Cornwall Attracts Entrepreneurs to Relocate

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Over 25 businesses gathered at London’s leading business venue, One Aldwych to hear Professor Alan Livingston of University College Falmouth speak at the ‘I’d Rather Be in Cornwall Club’.

The quarterly event, run by Cornwall Pure Business (CPB), the county’s inward investment service, provides those who are interested in relocating their business to Cornwall an opportunity to find out what the county has to offer as a business destination.

Professor Livingston spoke passionately about the CUC’s commitment to delivering higher education in Cornwall and how businesses can benefit.

Professor Livingston commented: “Cornwall is going through a renaissance and redefining its future. CUC has for the first time provided an opportunity to stop outward migration. This innovative partnership has an obligation to make a real difference to the future of Cornwall. Higher education is fundamental in generating knowledge that businesses can tap into. For example, Cornwall is now producing some of the most creative students in the country – they are all ready to make a big impact upon their chosen commercial or cultural sector .”

Also in attendance were representatives from CPB and CUC, as well as Cornish companies Jarrang, UKNetWeb and the Cornish law firm Follett Stock. These organisations provided first hand advice and insight into living and working in Cornwall.

Lucy Hunt, inward investment manager added: “Cornwall’s investment into its infrastructure and higher education has proved critical in creating a vibrant business community. I’d rather be in Cornwall Club provides a great platform for Cornwall to showcase its business credentials and speak directly to businesses who want to make the move, in turn generating more employment opportunities.”

Professor Livingston called on businesses interested in relocating to “recognise that you are part of the story and be aware of the impact your contribution can make to the county. Do your homework, talk to those in your sector, be prepared to make a commitment. University College Falmouth is fully committed to being of Cornwall and for Cornwall. However, we are also bigger than Cornwall in the sense that we have to keep developing new national and international connections – business should do the same. Don’t come to drop out – come to drop in.”

CPB has helped relocate over 100 businesses over the past four years, generating over 600 jobs. To see the speech in full go to www.idratherbeincornewallclub.co.uk

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About Cornwall Pure Business

Cornwall Pure Business (CPB) is designed as a red carpet service to target and attract inward investment in key sectors through a co-ordinated one stop service for businesses. The service helps relocators to source locations and business premises; grants and loans; secure IT, telecoms and broadband and provides advice on recruitment, training and education. Additionally, CPB is able to facilitate meetings with key personnel in local and regional institutions who can provide businesses with valuable input and further support. Cornwall Pure Business, is a service of Cornwall Enterprise and jointly funded by European Objective One and Cornwall County Council.

Cornwall Enterprise is the economic development service for Cornwall County Council and its mission is to achieve sustainable prosperity for Cornwall. It provides a range of services to support economic growth, co-ordinates and enables partnerships and helped develop the county’s economic development strategy.