December 2013 ERDF Convergence Communications Update

Here is a round up of the latest ERDF Convergence related communications.

Media Releases

Luggage transfer company to expand nationwide

Cornishman Ben Charity discovered he had a head for business after coming up with a great idea for a new company.

Sculptor re-shapes Christmas with 3D face kits

Christmas day could be transformed thanks to an innovative gift idea from a new Cornish company.

Superfast boost to Saints e-marketing

Saints Screen Print in Falmouth are re-branding, improving their premises and extending their online services thanks to investment from the Superfast Cornwall Fund, a local investment scheme supported through the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Falmouth Launches £1.5m Graduate Entrepreneurship Programme

Falmouth University has secured £1.5 million in funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to run Alacrity Falmouth, a graduate entrepreneurship programme.

£13 million milestone for Cornish grants team

2013 has been a record year for Ewan McClymont and the Grant Services team at Britain’s fastest growing accountants, Bishop Fleming – and he predicts more access to business funds.

New fibre broadband network reaches more than 80% of Cornwall as research says it’s boosting the local economy

Cornwall’s new fibre broadband network has now passed 206,000 homes and businesses – 82 per cent of the Duchy – making it one of the best connected areas in Britain and the best connected rural region in Europe.


First birthday celebrations at The Business Space

The Business Space at Launceston is delighted to announce its first birthday, celebrated by delivering bespoke cupcakes from local supplier, The Pink Elephant Cake Company, to clients to thank them for their support during the first year of opening.

Balancing your Smart Energy Options

An Invitation to a Master Class in the challenges and opportunities presented by Smart Energy Management Solutions 11th December 2013, 08:00 – 11:00am, Western Power, Pool, Cornwall

Export Cornwall: Understanding Cultural Issues

Understanding the etiquette and culture of the countries you plan to trade in can be the difference between winning and losing an export deal. Our expert Sabina Rademacher will help to guide you through common pitfalls and key areas to consider so that you can communicate with confidence.

Combined Universities in Cornwall

Universities and colleges are changing Cornwall for the better and a new series of films is helping to tell the story.

Latest case studies

Clickety Books. A case study

Cornish Cottage Holidays. A case study

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Investment to date

There have been 140 ERDF Convergence investments to date, with a total of c €299.4m spent. The latest Progress Report can be found here.

In other business…

The last 4 weeks have seen a supplement in the Western Morning News from ERDF Convergence and Future EU Programme from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP. Catch it again here.

We held our annual event at the end of October. A celebration of all things ERDF Convergence. If you missed it, everything you need to know is here on our event page.

As always

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Phone: 01872 241379
Twitter: @convergencenews

Distribution includes:

Joint Local Managment Committee
Cornwall MPs and MEPs
Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for Work and Pensions,and EC
Cornwall Business Partnership
South West UK Brussels Office
Cornwall Brussels Office
Local Enterprise Partnership
Cornwall Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly


Monday 16 December 2013