Truro-based business The Cornish Food Box Company has received £500 worth of business and professional training courses thanks to a unique prize draw.

The food delivery service was drawn at random from all of the businesses in Truro who took part in Truro College’s business tool kit initiative. Business development advisors (BDAs) from the college delivered tool kits containing advice, guidance and discount vouchers for a range of courses to local businesses before Christmas.

Each business toolkit also included a unique serial number and the Cornish Food Box Company was the lucky business drawn at random to receive the £500 prize to spend on business and professional training at the college.

Victoria Amran, director of the Cornish Food Box Company, said: “The tool kits offer some fantastic advice and information about the training available, and the vouchers that come with them are really useful. It was also helpful to meet James Bemrose, the BDA who delivered our tool kit as we were able to have a conversation and look at the specific needs of the business.”

Mr Bemrose, BDA at the college, said: ‘The business tool kit initiative has proved really popular. It was a pleasure to meet Victoria and Lucy and learn about the Cornish Food Box Company. We spent some time scoping out their requirements and identifying training that will help target their business goals, and I look forward to seeing their first group at the college."

Lucy Jones, co-director of the Cornish Food Box Company, added: “Food hygiene and health and safety are the two important areas of training within our industry, and are the areas where the £500 will really help. We are a growing workforce, in the future we will need to upskill managers, and provide training on how to manage employee engagement, so this will also be a focus in the not too distant future.”

Truro and Penwith College’s business tool kit initiative has proven so successful that it is being rolled out into other areas across Cornwall.