LEP Press Releases & Updates
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Progressing sustainable construction in Cornwall
Sustainable growth is a core LEP principle. The LEP Construction Strategy 2014-2020 highlighted the requirement to build a specialism for sustainable construction in Cornwall.
Research on impact of Brexit on labour force in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP and Cornwall Council have commissioned research into the contribution of European Economic Area (EEA) or migrant workers to Cornwall’s economy and public services. The research is to inform the CIOS LEP’s economic strategies, programmes and partnership work.
Bolts Tighten on Landmark Manufacturing Project
The construction of the prestigious Carluddon Technology Park and Employment Space for Advanced Manufacture (ESAM) completed a major phase this week.
LEP seeks business people for Employment and Skills Board
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership is seeking business people to join its Employment and Skills Board.
£40 million European Funding Call – Enhancing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
This call invites outline applications which support the delivery of priority axis three (PA3) of the European Regional Development Fund operational programme and respond to the local development need set out in the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Integrated Territorial Investment Strategy.
Cornwall Sustainability Awards are open for applications until 16th October
Cornwall Sustainability Awards (CSA) aims to encourage, reward and gain recognition for the excellent work businesses are doing to improve their own sustainability and that of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as a whole.
£40 million to create jobs and boost visitors to the Great British Coast
Towns and cities along Britain’s coastline set to benefit from thousands of new jobs and millions of pounds more in visitor spending.
Are you a business looking to grow? We want to hear from you!
The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership is teaming up with the Growth Hub to ask our business community about their growth plans and what issues or barriers they face in growing their businesses.
Event to focus on progressing sustainable construction in Cornwall
Construction industry professionals and those interested in sustainable development are being invited to an ‘Achieving Innovation’ event hosted by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and in association with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Cornwall New Energy.
Cornwall Skills Show and BLOODHOUND join forces at Newquay
This year’s Cornwall Skills Show will be taking place at Cornwall Airport Newquay in partnership with BLOODHOUND SCC, the super-sonic car that hopes to set the 1,000 mph speed record.
Lucy Edge of Avanti Communications joins Eden Project board
Lucy Edge, General Manager of Avanti Communications at Goonhilly on the Lizard Peninsula, has been appointed a non-executive director on the board of Eden Project Ltd.
Survey: What barriers to growth does your business face?
The “ScaleUp Survey” is part of the ScaleUp Institute's ongoing work to focus attention on the UK’s high growth firms.
Are you a community business looking to trade up?
Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE Cornwall) can looking to support 10 community businesses with a grant and learning programme.
Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, Dorset and the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnerships announce the Joint Energy Strategy Development Project.
A joint proposal from CIOS, Dorset and HotSW Local Enterprise Partnerships, has been awarded funding from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to support the development of an energy strategy across the region covered by the three LEPs.
The Community Business Trade Up Programme
Are you running a community business – an organisation that directly benefits your local area? Do you want to increase your impact and sales?
Half Million Pound Investment in South East Cornwall
European Regional Development Funding worth more than half a million pounds is being invested in Liskeard, South East Cornwall. The funding is part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme. The investment is capitalising on Cornwall’s EU funded superfast broadband connectivity and is seeking to revolutionise financial technology and develop a new, high skilled jobs sector.
Businesses welcome rate relief scheme
Cornwall’s business community has welcomed a decision by Cornwall Council to use a £2.72 million business rate relief fund to help as many businesses as possible.
Local community and partners work flat out to ensure Coverack is open for business
Just six days after devastating flash floods swept through Coverack, the main road will be re- opened to traffic today after the local community and partners worked flat out to ensure that the village is open for business in time for the peak summer season.
Event: Brexit Breakfast Cornwall & Isles of Scilly
Grant Thornton are hosting a "Brexit Breakfast" Cornwall and Isles of Scilly event.
Cornwall Council working with Coverack local community to recover from devastating flash flood
Cornwall Council and partner agencies have been working around the clock to assess the needs of Coverack residents following a devastating flash flood in the village yesterday afternoon.
Coverack floods emergency contact line
An emergency contact line has been set up by Cornwall Council for anyone affected by flooding in Coverack
Talk: Cornwall and the Digital Revolution - The Software Story
Speaker: Belinda Waldock - Software Cornwall, Agile on the Beach
LEADER Business grants helping Cornish businesses to grow
Over 32 small and micro businesses in Cornwall have had development grants approved since the LEADER programme opened in November 2015.
Cornish business support service wins national award
A new service which is helping Cornwall’s businesses meet regulations has won a national award. The Business Regulatory Support Service, which is run by Cornwall Council, won the Business Support category of the Better Regulation Awards 2017.
Are you a creative business? Creative Industries Council wants your views
Use your coffee break to help policy makers better understand the finance issues faced by creative industry businesses.
Progressing sustainable construction in Cornwall
We would like to invite you to our free ‘Enabling Innovators’ Workshop on Friday 14th July at the Green Build Hub, Eden Project hosted by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and in association with Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP & Cornwall New Energy.
Hundreds of businesses helped to grow
The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub has been celebrating its first anniversary helping people find the right support to turn their business idea into a reality, or to take their existing business to the next level of growth.
£11.9 million of European Funding Announced
Two funding calls worth nearly £12 million have been opened to support the growth of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The funding comes from the European Regional Development Fund and is a part of the Growth Programme. The funding will focus on research and innovation and, a shift towards a local carbon economy.
Unique event aims to provide technology solutions for healthcare issues in Cornwall
‘Maximising Technology in Health and Care’ event on 4th July
For the first time in Cornwall, the NHS and other healthcare professionals are being brought together with pioneering health technology companies, to see how they can work together to benefit people across the region and beyond.
Calling all self-catering, B&B's and Airbnb businesses
Cornwall Council are running a series of helpful workshops aimed at business owners who rent or let property to tourists, supported by Visit Cornwall.
Unique event aims to provide technology solutions for healthcare issues in Cornwall
‘Maximising Technology in Health and Care’ event on 4th July
New 10 carriage Intercity Express Train visits Cornwall for the first time
Passengers to benefit from new trains, providing more seats, more services and reduced journey times
LEP welcomes Space Industry Bill
Government plans to make the UK the most attractive place in Europe for commercial space flight have been welcomed by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Calling all creatives to help showcase Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Cornwall Council on behalf of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (CIoS LEP) seeks to commission a creative agency to develop an economic ‘Pitch’ for our region.
BLOODHOUND is Go!
The world’s most advanced straight-line racing car, BLOODHOUND SSC, will be driven for the first time, at Cornwall Airport Newquay, this October, twenty years after the current record of 763.035 mph was set.
European Funding is a Game Changer
A project to support young people in Cornwall and the isles of Scilly into work or long-term learning has received £3.1m of European Social Funding from the Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities project.
UK Space Conference 2017: Orbital Access and Spaceport Cornwall form partnership to provide horizontal launch services
Orbital Access Limited (OAL), a UK based launch systems and aerospace services business, and Spaceport Cornwall have announced their partnership at the UK Space Conference 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LEP reaction to Spring Budget
LEP reaction to Spring Budget
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
£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
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LEP response to Housing White Paper
Responding to publication of the Government’s Housing White Paper today, LEP Chief Executive Sandra Rothwell.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.