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Report predicts ‘economic shock’ for South West rural economy from changes to farming payment scheme

May 9, 2022 | news

Report predicts ‘economic shock’ for South West rural economy from changes to farming payment scheme

New research published today (9th May) identifies £883 million is predicted to be lost from the rural economy up to 2027 across Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

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April Chair’s Blog

April 7, 2022 | blog

April Chair’s Blog

I believe the voice of business is vital to any devolution agenda, and it’s something that the Government has recognised. It has outlined how it wants to embed a strong, independent and diverse local business voice into local democratic institutions, says LEP Chair, Mark Duddridge.

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Davidstow creamery development on course for completion

April 7, 2022 | press

Davidstow creamery development on course for completion

A multi-million pound dairy development project in North Cornwall is on course to be completed following a £3.17m investment from the LEP. The LEP’s grant from the Government’s Getting Building Fund is supporting the multi- million pound development of the world-class Saputo Dairy UK creamery in Davidstow.

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LEP backs maximum devolution deal for Cornwall

April 7, 2022 | news

LEP backs maximum devolution deal for Cornwall

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership is backing plans for Cornwall to achieve the most ambitious County Deal possible in negotiations with Government. Cornwall is among a first wave of areas that have been invited to bid for County Deal status and the LEP has endorsed Cornwall Council’s plan to bid for a ‘Tier 3’ deal

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Cornwall and Scilly top annual ‘Good Growth’ Index

March 25, 2022 | news

Cornwall and Scilly top annual ‘Good Growth’ Index

Cornwall’s green growth agenda and commitment to a low carbon economy have helped push it to the top of this year’s ‘Good Growth Index’ of English regions.

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Cornwall’s cultural ambitions undimmed by bid announcement

March 19, 2022 | press news

Cornwall’s cultural ambitions undimmed by bid announcement

Cornwall’s cultural ambitions remain undimmed despite today’s [19th March] announcement that it has not made the final round of the City of Culture 2025 competition.  The Government has confirmed that Cornwall is not among the final four regions going forward to bid for the title, having made it onto a longlist of eight areas from an original list of 20 last year. 

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New targets could help public sector use more local food, according to new report

March 11, 2022 | news

New targets could help public sector use more local food, according to new report

The public sector can strengthen local supply chains and help local producers access them by being set targets and annually reporting where food, served in staff canteens for example, comes from. This would strengthen local supply chains and help local producers to access them.

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South West bids to be at forefront of sustainable UK battery production

February 22, 2022 | press news

South West bids to be at forefront of sustainable UK battery production

Cornwall’s emerging technology metals industry is gearing up to provide critical supplies of lithium to a planned battery gigafactory in Somerset, in a move that would put the South West of England at the forefront of sustainable battery production in the UK.

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Cornwall submits bid for City of Culture 2025

February 22, 2022 | press news

Cornwall submits bid for City of Culture 2025

Cornwall has submitted its ambitious bid to become the first rural area to win UK City of Culture 2025, saying it would be a huge boost for a region that urgently needs investment to close the gap with the rest of the UK.

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February Chair’s blog

February 22, 2022 | blog

February Chair’s blog

City of Culture status would be an affirmation of everything that makes Cornwall special – and a vital part of levelling up our economy, says Mark Duddridge.

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Headforwards named as first City of Culture sponsor

December 16, 2021 | press

Headforwards named as first City of Culture sponsor

Cornish tech company Headforwards has been named as the first business sponsor of Cornwall’s bid to become City of Culture 2025. The fast-growing software company, which has recently moved to its new FibreHub offices in Pool and employs 100 staff, will support a planned event in Westminster in January aimed at highlighting Cornwall’s bid to Government, officials and the creative sector.

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December Chair’s blog

December 8, 2021 | blog

December Chair’s blog

So it’s official – we’re going to have to wait a little longer to find out how the Government intends to tackle regional inequalities across the UK. It was confirmed this week that the Levelling Up White Paper, which had been anticipated before the end of the year, will now be published in 2022.

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STEM and Health Skills Centre on course for spring opening

December 3, 2021 | press news

STEM and Health Skills Centre on course for spring opening

A £6.3m STEM and Health Skills Centre in Bodmin that aims to transform the teaching of industry-relevant skills in Cornwall is on course to open in spring next year. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and Health Skills Centre for North and East Cornwall is being built by Truro and Penwith College with support from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which is meeting £3.78m of the costs through the Government’s Getting Building Fund (GBF).

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LEP appoints four new private sector directors

November 30, 2021 | press news

LEP appoints four new private sector directors

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has appointed four new directors to bring specialist knowledge to its Board.The new directors are being co-opted for a fixed-term of one year and have expertise in research and innovation, project development and funding, the visitor economy and sustainability, and small business.

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South West MPs back Cornwall for City of Culture

November 29, 2021 | press news

South West MPs back Cornwall for City of Culture

A cross-party group of South West MPs is backing Cornwall’s bid to be City of Culture 2025, and are writing to Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries to record their support. The Great South West All Party Parliamentary Group, which is jointly chaired by South West Devon MP Sir Gary Streeter and Exeter Labour MP and former Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw, endorsed the bid at their November meeting.

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Huge step forward for floating wind power with 4GW plan for Celtic Sea

November 12, 2021 | news

Huge step forward for floating wind power with 4GW plan for Celtic Sea

Ambitions to create thousands of green energy jobs in Cornwall and the South West by developing a floating wind industry have taken a huge step forward with confirmation from The Crown Estate that it is looking to unlock 4GW of energy from the Celtic Sea by 2035. That would be enough electricity for four million homes, making a major contribution to the UK’s net zero target.

