Time to Collaborate

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More than 120 businesses have registered to attend the first annual conference organised by Partner to Succeed and YTKO, Collaborate Cornwall, which takes place this Friday at the Tremough Campus in Falmouth.

The conference, fully funded for Cornish firms of all sizes, showcases successful business collaborations, and features inspirational speakers, as well as unveiling findings from the first ever collaboration research, carried out during the summer.

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The full-day conference will highlight the importance of collaboration on every level, from small scale, one-off local projects, to mass-market international business opportunities.

Delegates attending the conference will hear from a selection of high profile speakers as well as gaining an insight into the collaboration process and benefits, with examples of Cornish business collaborations.

The conference has commissioned top-quality speakers from across the UK. Those presenting include television’s longest-serving business and economics editor, Michael Wilson, worldwide adventurer yachtsman, Pete Goss and London based co-founder of a new open innovation agency, 100%Open, Roland Harwood.

Collaborate Cornwall will also offer a timely opportunity for Cornish businesses to hear from Cornwall Council’s chief executive, Kevin Lavery and the South West RDA’s head of business development, Stephen Bohane, about the latest local and regional plans affecting business in Cornwall.

Results from the first Collaborate Cornwall survey are to be made public at the event, and all conference delegates will be provided with the full findings. The survey investigates the attitude to, and appetite for, collaboration among local businesses. To show how Cornwall collaboration fares nationally, the survey has been benchmarked against the data gathered from businesses in Norfolk, a similar rural economy facing many of the geographic, skills and investment issues common in Cornwall.

Peter White, founder of business development company YTKO said: “We are delighted with the enthusiasm that businesses have demonstrated in registering for our first annual conference. There is a clear appetite for collaboration and we are confident that businesses attending the Collaborate Cornwall Conference will be inspired by the speakers, case studies and the findings from our market research.”

Any business in Cornwall is eligible for a fully funded place at the conference. Full details and registration is via www.partnertosucceed.co.uk and follow the links to the Collaborate Cornwall Conference.