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 embodies our values, they are: Can Do, Responsive, Enthusiastic, Authentic, Team spirit and Empowering. 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

Our latest programmes, Breakthrough, Future Focus and Transform have created 353 new jobs in Cornwall over the last two years alone.

Since 2016, 700 businesses have started and grown into successful enterprises. Many of these exciting new businesses are working collaboratively and are already employing.

More than 200 business leaders have stepped away from the everyday to engage with our Future Focus Programme. The inspiring and practical programme consists of Future Focus Events, Labs, and Resources for Cornwall-based business leaders who want to future-proof their businesses. The businesses involved benefit from tools, resources, and collaborative networks, helping them to break boundaries, innovate and prosper.

Since switching our jobs platform from Grad Cornwall to Unlocking Potential Jobs in 2016 we have advertised for more than 700 posts across Cornwall. Of the 272 jobs which are supported by us, the average salary is £23,546, while the maximum salary hit £65,000. We ensure that our supported roles have a minimum salary of £18k, which is good for the job-seeker and great for the local economy.

Our award-winning employability course, Stand Out From The Crowd, has helped 226 people learn how to harness their potential.

And we’ve welcomed over 2,200 delegates to our events in the last five years, inspiring each and every delegate, and facilitating connections 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!). From humble beginnings (a team of four offering graduate placements), the help we offer has grown and so has the team- now 50 strong offering 7 services. Find out more about the team here.

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.