New business event urges Cornish companies to pull together

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Small Cornish companies need to co-operate rather than compete to survive the recession – so says a local business group, which is holding a free information session to help prove it.

Integrated Business Enterprise, a part of the Cornwall Development Company though the West Cornwall Business Network, is hosting the event at the Truro office of Coodes Solicitors on Wednesday 27th of May at 2pm. 

IBE was recently launched to help WCBN members pool their expertise and overcome common obstacles to winning large and public sector contracts. 

Since then it has gone on to expand its brief, earning contracts in both public and private sectors for its hand-picked membership of small businesses. 

Sam Marnham, project manager for IBE, said: “A number of small companies working together can not only match the services provided by a large competitor, but actually offer much more scope and flexibility.

“This is a great chance for local businesses to collaborate and create many more opportunities than they ever could individually. The afternoon session on the 27th will demonstrate that.”

IBE currently operates primarily within the ICT sector, and although expansion plans are underway, the event will be of particular relevance to buyers and suppliers in this industry.

Other benefits of the session will include information on attracting larger contracts, securing more access to the public sector and networking with similar forward-thinking businesses in the county.

It will also outline the benefits of collaboration for both the companies themselves and the local economy as a whole.

Nick Blandford of the Cornwall Development Company said: “It’s great when Cornish companies can team up and beat established, national names, to attract and keep business in the county.  Especially in the current climate, this group should prove a valuable resource.”

Booking for the event is essential, given limited space. To attend, contact Sam on 01872 246 236 or at sam@wcbn.co.uk.