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Four Falmouth and Penryn firms reach finals of Cornwall Business Awards

By West Briton  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

  • Finalist Jess Collins from agency Type.

  • Hirst Magnetic Instruments' export success has seen business grow by 65 per cent in only three years.

  • Trikes made by Penryn company Inspired Cycle Engineering. Overall winner in 2013, the firm is nominated again this year as Best International Business.

  • Vision Independent Financial Planning's joint managing directors Paul Sweaton and Roger Edwards; they and the firm are up for three titles.

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A FALMOUTH financial advice firm leads the nominations in this year's Cornwall Business Awards as a finalist in three categories.

Three other local firms – a marketing company, a trike maker and an exporter of magnetic instruments – have also made the finals.

Vision Independent Financial Planning is nominated in three categories, with joint managing directors Paul Sweaton and Roger Edwards up for the Business Leader and Entrepreneur of the Year prizes, while the firm itself is also vying for the title of Most Dynamic Growth Business. Mr Edwards said: "To receive three award nominations is a real validation of our client-focused approach."

Hirst Magnetic Instruments, which exports items such as magnetisers, demagnetisers and magnet characterisation equipment as far afield as Australia, India, Brazil and China, has seen 65 per cent growth in three years, creating jobs, and is a contender for the title of Best International Business. Managing director John Dudding said: "We've worked hard to be market leaders in China and it's starting to pay off. Being a finalist is an extra boost and a good reason to open some champagne."

Another finalist in that category, for the second year running, is Penryn's Inspired Cycle Engineering which makes innovative trikes, one of which was used to set a new world record for cycling to the South Pole.

Director Neil Selwood said: "It's hard to believe it's a year already since winning the overall title.

"We've had another whirlwind time focusing on our customers and trikes, so once again it's a great opportunity for us to reflect."

Jess Collins has been nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year for her copywriting and marketing agency, Type, based at the Tremough Innovation Centre.

She said: "What an honour to be shortlisted for one of the most prestigious awards in Cornwall, and shoulder to shoulder with such local talent."

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