LEP Press Releases & Updates

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25May

LEP appoints two new private sector directors

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

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23May

Funding competition: Aerospace Technology Institute R&T programme

This competition offers innovation funding to businesses to sustain the UK's position in aerospace design and manufacture.

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23May

SWLEP’s Rural Productivity Commission calls for evidence from rural businesses and stakeholders

The South West Rural Productivity Commission has been established as a partnership by four LEPs in the South West of England: The Heart of the South West (HotSW LEP), Dorset LEP, Swindon & Wiltshire (SWLEP), Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly (CIoS LEP) to explore the issues around rural productivity and growth.

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19May

Winners announced for Cornwall Business Awards 2017

Headforwards, the Redruth-based software company, were named Winner of Winners at last night’s 2017 Cornwall Business Awards ceremony.

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16May

Cornwall scoops two national awards for careers work with young people

Cornwall has scooped two national awards for projects that inspire and prepare young people for the world of work.

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16May

LEP Chief Executive’s speech to Finance in Cornwall event

Speech by Sandra Rothwell, Chief Executive of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, at the Finance in Cornwall event on 16th May to mark the start of Cornwall Business Week

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5May

Global tech conference Agile on the Beach sold out for 4th year

Hundreds of global tech gurus will be landing in Cornwall this July as the annual Agile on the Beach conference held in Falmouth sells out for its fourth consecutive year.

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25Apr

Latest EU funding call announced

A funding call has been announced, to run a project to deliver tailored training to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP Area. Approximately £780,000 of funding is available to deliver the project by 31 December 2020.

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20Apr

Growth Hub talk Business Guidance Service

Look out for members of the Growth Hub team on the streets of Bodmin on 25 April who will be in town to explain how the new Growth Hub business guidance service works

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19Apr

Calling all construction businesses – take part in our online survey

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership has launched a survey of the region’s construction industry to help inform future activity.

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19Apr

LEP confirms talks with four potential Spaceport investors

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) today confirmed talks with four potential spaceport partners as it prepares to capture a share of the £25 billion global spaceflight launch market.

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18Apr

South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s new Rural Productivity Commission calls for evidence from rural businesses and stakeholders

The South West Rural Productivity Commission has been established as a partnership by four LEPs in the south west of England.

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7Apr

Cornish businesses can now get help with regulations through the Growth Hub

Businesses in Cornwall can now get help with regulations through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub. The Growth Hub is now the gateway to the new Business Regulatory Support service, run by Cornwall Council.

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6Apr

Awards finalists demonstrate the extraordinary diversity of Cornish businesses

The finalists for the Cornwall Business Awards 2017 have now been announced and the judges have been impressed with the range and quality of the businesses that entered.

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3Apr

Cornwall Business Show 2017

Earlier this month, Cornwall EBP and the Enterprise Adviser Co-ordinator from the CIoS LEP attended the Cornwall Business Show 2017 at Wadebridge.

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23Mar

Cornwall’s tech sector is thriving thanks to connectivity and quality of life

Cornwall’s digital tech sector has been singled out as one of the fastest growing in the country in the latest Tech Nation 2017 report.

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21Mar

Reimagining railways: innovation funding announced

In a message to the Railway Industry Association’s Innovation Conference, Rail Minister Paul Maynard announced up to £9 million to support UK businesses as part of a new innovation competition to develop solutions for national and international railways.

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17Mar

Celebrating Success in South East Cornwall

Young people in South East Cornwall have celebrated their successful completion of a course they hope will help them move into education, employment or training. The project is part of the “Skills for Young People” project which is funded by the European Social Fund.

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16Mar

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Fisheries Local Action Group awarded £800,000

An investment of £800,000 from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and Marine Management Organisation has been secured to support the sustainable development of fishing related projects in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, including the creation of new jobs and businesses.

