small company in Penzance has used Objective One investment
to develop cutting edge technology that is in demand from
the international oil industry.
The technology, which is based on the detection of micro earthquakes,
has meant a huge boost in profile for altcom, which has been
trading since 1995. Its internet-based news, information and
training portal Microseis.net (www.microseis.net)
has been operational since the beginning of 2006.
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A champion surfer is taking advantage of groundbreaking technology
and graduate knowledge to stay ahead of the competition.
Peter ‘Chops’ Lascelles owns and runs Beach Beat,
a surfboard design company based at Wheal Kitty Workshops,
St Agnes. He is using the revolutionary computer technology
to help build the surfboards and his new website allows customers
to design their own board online.
The web design and consequent business expansion plans came
about with support from Unlocking Cornish Potential, a scheme
that has received Objective One investment and places graduates
with small and medium sized businesses in Cornwall for up
to 12 months.
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Through Unlocking Cornish Potential, the Combined Universities
in Cornwall’s graduate placement scheme, Shane Cornish
has been working on the comprehensive documenting and updating
of the in-house database application used by Classic Cottages
- a very successful, family-run business based in Helston
which markets a portfolio of 600 of the best holiday homes
in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. Classic Cottages’
philosophy of exacting standards and ensuring that the customer
experience is second to none, has resulted in repeat booking
levels of between fifty and sixty percent.
At the suggestion of the UCP Project Officer, the company
has also applied through the 'Let’s ProfIT' scheme,
run by the Learning and Skills Council and European Social
Fund (ESF), to fund additional study for Shane to support
a more generic role as well.
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Dash (South West) Ltd
Unlocking Cornish Potential graduate Mark Jones is ensuring a long established newspaper wholesale business expands and ensures its future by setting up two new website sales companies.
Dash, a family-owned business based at Barncoose Industrial Estate, Redruth, is a company with its trade very firmly based around newspaper delivery to retailers. Since joining Dash last year Mark has greatly expanded the sales range and made products available direct to the public as well as to retailers. This in turn is leading to extra jobs at Dash and a turnover of about half a million pounds for just one of the new companies.
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Denham Productions Ltd
When Robin Field graduated in Geology the last thing in his plans was making films. But now Robin, who is employed by Denham Productions, is busy making short films for Channel Four.
After graduating from Bristol University Robin initially worked in Java for a year teaching English as a foreign language. On his return he carried out work experience at Denham, a growing film production company with a base at the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) Tremough Campus. Shortly afterwards he was employed by Denham via the Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP) project which has received Objective One investment and places graduates with businesses offering support for up to one year.
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Under the Unlocking Cornish Potential scheme, graphic design
student Claire Biddick has helped a Cornwall-based business
increase its design-oriented turnover by almost 70 percent
since starting work there in November 2004.
Unlocking Cornish Potential is a scheme that has received
Objective One investment and places graduates with small and
medium sized businesses in Cornwall for up to 12 months.
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Dufort Associates is a leading Design and Product Development
company based in Wadebridge which successfully took part in
Combined Universities in Cornwall’s graduate placement
scheme ‘Unlocking Cornish Potential’. The business
was set up by Francis Dufort in 1998 to create, develop and
prototype plastic-moulded toys designed for the children’s
Through the UCP scheme Hannah Stanbury was offered a placement
with Dufort Associates as Junior Product Designer on a 12
month project developing the company’s new patented
process, ‘Epix Technology’.
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Finisterre, founded by Tom Kay, is an example of a business
that has been able to use several strands of Objective One
support on the road to success.
Uniquely specialising in technical apparel for the cold water
surfer, Finisterre uses workspace at Wheal Kitty (which received
Objective One investment) and has also received support for
its expansion from Business Link via the EVOKE programme,
which has also received Objective One investment.
Finisterre has also used the Unlocking Cornish Potential
project with great results. Tom Podkolinski, Finisterre’s
Design Director and Marketing Manager Ernie Capbert are both
graduates who joined the company via Unlocking Cornish Potential.
Tom and Ernie’s contributions were so central to the
success of the company that they were recruited as directors
at the end of their placements.
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H2OK Systems Limited
Unlocking Cornish Potential graduate Helen Stimpson is helping a Cornwall-based company expand its range of services into the sustainable systems sector.
Helen, who graduated in 2005 in Geography from Leeds University, is Sustainable Systems Consultant for H2OK, based at Allet, near Truro. She has recognised the growing demand in companies and households for sustainable systems such as rainwater harvesting, which collects rain and reuses it for non drinking water uses such as toilets, washing machines, vehicle washing and for watering gardens. These systems reduce the need to abstract, treat and pump mains water, preserving a natural resource, reducing carbon emissions and saving money on increasingly costly water charges.
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St Austell-based Leap Media has received Objective One support via three different projects - initially via Cornwall Pure Business (which supports businesses relocating to Cornwall) and actnow (broadband) and latterly via the Unlocking Cornish Potential scheme when Claire England started her placement with Leap Media in early 2007.
Claire, who was brought up in St Austell, graduated in Graphic Design from Bath Spa University. Before that she completed an art foundation course at Falmouth School of Art (now University College Falmouth - a partner in the Combined Universities in Cornwall). One of her first projects at Leap was helping to set up Go Jute, designing the website, branding and clients’ requirements for designs on the jute bags that are produced.
A marine business that has developed a revolutionary boat
tracking device is using several strands of Objective One
support as it expands.
Microcomms Marine is based in the small village of St Erth,
near Penzance. It is a subsidiary of Portreath-based Microcomms
Ltd, which specialises in ‘Total Network Solutions’
and top quality AV installations. The company has developed
WatchMonitor (and WatchMonitor 2 which is due to go into production
soon) which can track and record a boat’s position,
battery capacity, bilge pump level - with automated pump activation
- and flammable gas build up.
Since June 2006 Robert Flack has been employed by Microcomms
Marine’s managing director Simon Murley under the Unlocking
Cornish Potential scheme. Unlocking Cornish Potential has
received Objective One ESF (European Social Fund) investment
and is a Combined Universities in Cornwall project run by
Cornwall College. Under the scheme graduates are placed with
businesses and supported for up to one year.
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Mike Munds Fitness Studio
Gym owner Mike Munds recruited Jo Lake through the Combined Universities in Cornwall’s graduate placement scheme Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP) in June 2006 when he had been looking for a skilled graduate to take control of the marketing and events management functions of the business. Jo, who studied at Cornwall College St Austell and the University of Gloucestershire, was always determined to build her career in Cornwall.
In June 2007 Jo was promoted to marketing manager, having completed a twelve month Unlocking Cornish Potential marketing project. Jo’s input at the gym saw membership numbers rise by 43% and provided enhanced facilities and new programmes for gym members. One scheme that was implemented involved a diet and fitness master class led by Simon Jurkiw from Maximuscle, a leading sports nutrition supplier. Jo also forged links with multinational companies including Technogym, which provides professional workout equipment and is an official supplier to the 2008 Olympic Games.
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A company which deals with multi million pound contracts to
design hospitals in Britain and abroad has used the Knowledge
Spa to expand.
The Knowledge Spa incubation units were built with the help
of Objective One investment and are designed to help businesses
that work in health-related sectors to develop. The units
have the advantage of being adjacent to Cornwall’s largest
major hospital, as well as being housed within the Knowledge
Spa, which has a comprehensive medical library and students
from a range of medical professions.
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