THERE are only days left until businesses across the county find out if they have been victorious in this year's Cornwall Business Awards.
There are 34 companies shortlisted for the gongs presented by the Cornwall Development Company (CDC) to be handed out in front of 300 guests at St Mellion on Thursday, by Gerald Ratner.
Nominees are as diverse as a social enterprise helping people with learning disabilities into work, a fishing gear supplier-turned play equipment maker, and a company that provides manufacturers in China with sophisticated magnetic instruments developed in Falmouth.
More than half of the contenders are first-time nominees; and CDC chief executive Suzanne Bond said: "The Cornwall Business Awards are all about shining the spotlight on our local business heroes. So it's great when we can bring some companies to a wider audience for the first time, and give them the recognition they deserve.
"We have a really diverse range of businesses, with plenty of fresh new talent joining the well-known names on this year's shortlist. It shows the wealth of creativity in Cornwall and that the flame of entrepreneurship, ingenuity and enterprise is still burning bright, as strong now as it has ever been."
Cornwall's reigning Business of the Year, Inspired Cycle Engineering, is again shortlisted in the Best International Business category, and its director, Neil Selwood, said: "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."