Thursday 12th October 2023
Showground, Wadebridge

Inspirational speakers confirmed for Inaugural ESF Enterprise Festival

Unlocking Potential has unveiled the names of the two speakers headlining the inaugural 2-day ESF Enterprise Festival for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Held on Wednesday June 3rd and Thursday June 4th at the Princess Pavilions in Falmouth, the festival is designed to mark the end of the ESF Enterprise Programme.

There are a number of exciting events, award ceremonies and networking opportunities taking place across the two days including a keynote speech and workshop from GroBag co-founder Rob Holmes. With his baby sleep bag he started one of the most successful companies within the multi-million pound baby sector and sold his business in 2013 for £13 million.

Unlocking Potential Programme Director Allyson Glover says,

“The ESF Enterprise Festival offers a really rare opportunity to pick the brains of someone who has taken a concept, launched it and made a lot of money from it! Rob is also a natural coach so I am confident those lucky enough to attend his keynote and workshop after will take a lot from the experience. He’ll cover what you want to achieve, what’s stopping you and the practical steps to achieve your goal”

Rob will be headlining the final day of the festival on June 4th at the Princess Pavilions from 10am. On the opening day of the festival on June 3rd from 2pm another inspiring speaker will be talking to Cornish businesses about “Making the 1% difference.” Steve Head has 16 years’ experience in the field of business management, people leadership and product marketing as well as more than 20 years as a top sports coach which he will use to inspire the Cornish business community with ideas that are proven to work.

The festival also includes the Unlocking Potential Graduate Success Celebration event and the Unlocking Potential Graduate Start-up Awards and is part of a showcase of the impact the Enterprise programme has had on those starting or growing a business in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The ESF Enterprise Programme is a collection of courses and support for a range of people wanting to excel in enterprise managed by partners Cornwall College Business, Truro and Penwith College, Falmouth University, University of Exeter Penryn Campus and Plymouth University. The ESF Enterprise Programme has been proudly offering:  SMART Enterprise, Social Enterprise, SPARK (Student start-up programme), Icehouse, Unlocking Potential’s Gateway, Leadership and management courses, Degree level short courses, Online CPD programmes in Digital Economy, Sustainable Design and Creative Practice, SUCCESS Courses, Greenhouse and Enterprise, Business Skills Training and finally, High Performance Workshops.

For more information on the events taking place during the ESF Enterprise Festival including how to book your place, please visit
Unlocking Potential helps people develop and business grow in Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and the South West. The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) and is managed by Plymouth University and Cornwall College.