More than 30 friends and supporters of the Maritime Museum in Falmouth came together to celebrate a decade of their monthly First Friday business breakfasts.

Hosted by the museum’s director, Richard Doughty, and featuring a surprise appearance from Father Christmas, the morning saw attendees look back at the successes of the past ten years and share plans for the future.

First held in 2007, the breakfasts have become a highlight of the local business networking landscape and attract attendees from all sectors and from Falmouth and beyond. Held on the first Friday of each month, they offer delegates the chance to network informally in the museum’s café and listen to a talk from a guest speaker.

Richard said: "The museum is delighted to welcome such a varied and passionate group of business people from across Cornwall each month. We are proud to contribute to the thriving business, tourism and cultural sectors in Cornwall and hugely grateful to the businesses that support these events through sponsorship each month. We look forward to the next decade."

The event was sponsored by Briants Chartered Accountants, based just across Discovery Quay from the museum.

Tom Briant, principal at Briants Falmouth, said: "These breakfasts are an extremely valuable networking resource for the thriving Falmouth business community: informative presentations, excellent breakfast and a great view. It has become an essential part of the Falmouth community."

To find out more about the breakfasts, contact the museum’s fundraising and development manager, Amy Richards at