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15Mar

More South West firms to use space technology and science thanks to new funding

Small businesses will be able to exploit the technology developed for space exploration thanks to a new project led by the University of Exeter funded by the UK Space Agency.

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15Mar

EU Support For Family and Community Skills

European Social Funding has been secured to deliver a programme of support for young people and families in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The investment is part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme.

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13Mar

European Investment In Careers

European Social Funding has been invested in a project that will help people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to enhance their career pathways. The investment is part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme.

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10Mar

European Investment in Skills For Young People

European Social Funding has been invested in a programme of support for young people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to get into work, education and training. The investment is part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme.

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9Mar

Growth Hub champions business to Be Bold for Change

The campaign cry for this year’s International Women’s Day was Be Bold for Change, and the Growth Hub echoed that call to action by organising a round table debate with women from across the county to talk about the challenges and opportunities of running a business.

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9Mar

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly small businesses urged to take advantage of £4.6m free training pot to develop employees’ skills

Small and medium sized enterprises across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are being urged to take advantage of £4.6m of free skills training for their workforce before the deadline to make use of the funds expires in July 2018.

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8Mar

European Funding Launches Marine-i To Provide Support To Marine Businesses In Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly

Up to £6.8m of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) has been secured to develop marine technology research, development and innovation activities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

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8Mar

LEP reaction to Spring Budget

LEP reaction to Spring Budget

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8Mar

EU Funded Skill Support Programme Launches

On March 6th, Work Routes Cornwall officially launched its programme of support from its central office in Truro. The service will meet the needs of individuals by creating a bespoke offer that suits them.

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7Mar

Transformational Project Breaks the Ground

The construction of the prestigious Carluddon Technology Park and Employment Space for Advanced Manufacture (ESAM) formally began in St Austell today, March 7. Representatives from the project’s partnership gathered at the site to the north of St Austell to celebrate the occasion by “breaking the ground” on the construction phase of the project.

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7Mar

European Funding Supports Phase One of Important New Employment Space

Up to £2.8m of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) has been secured to build new high quality employment space on the Cornwall Business Park, Scorrier, Redruth, Cornwall.

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7Mar

Surge in volunteers to support Careers Education in schools and colleges

There has been a surge in the number of people volunteering as Enterprise Advisers in secondary schools and colleges to support careers education – with more than half of all volunteers at CEO or Chair level, new figures from The Careers & Enterprise Company show

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3Mar

Support Available For New Digital Technology Projects

Superfast Business Cornwall, which aims to boost business competiveness through increased understanding and exploitation of digital technology, has announced funding for digital projects that develop new products and services and create jobs.

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27Feb

16.5% upsurge in businesses asking Cornwall Council for help with regulation

Cornwall Council’s regulators have announced a 16.5% increase in the number of businesses contacting them for support in 2016. The Council is attributing the rise to the introduction of its Business Regulatory Support service, which launched in January 2016 to offer businesses a single point of contact for advice on regulations, from food hygiene and licensing to planning and fire safety.

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23Feb

LEP response to £18m Local Growth Fund allocation

The Government has today announced that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are to receive £18.03 million of investment from its Local Growth Fund, which was set up to devolve funding to the English regions for projects that create jobs and economic growth.

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23Feb

£18 million cash boost for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly to help create local jobs and growth

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are set to benefit from a multi-million pound Government cash boost to help create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth, Sajid Javid announced today

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21Feb

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Apprenticeship Engagement Event 3 March 2017

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP are holding an Apprenticeship event on 3 March, from 8:30am to 1:00pm at Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, to outline what the forthcoming Apprenticeship reforms will mean to Employers.

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20Feb

Cornwall outlines vital role in new UK space age

Cornwall’s ambitions to be at the centre of the UK’s commercial spaceflight industry will be highlighted at a major UK Space Agency conference in London tomorrow [21 Feb]

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20Feb

Final call for entries to the Cornwall Business Awards 2017

The organisers of the Cornwall Business Awards 2017 are calling for local businesses to submit their entries as the final deadline of Sunday 12th March approaches.

