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19Jul

Virgin Orbit confirms partnership with RAF for rapid response satellite launch

Virgin Orbit, the company planning to launch satellites from Cornwall, has announced a new partnership with the Royal Air Force to provide rapid-response launch services beginning as early as next year.

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16Jul

Cornwall’s leaders will fight climate crisis together

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Board has pledged to join forces with Cornwall Council to be ‘leaders in the fight against climate change’.

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12Jul

£750,000 Funding Secured to Help Technology Company Grow

A Penryn-based software company has secured £250,000 investment from the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF), as part of a £750,000 funding package, which also includes £250k from Cass Entrepreneurship Fund and £250k from the Chelverton Investor Club, managed by Chelverton Asset Management

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8Jul

CIOSIF loan to help ethical homeware designer grow

A manufacturer and distributor of ethical and environmentally responsible homeware products is the latest business to receive funding support from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF), with an £80,000 loan made up of £35,000 from CIOSIF and £45,000 from SWIG Finance.

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28Jun

Winners of Cornwall Business Awards 2019 announced

Fifteen businesses left St Mellion International Resort with honours last night, many of whom were first time winners, as the best and the brightest were celebrated at the 14th Cornwall Business Awards 2019.

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14Jun

The winners have been chosen for the Cornwall Business Awards

This week saw all the finalists for the Cornwall Business Awards attend the first ever Showdown Day at Trevenson House in Pool, where they faced the judges and met other finalists in their category.

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11Jun

Screen Cornwall aims to build on creative successes

A new screen agency, designed to develop Cornwall as a leading rural hub for film, TV and digital technologies, is being set up to build on the Duchy's reputation for creative talent.

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6Jun

Virgin Orbit and Spaceport Cornwall - a message from Sir Richard Branson

Very excited by the prospect of using LauncherOne to bring satellite launch to Britain, and Virgin Orbit have been working hard with our friends in Cornwall for a while to try and make that happen.

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4Jun

Leading the new space age: government backs ambitious plans for the UK in space

Up to £20 million could be made available from national and local government, subject to business case, for Spaceport Cornwall and Virgin Orbit as part of the Industrial Strategy spaceflight programme – LaunchUK

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4Jun

Investment fund backs Cornish boat building business

Cornish start-up, Henderson Fletcher Yachts, has received a £39,500 loan from the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF) to support its boat building business.

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31May

New campaign promotes benefits of apprenticeships to business

A new campaign has been launched to promote the benefits of apprenticeships to businesses across Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly.

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29May

£55k loan helps Spotless Cleaning grow

A rapidly growing Truro cleaning business is the latest company to receive funding from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF).

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24May

Science Minister hails Cornwall space opportunity

Science Minister Chris Skidmore has seen first-hand how Cornwall and the South West can play a major role in the UK’s ambition to capture 10% of the global space market by 2030.

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16May

Careers Hub CIOS Launches New Website

Careers Hub Cornwall & Isles of Scilly has recently launched their new website, which will help join the dots between business and education.

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3May

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund invests £600,000 into Swoop Applications

Swoop Applications, a Redruth based software company, has raised a £1.45 million Series A round of investment, including £600,000 equity investment from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF). The deal will create 34 jobs over the next three years.

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1May

Double celebration as new £7.4 million industrial park for Falmouth opens its doors

A hugely successful new business hub for Falmouth has enjoyed a double celebration with an event to mark the official opening of the project and the news that all units have already been sold.

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30Apr

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly careers education outperforms national average

Schools and colleges in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly are benefiting from improvements to careers education, according to national data.

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26Apr

Launch event for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Digital Skills Partnership

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is celebrating the launch of its Local Digital Skills Partnership with a keynote event next month.

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12Apr

Cornwall’s Young Apprenticeship Ambassadors spread the word

Twelve new Young Apprenticeship Ambassadors are now blazing a trail for Apprenticeships in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly after undertaking their training in Truro.

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11Apr

Multi-million pound bid success for new Institute of Technology for the South West

A multi-million pound bid to revolutionise digital, engineering and manufacturing technology education across the South West has been successful, it has been announced.

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28Mar

295 Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Companies Gain ScaleUp Recognition

There are 295 fast-growing ambitious businesses with leaders hungry for success across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly – new insights from the ScaleUp Institute reveal.

