Visit Cornwall boss bags business prize

November 30th, 2015

Visit Cornwall’s chief executive has bagged the title of Cornish Business Leader of the Year at the 13th annual Hub Awards.

Malcolm Bell left the awards carrying silverware over the weekend, as a reward for his work in the past year. The award recognises the way Malcolm has guided Visit Cornwall, the Tourist Board for Cornwall, on its transition from a council funded enterprise to a Community Interest Company.

Having been the responsibility of Cornwall Council for the past 40 years, the company is now independent and not reliant on council funding.

The award has recognised Malcom for the way he faced the challenge of changing the business model from a publicly funded one to that of a private enterprise. Malcolm was at the heart of the change and was seen as a driving force behind it, along with key partners from across the tourism industry.

Visit Cornwall’s chairman, Lord St Levan, praised his chief executive at the awards, hosted at a hotel in Falmouth. He said: “Malcolm has poured passion, commitment and countless hours into Visit Cornwall and it’s thanks to him we are in a successful position today.

“At a time when Cornwall was in danger of losing its main marketing organisation, Malcolm has helped ensure it has retained a proactive enterprise run by the tourism industry, for the tourism industry.”

Here at The Valley we know first-hand just how hard Malcolm has worked for the company, and we have seen the benefits too. So from all of us here at our Cornwall cottages, congratulations Malcolm.