CIoS Strategic Economic Plan
The LEP Board have led on the refresh of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) over spring and summer 2016. We have engaged with business, as well as the public and voluntary sectors and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed, attended an event or given us their thoughts so far.
The refreshed SEP will be finalised very soon but in the meantime you can read the latest text version here.
Students look to the future at Eden event
Students from across Cornwall have come together at the Eden Project to create a vision of their future in 2030.
Eden held the event entitled ‘Young People and Our Future Economy’ with the support of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to get input from young people into the future economic plan for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly up to 2030.
The plan is being put together by the LEP and will provide an economic blueprint for the next 15 years. It is due to be published in the New Year.
Forty students from Newquay Treviglas, St Ives, Liskeard and Callington secondary schools attended the event to visualise the future direction of Cornwall and explore what was important to them.
Mark Adams, Business and Enterprise Teacher at St Ives School, said: “The students have loved and benefited from coming to this event - it’s so important for them to remember that they are a key part of Cornwall’s future.”
The students’ ideas fuelled discussions about the importance of the environment, technology, connectivity and equality in Cornwall’s future.
Sixth Form student Holly Neville from Callington Community College, said: “Education is most important for providing the building blocks for the future. We think there should be more opportunities to learn about the world of work and develop skills, rather than just be in the classroom.”
To end the day the students wrote postcards to the students of 2030 so their future counterparts can compare how realistic their 2016 predictions were.
Clare Harris, the LEP’s Employment and Skills Manager, said: “I’m thrilled by the students' responses. They have come up with some great ideas which we will be hoping to work into the Strategic Economic Plan for Cornwall and Scilly over the coming months.”
Sam Kendall, Eden's Education Manager, said: "The young people delighted us with their energy and commitment to the process. This has been a fantastic opportunity for them to have their voices heard."
Measuring the impact of Brexit
30 September 2016
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (C&IoS LEP) wants to understand the impact on the local economy due to Brexit. Such evidence is important should the LEP be asked by Government for intelligence on businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly due to the referendum.
The LEP is particularly interested to understand the impacts of the Brexit vote within tourism and agriculture businesses, larger employers in general, those with foreign ownership, exporters (and those that are/were thinking of exporting) and those who are trying to or have already succeeded to secure Foreign Direct Investment.
PFA Research was asked to conduct qualitative interviews among these groups to collate evidence and influencer views of real and potential impacts of Brexit; such as changes in strategic direction, investment plans, sales or advanced orders, staff recruitment, training, marketing direction, etc. Interviews were designed to be open and independent to allow all impacts to be assessed, whether positive, negative or simply evidence of inertia.
This report has been compiled to feedback the key findings from interviews, in an anonymous format, as well as feedback from the LEP’s Annual Event held on 22 September.
Please click on the icon to view the document
To 2030 and beyond
22 September 2016
On 22 September the LEP welcomed 135 delegates to the Eden Project for our ‘Breakfast in the Biomes’ event.
It was supported by the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and included representatives from the local business community and the public and voluntary sectors.
Its purpose was to inform the audience about the LEP’s work, look at some of the challenges and opportunities facing our region, and to seek input to the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Strategic Economic Plan, the roadmap for economic development to 2030 and beyond which is currently being updated.
The event was split into two parts, starting with a series of short speeches by the LEP Board Directors on ‘themes’ such as the rise of the Millennials, skills in our workforce and the importance of collaboration and culture to our working life.
After the speeches, delegates moved to 'The Core' building for an interactive workshop.
Unlike the typical flip chart and questionnaire handouts, voting buttons were used by delegates to answer a series of questions ranging from the impact of Brexit, funding priorities for the future, and what Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly want to be known for.
To see the opinions of our delegates - click here.
The feedback we have received has been very positive and we hope everyone who attended the Breakfast in the Biomes was as inspired by the opportunity to help shape the future of our region as they were by the amazing venue.
The LEP will be providing updates and opportunities to comment on the updating of the Strategic Economic Plan via our website and we plan to have the document finished by early 2017.
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