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Cornwall secures £465k funding to help employers access wider pool of talent

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has secured £465,000 of Government funding to help local businesses recruit and retain people with disabilities and long term health conditions.

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Satellite launch operator Skyrora chooses Cornwall for first rocket engine test

Launch operator Skyrora has announced that it will begin its engine testing programme at Cornwall Airport Newquay’s rocket test facility in Q4 this year. The site will be an operational Spaceport by 2021.

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Satellite launches set to return to British soil after 50 years following new partnership with Virgin Orbit in Cornwall

The first British satellite launch in 50 years could take place from Cornwall within the next three years following a new partnership with Virgin Orbit.

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Cornwall & Isles of Scilly success with Careers Hub bid

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is to become one of just 20 ‘Careers Hubs’ across England to help transform careers education for young people following a successful bid led by the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

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Goonhilly unveils roadmap for commercial space communications, space exploration, data services and engineering design

Goonhilly to launch new services thanks to recent £32.4 million in investment and contract wins

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Cornish students celebrate SatelLife success

Students from two Cornish schools are celebrating after a successful ‘Dragons Den’ event at the UK Space Agency’s headquarters in Harwell near Oxford after winning a national competition.

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Spread the Word about business support and WIN!!

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub have launched a prize draw to win an exclusive package of business support worth £3250

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£40m investment fund launched for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly SMEs

The British Business Bank has today (June 28) launched the £40m Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF), aimed at boosting the local economy by providing debt and equity finance to help growing small businesses across the region.

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Secretary of State welcomes Cornwall's ambitious transport plans

Cornwall's ambitions for improving transport links to better connect communities and support the economy took centre stage today during a visit from Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP.

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Prime Minister chairs first Council of Local Enterprise Partnership Leaders at Downing Street

The Prime Minister met with the leaders of England’s Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) this week to celebrate their achievements to date and to map out key areas for co-operation under the UK’s Modern Industrial Strategy.

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Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund - regional briefings for business

The British Business Bank and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership are holding two briefing events to raise awareness of the new £40m Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF), which is officially launched on 28th June.

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£25 million South West Institute of Technology plan reaches funding bid final

A multimillion pound bid to revolutionise digital technology education across the South West has reached the final phase of competition.

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Cornwall’s fast-growing tech sector highlighted in national report

Cornwall’s fast-growing tech sector has once again been singled out for its “impressive growth” in this year’s Tech Nation report, the annual survey of the UK’s tech economy.

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Place Manager wanted

Cornwall Development Company is seeking an innovative and creative Place Manager who can help Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly tell its unique story to the national and international business community, with the aim of attracting millions of pounds of investment into the region.

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New Chief Executive of LEP and Service Director for Economic Development and Enterprise appointed

Following an extensive external recruitment process, Mr Glenn Caplin has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly LEP and Service Director (Economic Development and Enterprise) for Cornwall Council.

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‘New Frontiers’ plan sets the tone for post-Brexit Cornwall

Greater local control in a post-Brexit Britain should gain increasing importance according to a new devolution plan for Cornwall.

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New free-for-schools magazine show for teens shines a spotlight on lesser known careers

A new interactive careers show – the WOW Show - will be broadcast in schools at 11.45 on 2 May 2018. It aims to give teenagers a unique insight into the world of work by showcasing ‘hidden’ jobs, such as re-housing water voles and making prosthetic limbs.

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Aerohub Business Park Takes Off

An exciting Aerohub Business Park expansion worth £7.5 million has formally begun in Newquay.

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Launch of the St Austell Place Story

Over the past few months, SABEF has been developing an ambitious place story and look forward to seeing you at the launch

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Winners of Cornwall Business Awards 2018 announced

The winners of the Cornwall Business Awards 2018 have been revealed, showcasing the outstanding success and diversity of the local business community.

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Cornish students win £12,500 in national space challenge

Students from two Cornish schools are celebrating after picking up high profile prizes from the UK Space Agency’s SatelLife Challenge.

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Spaceport Cornwall decision expected in May

Cornwall will have to wait a little longer before finding out whether a bid to host one of the UK’s first Spaceports has been successful.

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Sector Deal boost for creative industries

A groundbreaking Creative Industries Sector Deal between the Government and the Creative Industries Council has been announced today.

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LEP announces new non-executive directors

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise partnership has announced the appointment of five new non-executive directors to its Board following a recruitment process started in December last year.

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Cornwall Business Awards 2018 shortlist revealed

The shortlist for the Cornwall Business Awards 2018 has been revealed, featuring 31 businesses from Bude to the Isles of Scilly, and covering a diverse range of sectors.

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LEP welcomes Royal Assent for Space Industry Bill

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has welcomed today’s (March 15) Royal Assent of the Space Industry Bill, which paves the way for safe legal commercial spaceflight from UK soil.

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Space Action Plan targets thousands of new jobs

Ambitious plans to put Cornwall at the heart of the fast-growing space industry and create thousands of new jobs have been unveiled.

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Appetite for “More” at FSB Women Cornwall Conference

Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8th March, attendees at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Women Cornwall Conference enjoyed an inspirational day on Tuesday 27th February at the stunning Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes. Each of the nine speakers, all from diverse backgrounds with incredible stories, led truly passionate, open, candid and very personal sessions which kept the 70 attendees enthralled.

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Competition hots up for the Cornwall Business Awards 2018

The 2018 edition of the Cornwall Business Awards is shaping up to be one most competitive yet, attracting a bumper number of entries despite the move to an earlier date.

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£40 million fund to transform UK’s coastal communities opens for applications

Multi-million pound funding to transform the UK’s coastal communities through investment in jobs, skills and local businesses opens for bids

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£8.4 million investment to develop Goonhilly Earth Station for deep space missions

An £8.4 million (€9.5 million) investment in Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall, South West England, will help create the world’s first commercial deep-space communications station, capable of tracking future missions to the Moon and Mars.

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Hall For Cornwall secures the go ahead for a £20m investment for Cornwall

Hall For Cornwall (HFC) has secured a £2m investment from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the last piece of public funding required to deliver a £20m rebuild of its venue which will bring jobs, economic growth and world class culture to Cornwall.

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New innovation boost for the South West

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, and Heart of the South West LEP have signed a new joint agreement with Innovate UK to help boost innovation across the South West.

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Local Enterprise Partnership CEO to step down

The Chief Executive of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, Sandra Rothwell, has announced her intention to step down from the post at the end of March this year.

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LEP sets out ‘21st Century’ pitch to Government and business

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is setting out a ‘21st Century’ pitch to Government and business for future investment.

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Cornwall Business Awards 2018 open for entries

The search for the most inspirational, successful and ground-breaking businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has kicked off with the launch of the Cornwall Business Awards 2018.

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UK Space Agency launches second mission to back space entrepreneurs of the future

An exciting opportunity has arisen with the SpaceTech Incubation Initiative, who are offering up to six promising space technology businesses the chance to participate in an award winning entrepreneurs’ programme on behalf of SETsquared, the global no.1 university business incubator.

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5 skills trends your business needs to know about in 2018

What’s on the horizon for businesses in 2018? How should you be investing in skills in your business and what are the hot topics in training? We caught up with the Skills Hub team for a spot of future gazing…

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A call for evidence from the Department for International Trade (DIT) to UK producers and product users.

DIT is preparing a UK trade remedies framework in readiness for the UK leaving the EU.In support of this, the call for evidence aims to identify which UK businesses produce goods currently subject to anti-dumping or anti-subsidy measures, or to an on-going investigation related to these.

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