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Overview

Increasing productivity and competitiveness in existing businesses and encouraging and supporting new enterprise in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Projects

Breakthrough 2

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund

Community Led Local Development – delivery (ESF)

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Skills Hub

AeroSpace Cornwall

Cornwall Agritech

Acceleration Through Innovation

Debit Escrows and Smart Contracts in FinTech

Cornwall Business Park West – Phase 1

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Energy Market

Superfast Satellite Terminals

Quayworks – Hall for Cornwall

A30 Business Park Phase 1

Access to Finance

Cultivator Business Support

Superfast Business Cornwall

Local Manufacturing Advisory Programme

Export for Growth

Cornish High Value Manufacturing Investment Programme (HVMIP)

Outset Cornwall

Isles of Scilly Voucher Scheme

Invest in Cornwall

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub

Business Investment for Growth 2

Community Led Local Development – preparatory stage

Active Calls

ERDF Call For Proposals: Deadline 22nd March, 2019

£15.5m European Funding Call for SME Support – Workspace

Call title – SME Support – Workspace in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (Ref OC05R18P 0900)

Closing date – 22 March 2019

Download the call specification – Read more

Up to £15.5 million is now available through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (CIOS) for projects that will provide support to small and medium sized enterprises by promoting entrepreneurship and increasing the provision of high quality workspace.

The funding forms part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme, delivering economic regeneration from 2014-2020.

The call invites applications which support the delivery of Priority Axis 3 of the European Regional Development Fund Operational Programme (Enhancing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) and respond to the local development need set out in the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Integrated Territorial Investment Strategy.

Low commercial property values and high development costs have for many years rendered commercial property development unviable in all but a few prime locations. As a result, many businesses are located in outdated accommodation, often not suiting their requirements or their aspirations.

This call aims to increase the availability of high quality workspaces in CIOS and provide market led, high quality, modern and well located workspaces.  It prioritises projects that focus on the creation of new, high value knowledge based jobs with higher than average salaries for CIOS, and located within the newly created workspaces.

Proposals should demonstrate alignment with local development need and priorities including:

  • Complementing the existing portfolio of workspace provision in the CIOS LEP area;
  • Complementing and linking to wider business support activities already available such as the CIOS Growth Hub
  • Building on previous investments in infrastructure, workspaces should have access to superfast broadband;

This call is looking to promote entrepreneurship, and the creation of new firms, including through business incubators. It also encourages the creation and extension of advanced capacities for products, services and development. The overarching aim being the enhancement of the competitiveness of small and medium sized businesses across CIOS.

Applicant support

Potential applicants can make use of the Access to the Programme Team who offer free specialist support for applicants and can be contacted on  accesstotheprogramme@cornwalldevelopmentcompany.co.uk

More information about how this team can help.

ESF Call For Proposals: Deadline 11th March, 2019

£1m European funding call: Creative Skills 2

Call title – Creative Skills 2

Closing Date – 11 March 2019

Download the full funding specification – call specification

The funding comes from the European Social Fund and forms part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme which aims to deliver inclusive economic regeneration for the region from 2014-2020.

The Creative Skills programme will be central to the promotion and development of the creative industries as a growing and innovative sector, through the alignment of industry needs with the skills development needs of the workforce and the enhanced relevance and capacity of sector specific education and skills provision. This approach to ‘business, careers and skills’ will enable local employers to be more involved in designing, delivering and enhancing the skills for their workforce.

Support will be focused on micro, small and medium sized businesses, which form the majority of businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and includes social enterprises. Key features of the project will be the development of employer consortia, apprenticeship and placements, test beds projects in the more remote parts of the region to address gaps in the market, greater alignment of education and skills provision with the training and development needs of the sector, employers, and the wider economy.

For full details of the call, please download the call specification.

Applicant Support

To support applicants, the Access to the Programme Team, funded by technical assistance, offer free specialist support for applicants and can be contacted on accesstotheprogramme@cornwalldevelopmentcompany.co.uk or 01872 323248.

Details of how this team can help can be found here:

Further information about the European Social Fund can be found here.

ERDF Call For Proposals: Deadline 22nd February, 2019

£20m European Funding Call for SME Support

Call title – SME Support in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ref OC05R18P 0897)

Closing date – 22 February 2019

Download the call specificationRead more

Up to £20 million is now available through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for projects that will provide support to Small and Medium Enterprises (SME).  The funding forms part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme, delivering economic regeneration from 2014-2020.

The call invites applications which support the delivery of Priority Axis 3 of the European Regional Development Fund Operational Programme (Enhancing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) and respond to the local development need set out in the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Integrated Territorial Investment Strategy and on particular Strategic priority 2 ‘Growth for Business’

Small and medium sized enterprises and micro businesses are key drivers for local economic growth in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, as they make up approximately 99.8% of the total number of enterprises. At present, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have the lowest levels of productivity of any of the Local Enterprise Partnerships in the country. To improve regional productivity it is essential that local companies are supported to collaborate, compete in national and global markets, increase productivity and identify business opportunities.

This call aims to build upon the progress to date of the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme and to endeavour to create a long-term business support landscape that will endure beyond the life of the current funding cycle.

A significant portfolio of business support projects is now operational in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. However, three specific strategic gaps have been identified in the current business support provision.

–           Raising productivity

–           Supporting small and medium sized enterprises which are neither ‘start ups’ or ‘high growth’

–           Supporting businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to extend their UK trade

The vision also includes an ambition to grow the creative industries sector to provide high value jobs, promote learning and strengthen a strong sense of place.

This call aims to fund business support provision that will close these identified strategic gaps, enhance competitiveness and increase opportunities for enterprise creation, growth, export and investment in the region.

Applicant support

Potential applicants can make use of the Access to the Programme Team who offer free specialist support for applicants and can be contacted on  accesstotheprogramme@cornwalldevelopmentcompany.co.uk

More information about how this team can help.

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