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Rewarding the best in Cornwall

By West Briton  |  Posted: December 14, 2013

  • Unlocking Potential Award winners – front row, from left, Leigh Hickin, Steven George, Kirsty Cotton and Kris Harris. Back row: Lucas Brimson, Tom Lake, Henry Ward, Kayleigh Taylor and Luke Holland.

  • ------ Unlocking Potential Award winners 2013. Front row (l-r): Leigh Hickin, Steven George, Kirsty Cotton, Kris Harris. Back row: Lucas Brimson, Henry Ward, Kayleigh Taylor, Tom Lake, Luke Holland

  • ------ Unlocking Potential Award winners 2013. Front row (l-r): Leigh Hickin, Steven George, Kirsty Cotton, Kris Harris. Back row: Lucas Brimson, Tom Lake, Henry Ward, Kayleigh Taylor, Luke Holland

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THE outstanding contribution young graduates have made to a variety of businesses has been celebrated.

Unlocking Potential Awards were given to nine graduates in recognition of the impact they have had on facilitating business growth in the county.

The graduates have secured work placements through the Unlocking Potential's Gateway programme to aid their search for employment.

At the award ceremony, programme director Allyson Glover said: "While we are here to be inspired by and celebrate these individuals' achievements, let us also celebrate what can be achieved together, in working towards a common goal; to provide a positive and sustainable future for our region and its economy."

Stand Out from the Crowd Award – Luke Holland, Helston, creative consultant at Wise Monkey Media

Luke used the expertise from the course alongside his natural ability, determination and growing confidence to secure an exciting role.

Gateway Graduate of the Year Award – Steven George, Truro, junior copywriter at Radix Communications

Steven completed two excellent projects, making a real contribution to both businesses.

Best Use of ICT Award – Lucas Brimson, Four Lanes, Redruth, IT system developer at Richfords Fire and Flood

Lucas delivered fully integrating existing and modern systems, designed and built a new IT suite.

Best Marketing Impact – Kayleigh Taylor, St Agnes, business development and marketing executive at Source Energy

Kayleigh has been involved in the development, implementation and management of a marketing plan.

Catalyst for Growth Award – Henry Ward, Falmouth, design and technical support at Cockwells

Henry is an in-house designer so produces the drawings the team need quickly for high-quality yachts.

Business Innovation Award – Tom Lake, Helston, microelectronic design engineer at Research Instruments

Tom used his own initiative and diligence to deliver real-world innovation that is allowing the company to operate at a different level.

Postgraduate Placements Award – Leigh Hickin, Falmouth, The First Wave

Leigh worked on archiving Britain's surfing history, helping to edit audio and video interviews and to plan promotional events.

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