Commerce Cornwall

Neil Robertson, Chair of the Rural Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Partnership

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme is the European economic regeneration programme for the region.  Running from 2014 - 2020, this programme of European funding builds on the previous Objective One and Convergence Programmes.

The European funding available through the Growth Programme is accessed through a series of calls. A call is an open invitation for organisations or applicants to submit bids against a published specification.

The integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) Board is made up of a broad range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations.  Collectively, their role is to agree the ITI strategy, advise the Managing Authorities on call development and review all responses made to calls. 

Each month, we will be introducing a member of the ITI Board to give you a feel for what their hopes and aspirations are for the Growth Programme. 

Neil Robertson chairs the Rural Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Partnership (RCP), a partnership of public, private, community and voluntary sector organisationsthat’s been in existence for almost 30 years.  Neil said: ‘I represent rural interests on the Board and the RCP was delighted that the ITI Board recognised the importance of having a “rural” seat on it.’

Having previously worked in economic development for many years, Neil brings much experience of preparing, managing and delivering European and national funding schemes.  “I feel we have a good depth of experience amongst the ITI Board members”, said Neil.  “This means that whilst my contributions can be wide and varied, I can really focus on my “rural mission”, which is to make sure that individuals, businesses and other organisations benefit from the Growth Programme, wherever they work or operate.  I want to ensure rural areas are aware of the opportunities.’   


Wednesday 20 January 2016