Graduates in Cornwall Work Wise

Phil Nelson

Phil Nelson from Marbel Ltd and Creative Enterprise Cornwall are worthy winners of two Cornwall Works Wise Awards. The awards recognise individuals and organisations in the county who demonstrate excellence in employment and skills activity in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The awards were held at The Watergate Bay Hotel in Newquay and tie in with Europe Day on May 9th in recognition of the huge role that ESF Convergence funding plays in the area.

The individual achievement award went to Phil from Marbel Ltd. Phil has been working at Marbel for nearly 18 months and in that time he has helped to grow the business by 350% through his marketing developments and changes within the supply chain aspect of the company. Phil was employed at Marbel through help from the ESF Convergence part-funded project, Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP), who provided Phil mentoring support and training and the company with access to a salary subsidy. After his 12 months under the scheme Phil was taken on as the company’s full-time Marketing Manager.

Creative Enterprise Cornwall (CEC) is a project based at University College Falmouth which develops postgraduate placement opportunities within businesses in Cornwall as part of the Convergence funded graduate placement programme. CEC is innovative in the range of approaches and flexibility it adopts to facilitate placements; postgraduates complete 35 – 70 hours of work with a business during their studies. This flexibility enables the project to meet the requirements of the student and the company, matching the postgraduate’s skills and knowledge with the business need. The project was the winner of the group innovation award and Gillian Burnett (project originator) and Zoe Mogridge (Placement Co-ordinator) collected the award. Zoe, who took part in a postgraduate placement with CEC herself, is now the Placements Coordinator.

Allyson Glover, Head of Graduate Placements at UCP, had this to say about the awards, “I am really pleased that Creative Enterprise Cornwall and Phil Nelson have been recognised at the awards, innovative approaches are key to business growth, especially in today’s challenging climate. Both CEC and Phil have demonstrated innovation in the way that they work and I am proud that they are both involved with the graduate placement programme.”

Notes to editor:

The Combined Universities in Cornwall is a dynamic and visionary partnership that is one of the driving forces behind Cornwall’s economic renaissance. This partnership combines the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, University College Falmouth, The Open University, The College of St Mark & St John, and the Peninsula Medical School, with Cornwall’s Further Education colleges – Cornwall College, Truro College and Penwith College. It aims not only to provide the students of the future with more choice and greater opportunities, but also to boost the economic fortunes of the region for the benefit of one and all.

For more information contact: Katie Moore, Unlocking Cornish Potential on 01209 617664 or

The Unlocking Cornish Potential Team is managed by Allyson Glover and can be found at Trevenson House, Trevenson Road, Pool, Redruth, TR14 8JQ.

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