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South West businesses take centre stage at training awards

PUBLISHED: 13:34 05 February 2014 | UPDATED: 13:38 05 February 2014

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Over 170 business people celebrated the achievements of both individuals and businesses at the Excellence in Business Training Awards 2014, hosted by Cornwall College Business. (CCB)

Cosmic, Interserve Construction, BD, Hailey Tyler from Marbel, Jill Carr from Pendennis Shipyard and Ocean Housing Group were amongst the finalists and winners at an awards ceremony at the Atlantic Hotel, Newquay.

The seventh annual Excellence in Business Training Awards event is sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank, with media support from Cornwall & Devon Media and Pirate FM. The awards recognise exceptional training and development in organisations across the South West; celebrating those companies that develop their staff through training and as a result have seen exceptional business successes.

This year saw a double winner, Blue Flame (Cornwall) Ltd scooping the Outstanding Commitment to Apprenticeships and the Managing Director, Paul Smith, took the title of Individual Champion to Staff Development.

Mark Williams, Chairman of the Skills Support for your Workforce, ESF project led by The Cornwall College Group who judge the Outstanding Commitment to Apprenticeships said: “Blue Flame identified two critical factors in deciding its future business strategy – a growing skills shortage across their sector and the potential for considerable business growth. The result was to wholeheartedly invest in the Apprenticeship programme. As a result they have achieved a highly successful period of organic business growth; increasing income from £300k to £3.75m.”

Mike O’Neill, Managing Director, Midas who judged the Individual Champion to Staff Development award said: “Paul stood out as a clear winner. He is passionate, enthusiastic and entirely committed, often going above and beyond the call of duty. Mr O’Neill went on to say: “He regularly gives up his own time, including getting involved with several community engagement projects, and is a strong and supportive mentor for the apprentices.”

Further winners include The Core Fitness and Wellbeing Centre who won the

Outstanding Commitment to Training Small (1-50 employees) award. Arthur Hooper, Managing Director of Cormac Solutions Ltd who judged the award said: “The organisation has shown that it truly believes in the value its people bring and has focused its training and development on enhancing its team’s skills and competencies, whilst adding even more value to the customer’s experience.”

Andrew Gasiorowski from Brannel School won Apprentice of the Year. Kerry Dunkley from City and Guilds who judged the category said: “Andrew demonstrated his commitment to his apprenticeship and his employer, Brannel School, by completing his programme 10 months ahead of plan, during which time he did not let his studies impinge upon his work activities, even with an additional part time job to supplement his apprentice income. On top of this he has not let the challenges that have presented themselves along the way prevent this excellent achievement.”

Fit ‘n’ Fun Kids won the Commitment to Young People Development award, judged by Phil Cox, President of UK Branch, Silicon Valley Bank who said: “Fit ‘n’ Fun is a clear winner; they demonstrate true dedication and support to young people through Traineeships, Apprenticeships and other training to build their skills and confidence.”

Amarjit Basi, CEO of The Cornwall College Group, opened the evening and congratulated all nominees on their success. “The standard of nominations this year was exceptional,” he said. “The winners deserve particular praise for being recognised as the best in their category. It’s been a wonderful night of entertainment and celebrations and I’ve been humbled to be part of it. Congratulations to all the shortlisted companies and individuals and to our winners tonight.”

The evening was full of entertainment, from the hilarious Matt Harvey to Chameleon Sounds. A short film and photo gallery will be published at

Full list of winners and runners-up:

Outstanding Commitment to Training Large (250+ employees)

Sponsored by Pirate FM


Cornwall Care


Cormac Solutions Ltd

Cornwall Council

Outstanding Commitment to Training Medium (51-249 employees)

Sponsored by Cornwall Care


Cornish Mutual


Blue Flame (Cornwall) Ltd

Fit ‘n’ Fun Kids

Outstanding Commitment to Training Small (1-50 employees)

Sponsored by Cormac Solutions Ltd


The Core Fitness and Wellbeing Centre


Logical Cleaning Solutions

Mill Hill Quarries

Outstanding Commitment to Apprenticeships

Sponsored by Skills for Your Workforce, ESF, The Cornwall College Group


Blue Flame (Cornwall) Ltd




Commitment to Graduate Development

Sponsored by South West Water


Source Energy


Cormac Solutions Ltd

Ocean Housing Group Ltd

Individual Champion to Staff Development

Sponsored by Midas


Paul Smith – Blue Flame (Cornwall) Ltd


Jill Carr – Pendennis Shipyard

Tracey Gay – IMERYS

Entrepreneur & New Business’ Commitment to Training

Sponsored by Cornwall Development Company


Etherington Butchery Academy


Brown Suga Hair Boutique

Piece of Cake Consultancy

Commitment to Young People Development

Sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank


Fit ‘n’ Fun Kids


KCS Trade Print

Interserve Construction

Individual Achievement

Sponsored by Unlocking Potential


Richard Roach - Interserve Construction


Hailey Tyler - Marbel

Lucy Goldring - Premium Lighting Solutions Ltd

Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by City & Guilds


Andrew Gasiorowski - Brannel School


Thomas Bromfield - The Beachfield Hotel

George Barnes - Ocean Housing Group Ltd

If you’re interested in nominating your company for an Excellence in Business Training Award, 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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