Wild Speaker for the Cornwall Business Awards
The speaker for the Cornwall Business Awards 2020 has been announced as Ben Fogle at the official launch event this morning.
Ben Fogle first burst onto the nation’s screens during one of the UK’s first reality TV shows ‘Castaway’.
Marooned on a remote Scottish island to build a self-sufficient community, the show was filmed and broadcast over a year in 2000 on BBC One. Ben was the standout star, launching a career as that has seen him present programmes such as Countryfile, Animal Park and Crufts.
Ben has kept up his adventurer spirit climbing Mount Everest, rowing across the Atlantic, racing across Antarctica to the South Pole and crossing the deserts of the Empty Quarter in the Middle East.
He has written nine best-selling books, is United Nations Patron of the Wilderness and the Red Cross as well as being an ambassador to WWF and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf.
Ben will have plenty of inspirational stories to tell from presenting documentaries on diverse subjects like Captain Scott in Antarctica and crocodiles in Botswana and can currently be seen on Channel 5 with his show New Lives in the Country.
The host was revealed at the breakfast launch event where this year’s sponsors and past winners gathered to celebrate the opening of the Awards.
The launch was at the Pool Innovation Centre and was sponsored by Cornwall Innovation. Matt Harrington, Head of Cornwall Innovation said
“We are delighted to be a sponsor, a lot of our customers in our Innovation Centres have been past winners and I look forward to seeing the names of our current companies in the nominees for this year.”
Sara Pugh, Managing Director of Eight Wire who won in 2018 and last year joined the judging panel, encouraged others to apply.
“We were fortunate enough to win our Award, which had a big impact. Our clients and our suppliers all heard about it, which was great for us and we were really proud to win. It’s definitely worth doing and it’s always a great night as well.”
The Cornwall business community will gather for the awards night on the 25th June with applications for the awards open now until 23rd March.
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The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub and Skills Hub organise the Awards and are part funded by the European Structural & Investment Funds and match funded by Cornwall Council, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.
Award Categories for 2020
Beacon Inclusivity Award – sponsored by Beacon Project
Best Business with a Purpose – sponsored by CORSERV
Best Customer Experience – sponsored by Jobline Staffing
Best Family Business – sponsored by St Austell Printing Company
Best New Business – sponsored by Outset Cornwall
Best Place to Work– sponsored by Skills Hub
Business Finance Award – sponsored by CIOS Investment Fund
Business Leader of the Year – sponsored by InFocus from Unlocking Potential
Clean Growth Award – sponsored by Impact, Innovation and Business at the University of Exeter
Employee of the Year – sponsored by Truro & Penwith College
Exporter of the Year – sponsored by Business Cornwall
Growth Business of the Year – sponsored by Access to Finance
Rising Star Award – sponsored by Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LEP
Sole Trader of the Year – sponsored by Lang Bennetts
Third Sector Award – sponsored by Eden Project
People's Choice 2020 - sponsored by Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group
Pirate FM Brand Builder Award – Sponsored by Pirate FM
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We were fortunate enough to win our Award, which had a big impact. Our clients and our suppliers all heard about it, which was great for us and we were really proud to win. It’s definitely worth doing and it’s always a great night as well.