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7Dec

Support for creative industries vital to future growth, says new report

Support for creative industries must be maintained to fully realise their significant growth potential, according to a new report from the Creative Industries Federation published today 7 December 2018

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4Dec

Opportunities Cornwall Careers Event

Children across Cornwall are being inspired about future careers thanks to a network of business volunteers working in local schools.

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22Nov

Cornwall will welcome new direct flights to Heathrow from April 2019

Cornwall’s access to the global marketplace after Brexit has been given a huge boost with the announcement that new direct flights between Cornwall Airport Newquay and London Heathrow will begin from April 2019.

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21Nov

Cornwall makes case for space to Westminster

Cornwall’s space industry ambitions have taken centre stage at Westminster this week with a high-powered briefing for MPs and Ministers – and a warning that the UK risks losing its commercial advantage unless new laws and funding to establish UK spaceports are brought forward quickly.

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14Nov

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly No1 in UK for growth in scaleups

The number of high growth businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is growing at a faster rate than any other part of the UK, according to a major new report.

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9Nov

Partners launch Peninsula Transport to transform travel and boost the economy

Transforming transport and boosting economic growth across the South West peninsula is the goal of an ambitious new partnership, Peninsula Transport, launched today.

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6Nov

The UK’s first deep geothermal electricity plant starts drilling in Cornwall

The pioneering demonstration plant will deliver up to 3 MWe of electricity to the National Grid. Arup signs agreement with plant operator to secure zero carbon electricity.

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25Oct

LEP invests £2m in Newquay C-Space project

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership has announced a £2 million investment to create a dynamic new workspace on Newquay’s seafront.

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23Oct

New Project coming to Cornwall – Ambitions

New project coming to Cornwall and Isles of Scilly which will help over 3,000 unemployed and inactive young people aged 15-24 year olds to explore skills and career aspirations

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22Oct

LEP targets offshore floating wind industry

Cornwall and the South West could become a centre excellence for the development of a global floating offshore wind industry.

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10Oct

Aerohub Business Park Workspace Scheme Reaches Major Milestone

Construction of Cornwall Council’s flagship development at the Aerohub Business Park at Cornwall Airport Newquay has marked a major milestone towards its completion with a topping out ceremony.

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9Oct

One Year of Skills Support: The Impact, The Learning and The Future

A wave of enthusiasm for training and staff development has swept through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly business community over the last twelve months thanks to the Skills Hub, an ambitious project part-funded by the EU.

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9Oct

Cornwall’s colleges and Local Enterprise Partnership come together in call for increased Further Education funding

Cornwall’s two Further Education Colleges – Truro and Penwith College and Cornwall College – are joining national voices calling on the Government for an increase in 16-19 education funding.

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5Oct

LEP appoints new private sector director

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has appointed Robert Camp, Managing Partner at regional law firm Stephens Scown, to its Board.

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1Oct

Direct flights between Cornwall Airport Newquay and London Gatwick set to continue to boost investment and tourism

The Government and Cornwall Council have today announced that direct flights between Cornwall Airport Newquay and London Gatwick have been secured for a further four years, backed by funding from both organisations.

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26Sep

£1m LEP investment to bring clean growth to the Isles of Scilly

The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is investing £1 million to bring low carbon technologies and clean growth to the Isles of Scilly.

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25Sep

Drone operator UAVAid to launch first UAS flight from Cornwall Airport Newquay

Aerospace Cornwall announced today it has partnered with Drone operator UAVAid to launch the first UAS flight from Cornwall Airport Newquay at a capability event in May 2019.

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24Sep

GrowthFest celebrates business success

Hundreds of local businesses joined the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub to celebrate local business at GrowthFest event at Royal Cornwall Showground on Thursday

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20Sep

Minister launches Cornwall Work and Health Beacon Project

A trailblazing project to help businesses recruit and retain people with disabilities and long term health conditions has been formally launched by Sarah Newton, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work.

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17Sep

Islands’ Partnership – Non-Executive Chairman recruitment

Since forming in 2012, the IP has grown in both stature and influence to become a respected organisation and a trusted delivery partner. This vacancy, for a new non-Executive Chairman, comes at an exciting time therefore, with significant opportunities to build on these foundations and to help the IP to play an increasingly influential role in shaping and guiding the economic future of the islands.

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17Sep

Hundreds due to join the celebration of business success at GrowthFest

Local businesses are gearing up to take the spotlight at GrowthFest, a showcase of success, growth and outstanding talent that has attracted 650 bookings from the private and public sector across the region.

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17Sep

Packshare has Spread the Word about business support and is a winner!

A brand-new start-up company from Falmouth has won an exclusive package of business support worth £3250 in the Growth Hub’s summer prize draw to Spread The Word about business support.

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7Sep

LEPs take Great South West message to Westminster

A campaign to highlight the South West’s economic potential and make the case for Government investment on a par with other UK regions has been launched at Westminster.

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30Aug

Unique Opportunity: Communications and Engagement Specialist

Cornwall Council Economic Growth Service and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are looking for a dynamic and driven individual to take on a permanent role as Communications and Engagement Specialist.

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16Aug

National Careers Service: Exam Results 2018 toolkit

It is summer exam results season once again, when young people find out their A Level or GCSE exam results. A Level results day is the 16th August and GCSE results are announced on the 23rd August.

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15Aug

Become a New Talent Fellow In Immersion

The South West Creative Technology Network Call for New Talent Fellows in Immersion is now open: it is looking for people in the early stages of their careers who are curious about the future of immersion and technology.

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15Aug

Co-Founder of Green & Black’s to speak at GrowthFest

Join the LEP and the Growth Hub at this free celebratory event!

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30Jul

Get your tickets for GrowthFest and join the celebration of business success

Local businesses are gearing up to take the spotlight in GrowthFest, a showcase of success, growth and outstanding talent.

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25Jul

Extended guarantee for the EU programme.

Cornwall Council and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership are delighted to receive news that the current European Structural & Investment ESI 2014-2020 programme period and allocation will now be covered until 2020.

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24Jul

Response to Government’s review of Local Enterprise Partnerships

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20Jul

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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17Jul

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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15Jul

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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11Jul

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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10Jul

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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6Jul

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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4Jul

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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28Jun

£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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22Jun

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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21Jun

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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12Jun

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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5Jun

£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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17May

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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14May

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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10May

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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2May

‘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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1May

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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25Apr

Aerohub Business Park Takes Off

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

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24Apr

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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20Apr

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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18Apr

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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3Apr

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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28Mar

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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20Mar

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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19Mar

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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15Mar

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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6Mar

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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1Mar

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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28Feb

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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27Feb

£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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22Feb

£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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13Feb

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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30Jan

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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22Jan

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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15Jan

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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12Jan

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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3Jan

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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3Jan

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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2Jan

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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