Time to recognise business training excellence
THE Excellence in Business Training Awards officially opened for entries this week.
Now in their seventh year, the awards, hosted by Cornwall College Business with media partners The Cornishman and Pirate FM, attract applications from companies large and small in the South West, and recognise how staff training has made a difference to them.
Winners from last year include South West Water, Ocean Housing, 8 Wire, Absolute Recycling Company and Cornwall Solar Panels.
Any business across the South West can enter the 2014 awards, sharing how they have used staff training to improve their profitability, staff morale, retention, performance and to gain competitive advantage.
Organisations can submit their applications online (at www.trainingawards.org) or on paper by midnight on November 1.
As the business environment continuously evolves, according to the organisers, the Excellence in Business Training Awards recognise this and have developed new categories providing businesses and individuals the opportunity to tell their story of success throughout this tough economic climate.
"The awards are always a fantastic celebration of local business success," said Sally Foard, director of Cornwall College Business.
"They provide well-deserved recognition for companies who have invested in training over the last year and enjoyed measurable benefits.
"Planning is already well under way for the awards ceremony in January and the judges are ready and waiting for the applications to start coming in."
Shortlisted nominees are invited to an awards ceremony at The Atlantic Hotel, Newquay, on January 24, 2014, where the overall winner for each category will be announced.
Ms 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."
Raoul Humphreys, deputy chief executive officer of Cornwall College, 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 it 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."
The awards are open to any business that has undertaken training within the last 18 months, and you can enter as many categories as you like.
Call 0800 7317594 for an application form or enter online at www.trainingawards.org