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23Mar

LEP secures £700k funding for immersive tech museums project

Five Cornish museums are to benefit from almost £700,000 of Government funding following a successful bid to the Coastal Communities Fund to use virtual and augmented reality technology to bring Cornish heritage alive.

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22Mar

Help shape a Local Industrial Strategy for Cornwall and Scilly

Businesses and organisations across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are being urged to help shape a Local Industrial Strategy to drive economic growth and job creation in the next 10 years.

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15Mar

Successful LEP bid for Digital Skills Partnership

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has successfully bid for government funding to set up a pilot Local Digital Skills Partnership (Local DSP) for the area.

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5Mar

Cornwall’s mining investment and export potential showcased to global investors

The potential for Cornwall in South West England to be a global resource for mining operations, including high-technology metals is being showcased at the world’s premier mineral exploration and mining convention this week.

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5Mar

Council anger at South West allocation from Stronger Towns Fund

Cornwall Council Leader Adam Paynter has expressed anger at the £33 million allocated to the South West England from the Government’s new £1.6 billion Stronger Towns Fund.

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26Feb

Goonhilly Partners with the Australian Space Agency to Drive New Opportunities Worldwide

Satellite communications innovator and space gateway Goonhilly Earth Station today announced that it has inked a partnership agreement with the Australian Space Agency to collaborate and create new opportunities in the space economy in Australia, the UK and beyond.

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26Feb

Luxury cabinet makers secure £25k loan

A Liskeard- based furniture manufacturer is the latest company to be supported by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF).

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21Feb

Thousands to be lost by levy losers

Employers with a wage bill in excess of £3m may be at risk of losing thousands, warns an Apprenticeship expert, with the first 24 month expiry period of Apprenticeship Levy funds fast approaching in April 2019.

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14Feb

Leading national culture organisations commit to Cornwall’s culture, arts and heritage

A recognition of the importance to residents and businesses of Cornish culture, heritage and the arts has been reinforced today as major investors in culture sign a commitment to work closely together to promote Cornwall’s distinct identity.

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13Feb

Council launches electric vehicle project on Scilly as part of the Smart Islands programme

The Council of the Isles of Scilly is pleased to announce the launch of the GO-EV project that will see the introduction of 10 ‘vehicle to grid’ (V2G) electric vehicles that will be used as a part of a car share scheme, up to 10 solar canopies and 25 charging points on Scilly.

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8Feb

Headline sponsor for Cornwall Business Awards

The Growth and Skills Hub are pleased to announce the headline sponsor for the Cornwall Business Awards for 2019 – the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF).

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8Feb

Scottish Space Firm adds Cornwall Facility

A BRITISH space company is in the process of finalising engine test preparations and setting up distillation equipment for its rocket oxidiser from a new workshop as it continues its journey towards launching satellites from UK soil.

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5Feb

Shetland Space Centre and Goonhilly Earth Station Form North-South UK Partnership to Co-Develop New Space Capabilities

Unst (Scotland) and Cornwall, UK – 5 February, 2019 - Shetland Space Centre (SSC) and Goonhilly Earth Station have joined forces to develop rocket launch and tracking business capabilities for the burgeoning new space launch sector.

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31Jan

LEP leaders tell Prime Minister Local Industrial Strategies are on target

The Prime Minister met with business leaders from England’s Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) today to track progress on their work with government to boost economic growth for communities across the country.

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29Jan

LEP appoints rural and small business champions to the board

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has appointed two new non-executive directors to its board.

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29Jan

Winners & sponsors gather for Cornwall Business Awards 2019 Launch

The search is on for the best of the best as the Cornwall Business Awards kicked off at an exclusive launch event supported by Avanti Communications.

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17Jan

First CIOSIF investment with £750k equity investment in wireless internet provider

The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF) has completed its first [equity] investment with a £750,000 equity stake in wireless internet service provider Wildanet, based at Goonhilly Earth Station through appointed fund managers The FSE Group.

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15Jan

Cornwall Business Awards 2019 open for entries

The search is on for the best of the best as the Cornwall Business Awards launch for 2019. From innovation and excellence in best practice to inspirational stories of success and growth; the Awards recognise companies that demonstrate why Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is such a great place to do business.

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