April/May Convergence Communications Update

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


New kit sparks new opportunities for high-tech Falmouth firm
Friday 4 April 2014
A Falmouth electronics company has tripled its turnover and doubled its headcount in three years. Having just invested in the latest equipment to produce its state-of-the-art circuit boards, Sellectronics is now capitalising on the trend for ‘on shoring’ and bringing manufacturing back to the UK. Read More »

Apple aviation arrives at aerohub
Tuesday 8 April 2014
Apple Aviation lays foundations for its new Hangar at Aerohub @ Newquay Cornwall Airport, one of South West’s largest development sites Read More »

Military vets support bullied schoolkids in Cornwall
Tuesday 8 April 2014
A pioneering project retraining injured military veterans to support vulnerable members of the community is expanding its work. Read More »

With superfast broadband, Wadebridge is closer to Hamburg
Thursday 10 April 2014
WISKA UK Ltd, based in Wadebridge, says that superfast broadband has made the company more efficient and this could lead to new local jobs. Read More »

BT Chief Praises Pioneering Superfast Cornwall Partnership as Roll-Out of Fibre Broadband Network Reaches 90 Per Cent Mark
Friday 11 April 2014
BT chief executive Gavin Patterson today praised the “outstanding success” of Superfast Cornwall as the partnership revealed its high-speed fibre broadband network was now in place to serve 90 per cent of Cornish homes and businesses Read More »

Spiezia organics -made for life, set for ‘big’ future
Tuesday 15 April 2014
Spiezia Organics-Made for Life secures Business Investment for Growth (BIG) funding, part of a £3.6m European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) investment programme. Read More » 

Penryn pioneers tap into global markets with smartphone technology
Tuesday 15 April 2014
The pioneering pair behind leading SMS communications company, FireText, is launching a new business venture which is set to go global during 2014. Read More »

United Downs Company wins top regional award.
Thursday 17 April 2014
Clear-flow Ltd recently fought national competitors to pick up a top award at the South West Water Pure Vision Awards 2014. Read More »

Cornish staircase company steps up to become best in the UK
Friday 25 April 2014
A Cornish business has ridden the recession and come out on top as the UK’s leading manufacturer of spiral staircases. Read More » 

Partnership aims to boost access to online skills
Monday 28 April 2014
A partnership between the Department of Work & Pensions, Cornwall Council & Superfast Cornwall is creating an online portal to signpost people to training, public access computers & Wi-Fi hotspots to help them develop their digital skills. Read More »

Superfast broadband helps Falmouth film producers achieve success
Thursday 1 May 2014
A local film production company is growing fast, thanks to superfast broadband. Read More » 

Leading Truro hotel boosted by superfast broadband.
Thursday 1 May 2014
Top Truro hotel, the Alverton Manor, says its trade is being boosted by superfast broadband. Read More » 

Wheal Harmony uncovers its past.
Tuesday 6 May 2014
The derelict Wheal Harmony mine at Redruth has sprung back into life in time for spring as construction starts on a new mixed use development. Read More » 

Jobs milestone for coaching programme
Monday 12 May 2014
More than 2,000 jobs have been created or safeguarded by Cornwall businesses participating in a programme that supports firms seeking to achieve their full growth potential. Read More »

Opening up the Krowji View with Cornwall’s £3.7million Creative Workspace Project
Wednesday 14 May 2014
A heart-lifting view from Redruth’s Old Grammar School to the North Cornish Coast has opened up with the demolition of derelict buildings in the latest stage of a major £3.7million project which will see the Krowji creative hub double in size. Read More »

Cornish candle makers enjoy the scent of success
Friday 16 May 2014
A scented candle business in North Cornwall is enjoying a surge in online orders and preparing to extend its factory in anticipation of record Christmas sales. Read More » 

Carving “3 Truro” – Cornwall’s new workzone offering inspirational investment business space with boosting benefits.
Tuesday 20 May 2014
A rare opportunity for ambitious Cornish businesses to purchase their own property is about to open with the launch of “3 Truro”, a new £5.5 million concept set to revolutionise ‘out of town’ working. Read More » 

Hayle marine business park secures multi-million pound funding
Wednesday 21 May 2014
Millions of pounds of funding has been announced today for the development of a marine renewables business park (MRBP) in Hayle. Read More » 

Cornish businesses stay agile to go global
Friday 23 May 2014
The founder of two of Cornwall’s most successful high-growth businesses is winning contracts with some of the world’s biggest corporations. Read More »

Cornish companies race to the finish in competitive Scalextric championship
Friday 23 May 2014
Tremough Innovation Centre celebrated the news it has supported businesses based there to grow by a record 20 per cent during the last year by hosting a lively Scalextric championship at its 2nd anniversary party. Read More »

Innovation Centre company named Best New Business
Friday 23 May 2014
Dynamic energy efficiency company Happy Energy is celebrating having been named Best New Business at the Cornwall Business Awards. Read More »

Riding High on the Porthmeor Wave – historic Studios celebrate major awards and a Royal Visit by the “Architect Prince”
Thursday 29 May 2014
A delicate £4 million restoration of the world-famous Porthmeor Studios - home to the St Ives School of Painting and where artistic giants including Ben Nicholson and Francis Bacon found their inspiration - has drawn a clutch of honours which was celebrated with a visit by architectural enthusiasts the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Read More »

Scientists call for members of the public to report their health
Thursday 29 May 2014
Scientists in Cornwall are appealing for people across the country to help in new research that’s hoping to shed light on how marine pollution can affect health. Read More »

Coaching sees tech firm switch to growth
Thursday 29 May 2014
A Cornwall-based IT company is set for expansion after receiving specialist business coaching.Read More »

Outset celebrates helping 400 new businesses
Friday 30 May 2014
Outset Cornwall is celebrating this week, after helping launch its 400th new business in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Read More »

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Friday 30 May 2014