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LEP sets out low carbon opportunity for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

November 8, 2021 | news

LEP sets out low carbon opportunity for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

As talks continue at the COP26 Climate Change Conference, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has set out how Cornwall can support national and global ambitions in the transition to a low carbon economy. A new prospectus and summary film, ‘How Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is leading the green industrial revolution’, sets out how decarbonising the economy is both an environmental imperative and huge opportunity for the region.

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November Chair’s blog

November 8, 2021 | blog

November Chair’s blog

Decarbonising our economy is both an environmental imperative and a huge opportunity for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The move away from fossil fuels requires massive investment in new global industries, from floating offshore wind to electric vehicles and battery storage. Investment will lead to the creation of hundreds of thousands of skilled, well-paid jobs in the UK, benefitting the economy.

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Cornwall longlisted for City of Culture 2025

October 8, 2021 | press news

Cornwall longlisted for City of Culture 2025

Cornwall’s bid to be the UK’s City of Culture 2025 has moved a step closer after being longlisted with seven other parts of the UK for the prestigious title.

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Cornish MPs back City of Culture 2025 bid

September 24, 2021 | press blog news

Cornish MPs back City of Culture 2025 bid

Cornwall’s six Members of Parliament are backing Cornwall’s bid to be the UK’s City of Culture 2025.
Cornwall is among 20 bids from across the UK vying to win the prestigious four-yearly title and be at the centre of the UK’s cultural spotlight in 2025.

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September Chair’s blog

September 30, 2021 | blog

September Chair’s blog

We’re going to be hearing a lot more about the Government’s ‘levelling up’ plans in the coming months, at least if the recent appointment of Michael Gove as the newly-named Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Secretary is anything to go by. The move of the Cabinet’s ‘Mr Fixit’ into this role is I think recognition from Number 10 that ‘levelling up’ urgently needs a champion and a coherent plan if it is to evolve from being a catchy slogan into the catalyst for investment, job creation and social change that it can and should be.

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Glenn Caplin-Grey on why Cornwall’s creativity and carbon-neutral ambitions are a winning combination

August 12, 2021 | blog

Glenn Caplin-Grey on why Cornwall’s creativity and carbon-neutral ambitions are a winning combination

It is here, in the merging of our cultural and creative industries with our environmental and sustainability approach that I believe Cornwall has a unique opportunity to write a new chapter for our region and its future. This is why we decided to launch Cornwall’s bid for the UK City of Culture 2025, and expect to discover next month whether we have made the shortlist.

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Clare Parnell on sustainable tourism

July 14, 2021 | blog

Clare Parnell on sustainable tourism

With five million visitors a year to Cornwall it’s not surprising that this can lead to pressure on infrastructure, tensions with local communities and impacts on our environment.
Managing those visitor numbers in a sustainable way is becoming increasingly important because it is the quality of the natural environment that underpins the visitor economy.

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July Chair’s blog

July 14, 2021 | blog

July Chair’s blog

As the country prepares for the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions from next Monday the long-term impact of the pandemic on the local jobs market is far from certain.
The furlough scheme, introduced 15 months ago, is starting to unwind and is due to end on 30 September. At its peak in May last year it was paying the wages of 8.9 million workers. Since then it’s shrunk to around 1.5 million but we’ve no idea how many of those jobs will still exist over the next few months.

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New Aviation Centre at Cornwall Airport Newquay

July 13, 2021 | news

New Aviation Centre at Cornwall Airport Newquay

Construction for a new £2m Aviation Centre at Cornwall Newquay Airport has started this month. The Aviation Centre will be the start of a new era for property development at the Airport and provide horizontal launch service operations for Spaceport Cornwall.

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Cornwall’s large employers urged to support apprenticeship levy transfer

July 13, 2021 | news

Cornwall’s large employers urged to support apprenticeship levy transfer

Large employers in Cornwall are being urged to use any unspent Apprenticeship Levy to help local small businesses bounce back after coronavirus.
Companies with a wage bill over £3m a year pay a monthly levy they can use to fund their own apprenticeship training. But after two years any unspent funds go to the Treasury and into the national UK apprenticeship pot.

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Cornwall’s Housing Market – Business Impact Survey

July 13, 2021 | news

Cornwall’s Housing Market – Business Impact Survey

There is growing evidence that the ability of employers in Cornwall to hire or retain staff is being impacted by a lack of available housing.
This short survey has been co-commissioned by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, Cornwall Chamber, FSB, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub and business groups in Cornwall to help assess the scale of the issue and inform future housing policy.

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June Chair’s blog: Cornwall’s gift to the G7 – a vision of a green and sustainable economy

June 7, 2021 | blog

June Chair’s blog: Cornwall’s gift to the G7 – a vision of a green and sustainable economy

As some of the most powerful world leaders descend upon Cornwall this week, they come with heavy shoulders; tackling a global pandemic and its impact on health and economic policy, and changing course on climate change to create a green future.

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Cornwall to bid for City of Culture 2025

June 14, 2021 | press

Cornwall to bid for City of Culture 2025

Cornwall has announced its intention to bid for City of Culture 2025 in a move that would put the UK’s cultural spotlight on the far South West for a year. The official announcement comes at the end of the G7 Summit of world leaders which has been taking place in Carbis Bay on Cornwall’s Atlantic coast.

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LEP showcases Cornwall ahead of G7 Summit

June 6, 2021 | press

LEP showcases Cornwall ahead of G7 Summit

A campaign to change perceptions of Cornwall and showcase what it can offer the world ahead of the G7 Summit is attracting international attention.
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has produced a series of briefings aimed at national and international journalists covering the event from June 11-13 in Carbis Bay.

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