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20Feb

European Investment For West Cornwall Transport Hub

Up to £5,400,000 of European funding has been secured to create a modern transport hub that will serve West Cornwall. The project is part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme.

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17Feb

Search Launched for 35th Businesswoman Of The Year

Westcountry businesswomen are being urged to put modesty aside and enter a major award, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary.

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14Feb

European Funding Released To Enhance Careers Guidance for Young People

Up to £3.79 million is now available through the European Social Fund (ESF) to to run a project that will enhance mainstream Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance for young people in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP Area.

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13Feb

European Funding Available to Support Access To Higher Education

Up to £350k is available to deliver projects that will support people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to access Higher Education. The Flexible Fund Pot is part of the European Social Fund Widening Participation through Skills project, a project which has received £1,500,000 as part of the 2014-2020 Growth Programme.

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9Feb

LEP welcomes Government boost to UK Spaceport ambitions

The Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed a £10 million scheme launched today to support the creation of the UK’s first Spaceport by 2020.

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8Feb

GWave launches Wave Hub Project

American wave energy developer, GWave has today announced its plans for a 9MW wave energy project to be deployed at Wave Hub, Cornwall.

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7Feb

LEP response to Housing White Paper

Responding to publication of the Government’s Housing White Paper today, LEP Chief Executive Sandra Rothwell.

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7Feb

First Investor at Aerohub Business Park

The Aerohub Business Park at Cornwall Airport Newquay has announced its first occupier in an investment deal that is expected to create more than 20 jobs.

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6Feb

Falmouth’s Bickland Industrial Park Set for Extension With European Funding Support

The extension to Bickland Industrial Park which is already home to the likes of Rowes Cornish Bakers, will provide a range of high quality, flexible hybrid office/industrial units, to meet market demand from local companies in the Falmouth area.

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31Jan

European Funding Launches Aerohub Business Park

A £4.3m investment has been secured from the European Regional Development Fund to build the first phase of office and light industrial buildings on the Aerohub Business Park.

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30Jan

Matt Dawson to star as guest speaker at the Cornwall Business Awards

Cornwall Development Company has announced that Matt Dawson MBE will be the celebrity speaker for the Cornwall Business Awards 2017, the most prestigious business awards event in the county.

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27Jan

Funding Call Announced For Rural Business Development

Three funding calls have been announced by the Rural Development Programme for England that will support business development in rural communities.

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27Jan

Latest EAFRD "Calls for projects" launched

The Rural Payments Agency announced today the next set of “calls” for projects under the EAFRD Growth programme. Each call is a national document with LEP area targeting statements to focus the funding on local priorities.

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26Jan

Treluswell road improvement scheme due to start next week

Construction is set to begin shortly on a £2.9m scheme to improve traffic flows and reduce congestion on the busy Treluswell Roundabout junction near Penryn.

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25Jan

European Funding Supports First Phase of New Workspace

Up to £2,688,768 of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) has been secured to help build high quality workspace close to Cornwall’s major transport network.

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24Jan

LEP supports bid for European Capital of Culture 2023

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership is backing a proposed bid for Truro-Cornwall to be the European Capital of Culture 2023

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19Jan

Entries now open for the Cornwall Business Awards 2017

The Cornwall Development Company has announced the launch of the Cornwall Business Awards 2017, the most prestigious business awards in the county.

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12Jan

Seismic Innovations in Cornwall’s Digital Revolution

Cornwall has a long history of producing innovative pioneers; individuals who have thought differently to those who have gone before them and reaped the benefits for being bold in their approach.

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10Jan

LEP drives project to improve business regulation in Cornwall

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP and partners are celebrating the ongoing success of a major project designed to help Cornwall’s business grow, while saving time and money. Better Business for All is about working with the business community to improve how regulatory services are delivered in Cornwall.

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