Lucy Cokes, owner of Cornwall-based Search Engine Marketing Agency Neutralize (*\*), has been awarded ‘Young Business Person of the Year’ at the Cornwall Business Awards 2006.

Guests donned black tie and gowns for the evening event, which saw 13 awards handed out to the counties’ finest examples of business success. Organised and presented by Cornwall Enterprise in partnership with Business Link, the awards recognise and reward excellence in local businesses and the key players driving Cornwall’s economy.

After setting up Neutralize (*\*) in her bedroom nearly seven years ago, Lucy has since enjoyed rapid year-on-year growth attracting an impressive portfolio of both national and international clients, without the need for external funding.

Speaking about Lucy’s achievements, a spokesperson for Cornwall Enterprise said;

"The high quality and volume of entrants we had across all award categories meant that the judges decisions were very hard to make. These awards show just how many Cornish businesses are innovating, succeeding and enriching the economy of Cornwall and playing on a national and international field.”

Neutralize (*\*) have done just that, succeeded in attracting a diverse portfolio of clients, including Mamas & Papas, Just the Flight, ebuyer and Eden Project. “I’m truly flattered to receive this award”, comments Lucy, “this is a tribute to the hard work we put in to the company and the commitment we have to our local economy”.

Cornwall Enterprise adds, “what Lucy Cokes has managed to achieve with Neutralize is a shining example of how businesses in Cornwall can succeed and I congratulate her on a well deserved win"


Notes to Editors

Cornwall Enterprise
The Cornwall Business Awards is organised and presented by Cornwall Enterprise in partnership with Business Link. It recognises and rewards excellence in local businesses and the key players driving Cornwall's economy.
Cornwall Enterprise is the economic development service for Cornwall County Council and its mission is to achieve sustainable prosperity for Cornwall. It co-ordinates and enables partnerships and has helped to develop the economic development strategy for the county.

Neutralize (*\*)
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 Company, a Google Adwords Qualified Company, UK Premier Affiliate to Atlas Onepoint, Contributor Members of SEMPO and Committee Members of the Search Marketing Association (UK) and Nominet.

Published on: 12:00AM on 25th May 2006