Awards seeking excellence in business across the region

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The 2019 Excellence in Business Training Awards is opening for entries from the 1st April 2019. 

Now in its twelfth year, the awards are hosted by CCB Training part of The Cornwall College Group and attract hundreds of applications from large and small companies from all sectors across the South West. 

“The awards are always a fantastic celebration of local business success,” said Sally Foard, Director of CCB. 

“They have provided well deserved recognition for companies who have invested in training and enjoyed measurable benefits.  Planning is already well underway for a festival-style awards ceremony on the 18th July at the Cornish Tipi Holidays, a unique venue in North Cornwall. Apply now to be part of the celebrations, our judges are ready and waiting for the applications to start coming in!” 

The awards are sponsored and supported by local businesses and organisations across the region including Pirate FM, Sapience HR, Business Cornwall, The Centre of Housing and Support, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Skills Hub, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Devon Chamber of Commerce. 

Mark Peters from Pirate FM said the station has sponsored these awards “because of our passion to broadcast the progress that is being made in the region”. 

“We can never lose sight of the difference that individuals make to a business, a community and themselves,” he continued. 

“These awards give a flavour of the achievements made each day, in this great county and beyond.”

Winners from last year include Fugro Geoservices, who proudly accept the Skills Apprentices of the Year (19+years old) and the Individual Champion to Staff Development. Further winners include; Pendennis Shipyard, P Chapman Construction, Kyra Varney, Talland Bay Hotel, Parnell Engineering Advanced, Alexandra Dunn, Shepherds Chartered Tax Advisers & Accountants, Wolf Mineral, Catriona Wilson, Positive Intent Therapies at The Powder Room and the Ocean Housing Group. 

“Great staff are what makes a great business and well trained, motivated staff even more so. The right staff, with all their buttons pressed to ‘on’ bring that magic ingredient to a business and training and nurturing is generally the ‘on’ switch.” Commented Sue Hook from Sapience HR, one of this year’s sponsors.

Sue continues: “We encourage all employers to invest in identified and well directed training which brings many benefits and increases your company’s chance of success and that’s why we want to support and encourage the recognition of those businesses who understand and apply training in their company so that both their staff and their business prospers and we congratulate them all.”

Over the last decade CCB has seen thousands of businesses; individuals and apprentices apply to the awards all of which deserve recognition in their own right. Those that are shortlisted and attend the awards evening all have they own personal training story to tell and all deserve to be winners.

Sally Foard added: “Continuously developing the skills of a business is fundamental to its success. To meet some of the employers and staff from the South West who are real proof of this is humbling and always a delight.”

Elaine McMahon, CEO of The Cornwall College Group, said: “In today’s challenging economic climate it’s good to know businesses are still prioritising training as they plan their budgets. Many are recognising that training has a positive financial impact as well as improving staff morale and retention.  I would encourage any business not to be shy and to take the plunge and apply!”

Any business in the region can enter the 2019 awards by sharing how they have used staff training to improve their profitability, staff morale, retention, performance and to gain competitive advantage. 

The categories for the awards are:

  • Outstanding Commitment to Apprenticeships Small (1-50 employees)
  • Outstanding Commitment to Apprenticeships Medium (51-249 employees)
  • Outstanding Commitment to Apprenticeships Large (250+ employees)
  • Young Apprentice of the Year (16-18 years old)
  • Skills Apprentice of the Year (19+ years old)
  • Professional Apprentice of the Year (19+ years old)
  • Rural Apprentice of the Year (19+ years old)
  • Individual Champion to Staff Development
  • Outstanding Commitment to Training Small (1 – 50 employees)
  • Outstanding Commitment to Training Medium/Large (51+ employees)

The closing date for applications is midnight Tuesday 30th April. Enter online at or call CCB Training on 0800 731 7594 email [email protected] for an application form.