Women Entrepreneurs Dominate Cornish Business Awards

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Businesswomen dominate at the Hub young persons' business network and Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) business awards.

It was great to get recognition for what I've done, but I think the best thing was that it was all women who won the awards. I was very proud of that fact. It was a really enjoyable evening.

The brilliance of new business was celebrated at an awards ceremony recognising the hard work of young entrepreneurs in Cornwall.

Women swept the board at the event - the first of its kind to be held by the Hub young persons' business network and Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI). Awards were presented for a variety of achievements, commending entrepreneurs under the age of 30 who have set up their own business in the county.

Lucy Cokes won Best Use of Technology and the coveted Entrepreneur of the Year for her business Neutralize http://www.neutralize.com, an internet search engine marketing company based in Camborne. Since setting up the company six years ago, Neutralize has grown into one of the biggest search engine marketing agencies in the UK. Lucy said: "I was really pleased to win and I think it's fantastic that it was three ladies. I think all the awards were well deserved. My team at Neutralize put a great deal of effort into keeping us at the top of our game nationally and internationally, as such we are much better known amongst hardcore internet businesses, so its really nice to get some local recognition."

Jo Hurley picked up the accolade for Best Business Concept with her company, Sea Squirts. She specialises in educating children about the marine environment with rock pooling expeditions and snorkelling trips. She said: "It was great to get recognition for what I've done, but I think the best thing was that it was all women who won the awards. I was very proud of that fact. It was a really enjoyable evening."

Helen Gilchrist, editor and publisher of Falmouth-based Stranger magazine, won awards for Best Marketing Strategy and Best Promotion of Cornwall. She said: "Our initial idea was just to do a small, free magazine to circulate around Cornwall. We've been overwhelmed by how positive the response has been. My feet just haven't touched the ground, and there has been a lot of hard work so it's nice to get recognition for that."

Martin Follett of Follett Stock solicitors and CCCI said during the event at the St Michael's Hotel: "I think we will be making this an annual event. What we can see here are young people who can be role models for others to show that this is a really vibrant place to do business. It's and indication of what's going on in Cornwall at the moment. This is an exciting place to be."

Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership, added: "These young businesswomen are to be congratulated on their achievements. New ideas, new markets and new ways of conducting successful business by this younger generation are the seeds of our economic success in the future."

The Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Hub Awards are sponsored by Follett Stock solicitors, Clowance Country Club, Exhibitions South West, Pooleys chartered accountants and Nokia. The Hub is sponsored by Cornwall Enterprise, Lloyds TSB plc, Winter Rule, Finance Cornwall, Follett Stock, Education Business Partnership, Trading Pages and Pirate FM.

About the Hub

http://www.cornwallhub.org
The Hub is a business network created and run by young business people in Cornwall. The Hub aims to offer networking opportunities to like-minded members of the Cornish business community and provide a link to the established business community. The Hub has been in existence since January 2003, and now boasts over 500 members from the business community across Cornwall, making it the fastest growing business network in the South West.

About Neutralize

http://www.neutralize.com
Tel: 0870 0630707

Neutralize is one of the UK’s leading full service search engine marketing agencies, they provide a one stop solution specialising in enterprise search engine optimisation and advanced Pay Per Click management. In 2005 they were finalists for “Marketing Firm of the Year” in the UK Innovation and Growth Awards. Neutralize are an Overture (Yahoo! Search) Accredited Search Marketing Agency, UK Premier Affiliate to Atlas One point, Members of SEMPO, the Nominet steering committee and the Search Marketing Association (UK). The technical team at Neutralize also have their own blog http://www.search-engine-war.co.uk which is featured monthly in the UK’s biggest selling internet magazine .Net.

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