Press & Awards

1st Prize ‘Best Decorated Stall’ at the Victorian Christmas Market 2015.

‘Winners Unveiled at Graduate Start-up Awards 15th July 2013’



Unlocking Potential held an award ceremony on Friday July 12th in Falmouth to celebrate the achievements of 45 graduate entrepreneurs who have started their own businesses in Cornwall in the last two years. They have all received supportfrom Unlocking Potential’s graduate start-up programme. Fifteen new businesses were also nominated across five different award categories in recognition of outstanding performance and results. A sixth award was added as a surprise to the graduates with all 45 of the start-up businesses eligible to win.
Hedgerow supplied the elderflower and gooseberry frozen yoghurt for the event


The awards, sponsored by Pyramid Productions, were held at the Maritime Museum in Falmouth amongst their famous exhibits such as Ben Ainslie’s Olympic-gold medal winning dingy; a B class – Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat and a record-breaking racing hydroplane. It is the second time the event has been held since the successful launch of the support programme in 2010 and nominees ranged from businesses right across the county and in sectors ranging from agricultural and retail to marketing and digital.

The final winners were:

Most Inventive Start-Up Award: James Chapman, Chapman Machinery Ltd – Bude (University of Exeter graduate)

Best Digital Start-Up Award: Phil Radford and Wendy Radford-Gaby, Negys – Helston (Plymouth University graduates)

Exciting Future Award: Angela Douglas, Hedgerow – Falmouth (Falmouth University graduate)

Entrepreneur Award: Ben Foster, Foster Filming – Torpoint (Cardiff Metropolitan University graduate)

Best Start-up: James Huff and Dan Parker, Firetext – Falmouth (York University graduates)

Start-up Leader of the Year: James Neale, Wise Monkey Media – Rock / Wadebridge (Swansea University graduate)

Unlocking Potential helps people develop and business grow in Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and the South West. Unlocking Potential’s Graduate Start-up programme, funded by ESF, began in 2010, using the team’s (previously known as UCP) ten years of experience recruiting and supporting graduates into key projects within Cornish businesses. It helps talented graduates with great ideas turn them into thriving businesses that generate jobs by investing time, money and expertise. Since its inception, this programme has significantly assisted and enabled the development of over 80 new businesses. From January to December 2012 the combined turnover of new businesses supported by Unlocking Potential grew by 348% with nearly 80% ready to employ their first graduate.


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