 13 years, was recognised by the judges as being an outstanding employee who has a real passion for inspiring and developing others to achieve their full potential. Matt joined the team as an apprentice and is now responsible for managing a team.
Amy Weeks, one of the Hub’s volunteer committee members, said: “The Hub Awards has grown to be one of the most well-regarded business awards on the Cornish calendar. The event always aims to showcase some of the most creative and dynamic Cornish business talent and this year was no exception.”
The 2013 Hub Awards was sponsored by Truro & Penwith College, Unlocking Potential, JH AV, Oxford Innovation and YTKO. The award’s media sponsors were Business Cornwall and Pirate FM. Leap Design also supported the event by designing the awards.