Audio: UCP graduate start-ups


New businesses from across Cornwall gathered at Pool Innovation Centre yesterday to celebrate a year on the Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP) graduate business start-up programme.

UCP hosted the networking event as more than 40 graduate start-up businesses approach the end of their 12 month UCP support package.

Unlocking Cornish Potential Graduate Start ups (mp3)

The morning included a chance for graduates to network with business support representatives from Oxford Innovation and YTKO’s Partner to Succeed, listen to talks from head of UCP placements, Allyson Glover, and the graduate business start-up programme manager, Chris Phillips.

Jessica Billington, who runs, says UCP has been integral to the launch of her business.

“A year ago I had no business; just an idea and bags of enthusiasm,” she said. “The business has literally come into existence throughout the UCP programme and I feel that although I had the excitement and strong work ethic, I needed people who were unbiased and had business experience to guide me.”