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.