It was the last award of the ceremony after an exciting day of thought-provoking speeches at the Get Set For Growth Business Awards event on Monday: “And the winner of the Business Person of the Year award is… Anja Jones of Anja Jones Translation!” Anja accepted the glass trophy from The Apprentice’s Nick Hewer, Lord Sugar’s right-hand man.
This was only one of many highlights of a day packed with inspiration, entertainment and extremely good food. The mood of the day was set by Get Set For Growth Programme Director Matt Giles with a little test of everyone’s random guessing skills before Ernie Capbert, Branding Director of Finisterre, delivered a powerful speech about the development of the first cold water surfing company in the world. In the space of an hour, Ernie managed to convince the audience that bad ideas are indeed good ideas and that surfing in cold waters can be rewarding, refreshing and even romantic (not that we needed much convincing on that front).
Dale Murray, technological entrepreneur and angel investor, became our personal heroine of the day. “Fail fast, fix fast” – only four of the many words of wisdom from her insightful speech. In the afternoon Nick Hewer told his fascinating story from his beginnings as PR consultant to successful businessman, important public figure and TV personality. The audience was captured by all three speeches and one could feel the entrepreneurial spirit flowing through the room.
“The award is an incredible honour and it has been such a fantastic journey working with Get Set For Growth over the last year. The support I received has been invaluable to AJT and I look forward to continuing this rewarding partnership. It has been great to meet such a variety of entrepreneurs from Cornwall at the event and a huge inspiration to see everyone’s achievements. I’m very proud to be part of such a vibrant business community”, Anja said.
We are delighted to give Anja Jones the award for Business Person of the Year. Anja stood out in this category for being able to really work on leading the business from the top, bringing in new staff to enable her to focus on growth and to also push the fact that her brand values will continue as the business grows and that every customer will get the very best expertise from her translation service. Anja doesn’t just translate she finds the beauty in the language that will compel her clients audiences to engage with them, and businesses to want to engage with Anja Jones Translation.
Karen Hoyle – Deputy Programme Director Get Set For Growth