Some of Cornwall’s most talented graduates working in local businesses were recognised earlier today at the annual Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP) awards ceremony in St Austell.
More than 150 people from the Cornish business community attended the event at The Keay Theatre, including Council chief executive Kevin Lavery, local MPs Sheryll Murray and Stephen Gilbert, and director of the Convergence Partnership Office, Carleen Kelemen.
Kelemen paid tribute to the contribution that the UCP scheme has made to the local economy. She said: “There is no doubt that we live in very interesting times. Under the clouds of public sector cuts, declining consumer spending and media scandal, shines a beacon of excellence which is Unlocking Cornish Potential.
“Over the years during Objective One and now the Convergence Programmes, we have watched it break new ground with Cornish business and evolve into the major economic success story which we celebrate today.”
UCP award winners 2011
- Best Marketing Strategy: Lucy Craven (Cornish Orchards)
- Contribution to Business Growth: Jakki Magowan (Matthew Stevens & Son)
- Excellence in Project Management: Sarah Wooding (ShelterBox)
- Contribution to Business Improvement: Andy Nicholas (PSG Cornwall)
- Best Use of ICT: Steve Jenkin (SouthwestCRM)
- Contribution to Environmental Sustainability: Amy Hurst (The Hotel and Extreme Academy)
- Contribution to the Knowledge Economy through Innovation: Marcus Hold (Engineered Arts Ltd)
- Catalyst to Business Growth: Cherish Maxwell (Cornish Crabbers)
- Individual Achievement Award: Antony Best (Eddie Jewell Acoustics)
- Creative Enterprise Cornwall (CEC) project: Freya Morgan (Little Egret Press)