About us

Helping people develop and business grow.

Unlocking Potential has been working with businesses and graduates for over ten years, helping people develop and business grow. Our mission is to unlock the potential within each person or business that we work with. Through strong relationships, we help businesses grow, create as many jobs and opportunities as we can; develop talent, make connections and tap into knowledge and expertise to create a vibrant and sustainable economy.

Our team embody our values: they are Connecting, Aspirational, Energetic, Supportive, Honest and Knowledgeable. Their backgrounds are diverse as they are dynamic, commercial experience is coupled with a proven track record for supporting business and individual growth in Cornwall.

Our highlights

Some of the things we’ve helped you achieve over the last ten years include:

Over 1000 graduates have found their perfect graduate role in Cornwall, and over 800 businesses have benefitted from this fresh talent, working hard to grow their business. We ensure that the roles have a minimum salary of £16k, which is good for the graduate and great for the local economy.

Nearly 100 businesses have started and grown into successful enterprises. Many of these exciting new businesses are working collaboratively, and are employing gradates of their own.

Over 100 graduates have learnt how to harness their potential by taking part in our ground-breaking employability course, Stand Out from the Crowd.

Over 150 businesses have accelerated their growth by taking a few hours out of their business and working on it in a Fast Forward Group. This simple approach, which gives participants access to experts and cutting-edge knowledge (all provided at their own request) has enable some serious increases in turnover, profit and exciting new developments for the participants,

Graduates who need work experience, and businesses which have short-term projects to support their business progression, have found each other thanks to Gateway. Graduates are getting the experience that is missing from their CV and businesses get both projects completed and an opportunity to dip a toe into graduate recruitment.

And we’ve welcomed over 1500 delegates to Connect and Enterprise Heroes events in the last three years alone, inspiring each and every delegate, and facilitating connects which have led to great things for the businesses and graduates who attend.

From UCP to Unlocking Potential

Like any business we’ve grown and changed to meet the needs of our clients (that’s you!), and from humble beginnings (a team of four offering graduate placements), the help we offer and the team has grown (with a team of 28 offering 7 services). Find out more about the team here.

The services we provide has enabled businesses to start, grow, change and excel. We’re here to help you achieve your goals, helping you transition and change your business, encouraging and supporting as you need. Graduates have found the support, training, mentoring and opportunities we unlock have led them to the job that is the foundation of a successful career.

In 2011 the original Unlocking Cornish Potential team (managed by Cornwall College) joined forces with a team from Plymouth University to expand our services to create the Unlocking Potential you know today. We also took on a common business challenge in 2013, exporting our support out of Cornwall, with the introduction of graduate innovation projects, Grads for Growth, across the South West (Devon to Gloucester and all the way to Wiltshire).

All our work is made possible by the funding we receive from the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.