A Cornish business has been named Business of the Year by the Start Up Loans Company.

Penzance-based Mappix was launched in 2015 by former teacher Charity Wilson. It is a cloud-based assessment software platform designed to help reduce teachers’ workload and support children’s learning.

Wilson was successful in accessing a Start Up Loan from SWIG Finance last April, when she needed investment to take the platform out of test trading and launch it to a wider market.

Mappix also achieved CrowdCube investment of £94k which allowed the build of the latest features on the platform, which are just about to be rolled out nationally.

Wilson said: “We are just about to launch our new interfaces, including a file upload facility, making it easy for teachers to store the necessary evidence of pupil progress in one secure place. We have also responded to user requests for an alternative way of marking.

“Without the support of SWIG Finance I wouldn’t have been able to get the business to where it is now and being awarded Business of the Year from Start Up Loans was a great way to end a fantastic year!”