January/February 2014 Convergence Communications Update

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


Cornwall copywriters heading for £1 million turnover

A fast-growing Cornish copywriting business is aiming for a £1 million annual turnover in the next two to three years. Penryn-based Radix Communications was set up by Fiona Campbell-Howes in 2007 and writes marketing copy for some of the world’s biggest enterprise technology companies, including Dell, Fujitsu, IBM and Oracle. Read More »

Hot desk facility launched for small businesses

The Business Space, Launceston has recently launched a new hot desk facility providing small businesses and self-employed people with office space to carry out their day to day business. This great opportunity offers individuals a hot desk to use as a base for their whole working day as well as the opportunity to meet clients either in the office or café area. Read More »

Carley’s of Cornwall secures £447k towards £1m expansion

A vision to transform a dis-used water pumping station into an eco-friendly factory for a small Cornish organic food producer will become a reality later this year. Read More »

Wave Hub welcomes Nordic utilities giant

Finnish multi-national utilities firm Fortum has signed an agreement to secure a berth at Wave Hub, the offshore renewable energy test facility in Cornwall, it was announced today. Read More »

Kresen Kernow – have your say in shaping the new home for Cornwall’s stories

Interested in Cornwall’s history, archaeology and culture? Want to get involved with shaping the future of the service that cares for the millions of records including documents, photographs, books, maps and databases that capture this information? Then why not have your say on the development of the Kresen Kernow project? Read More »

Sixth major award for Superfast Cornwall

Superfast Cornwall, the pioneering partnership between the EU, BT and Cornwall Council, has won a major marketing award. Read More »

Jewellery tycoon to add sparkle to Cornwall Business Awards

Cornwall Business Awards 2014 have announced that Gerald Ratner will be the celebrity speaker at the gala awards ceremony to be held at St Mellion International Resort on May 15th. Read More »

Falmouth Leads the Way with Digital Games Degree

Falmouth University is delighted to announce the addition of a BA(Hons) Digital Games degree to our undergraduate portfolio. Read More »

Cornwall company to lead UK in customised clothing

Cornwall business, Saints Screen Print Company Ltd, is on track to become the UK’s leading personalised clothing company in the next five years. The Falmouth-based husband and wife team, Fiona and Steve Ward, are aiming to capture the UK market for high-quality, bespoke clothing branded with names, logos and slogans.

Cornish anti-slip decking company gets a grip on Australian market

Cornish company Gripsure is preparing to take its unique non-slip decking to Australia this year. The business, which is based in Bugle, has transformed itself from a small local contractor to a major national manufacturing company in just four years and is now set to go international in 2014.

Launceston Networking Breakfast at The Business Space

Cornwall College Business (CCB) held its latest Launceston Business Networking Breakfast last week at The Business Space, Launceston.

Get ready for The Money Market

Business support programmes Outset Cornwall and Cornwall Enterprising Women have joined forces to host a new finance-focused event next month, to help businesses achieve their financial goals in 2014.

Artificial reef to be created from waste seashells

Specialists in marine resources and artificial reefs have gathered at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) on the Penryn Campus to discuss the design and creation of an innovative new marine reef in the English Channel.

Cornish manufacturer to create 20 jobs following grant success

A Cornish manufacturing company is creating up to 20 new jobs having secured a £380,000 Government grant to support export growth and strengthen its competitive edge.

£3.6 million Business Park interests local businesses.

Newquay is known for its beaches and natural environment and a new development at Quintrell Downs has taken its environmental responsibilities to heart.

Cornwall Design and Print

Redruth-based Cornwall Design and Print have been successful in accessing funding from SWIG Finance to invest in business development.

£300,000 grant enables Cornish Springs manufacturer to boost production and secure growth.

Redruth based European Springs and Pressings has received an ERDF Convergence grant of almost £300,000 to secure a total investment of £1 million, boosting its production of springs for the automotive sector

No teething troubles for Cornish company

A Cornish mum-of-two who invented the world’s first teething mitten to help her ten-week-old son is now preparing to break into the US market. 

Latest case studies

Outset. Sharon Grant and St Ives Pizza Co. Case studies

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January 2014 ERDF Convergence newsletter
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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…

Images of the ERDF Convergence investments can be found here in our Flickr account.

We held an event in the Long Gallery at New County Hall, Truro following February’s full council meeting to highlight Cornwall Council’s involvement with ERDF Convergence.

As always

You can get in contact with us in the usual ways:
Phone: 01872 241379
Email: convergence@cornwall.gov.uk 
Website: www.erdfconvergence.org.uk 
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 3 March 2014