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14.09.07
Graduates branch out founding award winning company

Mike Reed (left) and Dan HinchliffeBusinesses in the South West needing website advice at last have an independent local resource for all their internet queries and requirements.

Two Falmouth based entrepreneurs, Dan Hinchliffe and Mike Reed, graduates formerly working under Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP), have started up their own company, NetInsight Internet Consultancy, recently judged Best Business Concept by The Hub Business Network.

NetInsight (www.netinsight.co.uk) offers jargon-free advice and project management services to Cornish businesses wishing to create a successful online presence or improve upon an already existing website.

Experience gained from the UCP project, which receives Objective One investment, has been valuable in enabling them to branch out on their own. UCP, a Combined Universities in Cornwall project run by Cornwall College, places graduates with businesses and provides support, including expert mentors, for up to one year.

The two entrepreneurs are the original creative team who brought rapid success to Falmouth based eCommerce website www.bigwednesdaysurf.com – the "UK's Best Online Surf Shop" as stated by the Sunday Telegraph.

Dan, originally from Worcester, who graduated in Business IT from the University of Plymouth, told us: "We decided to use our seven years' experience working online to help small to medium size businesses in Cornwall create profitable websites."

Mike, from Cornwall, who graduated with a BSc in eCommerce from Brunel University, explained: "Our main objective is to make sure that our clients' websites generate them revenue be it an eCommerce or an information site."

NetInsight was set up in January of this year, and their clients include Smith & Reed Recruitment in Truro, a firm of Personal Injury solicitors in the Midlands and eCommerce outdoor toy specialist Bouncy Happy People, which is based in Mylor.

Jennie Reed, Managing Director of Smith & Reed Recruitment, has found their advice to be invaluable. She said: "Dan and Mike have been a real benefit to the development of our website, steering us in the right direction and introducing ideas and features to help improve our results online.  It is really useful to have an informed and impartial opinion on the project."

Louise Oldham, Unlocking Cornish Potential project Officer, added: "A credit to both Dan and Mike who have really developed and fully utilised the support and training of the UCP network to gain such vital skills to allow them to go on and start their own business."

NetInsight plans to expand and increase business both in and out of Cornwall. "We will be making the most of the IT communications network available in Cornwall to develop our company and help improve the overall presence of Cornish businesses in the UK," said Dan.

For further information please contact Clare Morgan, Media Relations Manager for the Objective One Partnership. Tel: 01872 223439 / 07973 813647. Email: cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Unlocking Cornish Potential through the European Social Fund (ESF). Unlocking Cornish Potential is managed by CornwallCollege, a partner of the CUC.

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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