At the Cornwall Business Awards, presented last Thursday, Cornwall’s Voluntary Sector came away with four awards, including Business of the Year, in a major boost for the profile of the sector.  Congratulations to all the organisations that were finalists, and especial congratulations to the four voluntary sector organisations who walked away with prizes!

The short films about the winning entries are taken from the Cornwall Business Awards Facebook page, where there is more information about the other winners.

Cornwall Business of the  Year

Cornwall Air Ambulance won the public vote for Cornwall Business of the Year, presented by British rower and two time Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover MBE.

The Cornwall Air Ambulance team, receiving their award.


Best Business with a Purpose sponsored by Eden Project

St Petrocs won this category.  St Petrocs works to end street homelessness in Cornwall by providing accommodation, support, advice, training and resettlement services to single homeless people.

In their celebratory press release, St Petrocs say that they re-housed 581 people, and the rough sleeping figures for Cornwall saw a reduction for the second year on the trot, down from 99 to 53. You can download the full press release here.

St Petrocs receiving the Award. With Helen Glover and Peter Stewart.

Ambassador of the Year sponsored by Corserv

This category was won by The School for Social Entrepreneurs, Cornwall, which supports individuals to gain the skills and expertise they need to help build a fair and equal society where the potential of all people is fully realised.

Circular Economy sponsored by Tevi

‘The circular economy award recognises enterprises in Cornwall that can demonstrate a circular approach to business through: Circular product design and innovation, Repair, re-manufacturing, re-purposing or re-use of products, Innovative business management models, The re-use of waste, heat or energy’ according to the CBA website.

The award this year was won by Cultivate Cornwall CIC, which was formed in 2016, and mainly works with industry textile waste.  They use this to bring education, employment, engagement and environment to help communities grow.