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03.04.07
Cornwall Women of Achievement Awards 2007

Jen Lawry, winner of the 2007 Woman of Achievement AwardThe second Cornwall Women of Achievements Awards ceremony has taken place at the Eden Project and was a great success.

The glittering gala ceremony, organised by Ashley Events, was the culmination of this year's campaign to find Cornwall's women who have made a real difference to their communities.

There were an excellent number of entries for the eight categories of agriculture, food and fishing, business, community and public service, culture, arts and media, education and training, environment and sustainability, leisure and tourism and young woman. And in the awards Objective One played a significant role, not least being Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership, as one of the judges.

She said: "The task of judging was, for the second year running, extremely difficult because of the high standard of the nominees. These high profile awards highlight the key role that women play in every level of our society and in the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

"Objective One has invested in several projects to support women in business and into the workplace. Some of this year's nominees and winners have benefited from this investment."

Other judges were Lady Mary Holborow, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall and chair of the judging panel; Peter Hodgson, a partner in Hodgson's Chartered Accountants; Daphne Skinnard, acting managing editor of Radio Cornwall and Simon Abel, a partner at Ashley Events.

The overall winner was 20-year-old Jen Lawry, who works tirelessly to improve the lives and prospects of the teenagers who live in West Cornwall. Her inspirational role as a youth leader with the Three Villages Project won Jen the top Cornwall Woman of Achievement award as well as the Young Woman of Achievement award.

Jen, who lives in Newlyn, left Mounts Bay School in Penzance four years ago and went to study tourism at Penwith College. She also became involved with the Three Villages Project, set up by Newlyn Methodist Church and Paul Parish Church, which aims to help young people in the two communities as well as in the village of Mousehole.

When she left college, Ms Lawry became a full-time volunteer and is now employed part-time at the project.

Allyson Glover, who is project manager for the Objective One graduate placement scheme Unlocking Cornish Potential, won the Business Award sponsored by Business Link Devon and Cornwall. Allyson, who grew up in Cornwall and now lives with her family in Falmouth, won the award in recognition of the commitment and dedication she has shown in making the UCP scheme an outstanding success for businesses and graduates right across Cornwall.

Unlocking Cornish Potential is one of the highly successful Combined Universities in Cornwall initiatives, run by Cornwall College, which places graduates with businesses. Those graduates and the businesses are offered support for up to one year. The UCP team, led by Allyson, specialise in identifying graduates with appropriate skills to work on specific projects within local businesses. The scheme not only contributes towards the graduates' salaries but also arranges academic mentors to provide advice and support.

The UCP scheme has grown in recognition in the local business community. 143 placements have already been completed to date with an impressive 72% of graduates being offered full time employment at the end of their projects. Around 50 more placements are still on-going and demand to take part in the scheme continues to grow.

Allyson commented on her award, saying "It is really rewarding to know you can make a difference and I have to thank my team for their constant support and skill in making that possible. I was really honoured to have the chance to attend the event and celebrate all the fantastic work that is improving lives in so many ways throughout our region."

Sally Lugg, of Primrose Herd, won the Agriculture, Food and Fishing Award. Primrose Herd has received Objective One investment via Taste of the West, a gateway fund which offers marketing support.

Sally, who lives near Redruth, has been breeding pedigree pigs for over 11 years and has been gradually building her business of selling premium pork since she left NatWest Bank where she was a personal banking manager in 2000 after the birth of her third child. Since that time her business has expanded from two sows to 17 and she now has approximately 175 pigs at any one time.

Sally Lugg accepts her Agriculture, Food and Fishing award from Daphne and PoppyShe has received many awards for both showing live pigs nationally and for her produce- gold awards for bacon, Cornish hogs pudding and sausages, featured in many national publications and has expanded her wholesale business and mail order. Primrose Herd has also been chosen by Fifteen Cornwall as one of their preferred suppliers and currently use Sally's sausages, bacon, hogs pudding, middles and shoulders.

Sally has helped put Cornish produce on the map including supporting Lostwithiel farmers market since its beginning.

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.

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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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