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14.04.08
Graduate joins market leader on the Roseland Peninsula

Cross the King Harry Ferry onto the Roseland Peninsula and you'll find EMGE & Co Ltd, a market leading consultancy in the world paper industry which has just employed Darren Clargo, a local graduate, after a successful Unlocking Cornish Potential project.

EMGE works for clients in the paper industry including suppliers, publishers, investors and mills all around the world, analysing data and producing reports on market trends. The company also works closely with the Newspaper Publishers Association (NPA) to carry out audits and analyse information; the figures they produce are used by the NPA to measure performance on meeting waste paper recycling targets.

Darren, from Liskeard, studied at the University of Plymouth and left in May of last year with a degree in Decision Analysis and Business. He started his project with EMGE in June and is now a full-time Data Analyst with the company following the success of his project with the Combined Universities in Cornwall's Unlocking Cornish Potential graduate placement scheme. Darren has not only developed an overall understanding of the global paper market, which is a project in itself, but he has also refined a model for producing the bi-annual NPA report. Through this refining process, Darren has introduced a more consistent analytical process.

Iwan Le Moine, Senior Analyst with EMGE, has been hugely impressed with Darren's ability to grasp the global concepts with which the company deals on a daily basis and to apply them to creating successful models for report writing. "Darren is working at a level of understanding and ability which has taken some people years to reach – he's an invaluable new member of the team and we are hugely impressed with the UCP project."

EMGE also produces forecast reports on pricing for the paper industry on a quarterly basis and Darren is now in charge of developing a model for forecasting North American paper prices, a testament to the company's confidence in his ability. Darren explains how he has enjoyed the challenge of moving into this niche business: "It's been a real eye opener working in an area of business of which I previously had no experience. I've had to undertake a lot of market research in order to develop an understanding of how the industry operates. Although my degree involved dealing with data and statistics, the amount of information we deal with here is immense and there's a lot of responsibility which goes with it – I'm really enjoying the challenge!"

Darren has had Ben Leonard, Unlocking Cornish Potential Project Officer, on hand to offer guidance and help organise training and mentoring throughout his project. Ben explains how impressed he has been with Darren's progress: "Joining a business that is a leader in its field straight from university is no easy task but Darren has proven himself to be more than capable of taking on the challenges offered to him by the company and his confidence in his own ability has grown enormously."

For further information please contact Emma Stallard, Combined Universities in Cornwall PR and Communications Officer on 01326 259908 / 07896 042524 or email emma.stallard@cuc.ac.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF).

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Editor's notes:

The Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP) project is part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative and is managed by Cornwall College. The UCP project seeks to measurably improve the efficiency, competitiveness and growth potential of SMEs in Cornwall through the placement of graduates in companies to undertake business development projects. These projects can last from 6 to 12 months.

Combined Universities in Cornwall is a dynamic and visionary partnership that is one of the driving forces behind Cornwall's economic renaissance. The principal partners are the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, University College Falmouth, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Cornwall College, Truro College and Penwith College. It aims not only to provide the students of the future with more choice and greater opportunities, but also to boost the economic fortunes of the region for the benefit of one and all.

The CUC initiative has been invested in by the Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the South West Regional Development Agency, Cornwall County Council and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

For further information contact Emma Stallard, Combined Universities in Cornwall PR and Communications Officer on 01326 259908 / 07896 042524 or email emma.stallard@cuc.ac.uk

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
The Partnership Office
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Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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