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A4e's one aim is to improve people's lives around the world. We do this in many different ways, through the various projects and pilots we undertake.
We pride ourselves in helping people and organisations access high quality training, employment and advice, doing whatever we can to drive social change and provide opportunity.
They offer help with recruitment, both at the business and individual level; business support; support for start-ups; funding; training etc.
To provide loan funding for the improvement, refurbishment, or acquisition of village halls,community centres and in some cases church buildings in rural England.Eligible costs include: extensions, rebuilding costs, refurbishment, upgrading of facilities, land and profressional fees associated withthe project.Financial support of up to £20,000, applications of over £20,000 will be considered.
Necessary Qualifications of Applicant:
Management committees, not for profit, or charitable organisations that run village and similar halls. Must also represent members of the local community with a population of no more than 10,000 inhabitants.
Please make contact before submitting an application because at times we have to operate a waiting list.
ACRE managed the Rural Comunity Buildings Fund on behalf of Defra.
Arts and Business aims to promote mutually beneficial relationships between business, the art and the public sector across the UK. They are the connnecting point between business and arts communities in the region.
Reach aims to increase private sector investment into the arts by supporting arts organisations in developing sustainable relationships
with business. Through Reach Arts & Business invests in mutually beneficial partnerships between business, the arts and the public sector. We aim to increase private sector investment into the arts by supporting arts organisations in developing sustainable relationships with business. Successful applicants will receive up to £1 for every £2 invested by business.
Arts Council England works to get more art to more people in more places. It develops and promotes the arts across England, acting as an independent body.
Between 2006 and 2008, it will invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and the National Lottery in supporting the arts.
ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the largest and fastest-growing international accountancy body with 260,000 students and 110,000 members in 170 countries. We aim to offer qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.
Audiences London Plus strengthen arts and cultural organisations by providing support to understand audiences and increase engagement to enable the sector and individual organisations to thrive.
Beacon provides a trusted and confidential environment where Beacon companies and Beacon Pathfinder businesses gain through the advice and insight of peers and profit from expert knowledge of developments taking place in the world of business.
Beacon companies are some of the most successful businesses in the region independently validated as companies that have achieved outstanding performance across a range of criteria. Their leaders are forward thinking; ambitious for their business and people
The integrity and independence of the Beacon Verification Assessment process is upheld by Plymouth University in association with Forum21 Ltd
Beacon is extending affiliation to selected dynamic, high growth potential businesses; those regarded as the business leaders of the future. Beacon Pathfinder businesses will benefit from being able to tap into the many resources available in the region including the pioneering Beacon Companies network
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out half the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
BIG is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since June 2004
For further information please go to our website - www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
The Government created a new Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whose key role is to build Britain’s capabilities to compete in the global economy. The Department was created by merging BERR and DIUS.
BIS - the Department for Business - aims to ensure business success in an increasingly competitive world. Its role is to boost productivity and keep the UK competitive and an attractive place to do business, especially in challenging economic times, as well as to help companies succeed overseas and to bring foreign investment to the UK. It focuses on raising and sustaining the UK’s economic performance, nationally and in the regions, to create the jobs, wealth and ideas which support a healthy economy and social wellbeing.
Bridges Ventures is an investment company whose commercial expertise is used to deliver both financial returns and social and environmental benefits. We believe that market forces and entrepreneurship can be harnessed to do well by doing good.
The British Chambers of Commerce is a non-political, non-profit making organisation.
This website contains free and detailed information on employment law.
The British Franchise Association (bfa) is the self-regulatory body for franchising in the UK. Their website explains what is involved in franchising. The website provides essential information for potential franchisees and franchisors and includes a list of bfa members, their contact details and website addresses where these are available. The bfa also run one day educational semianrs around the country to educate prospective franchisees and prospective franchisors on franchising.
Trade association for the British boating industry and its membership accounts for 90% of the industry's turnover.
On-line search facility for identifying British Standards. The site also contains details on Kitemarks, CE Marking, product testing services.
The BVCA is the industry body for the UK private equity and venture capital industry. The site contains information regarding venture capital and how to get it.
This Business Link service is part of the national Business Link network providing help and support for small businesses and people starting businesses. In the South West the Business Link service works closely with the main business support organisations, from both public and private sector, to ensure owners and managers receive the best information and advice.
Business Link helps thousands of companies do business. We work closely with organisations like South West Screen and ArtsMatrix to ensure our services are relevant to creative professionals. We can help you tackle the issues that are slowing your creative business down by offering business information, guidance and links to relevant providers of creative support.
Buy a business from over 50,000 live businesses for sale.
With over 3,000 business listings www.buy-cornish.co.uk is one of the most comprehensive business directories in Cornwall. The online directory can be used to locate suppliers, distributors, customers and potential clients. Standard listing £10+VAT, Premium listing £50+VAT and subscriptions can be made online via PayPal.
Capital for Enterprise Limited (‘CfEL’) is an asset management business that designs, implements and manages finance measures to support Small and Medium Size enterprises (‘SMEs’) across the UK. It is the largest single investor in UK Venture Capital funds and manages guarantee programmes to support bank lending. The company is also able to offer advisory and investment management services to public sector customers looking to stimulate the development of enterprise.
CfEL commenced trading in April 2008 and is wholly owned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (‘BIS’). CfEL is managed by an independent Board of Directors, drawn from across industry and finance, and has 14 full-time expert staff as well as retaining specialist consultants and other professionals as required.
The Carbon Trust are independent experts with a mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy. They offer the following services:
– Advice for businesses, governments and the public sector on their opportunities in a sustainable, low carbon world
– Measurement and certification of the environmental footprint of organisations, products and services
– Help to develop and deploy low carbon technologies and solutions, from energy efficiency to renewable power
Cartwheel is a private sector, non-profit making company, run by farmers and staffed by people who live and work in the rural community of Devon and Cornwall. It has been set up to help farm and countryside tourism operators under the brand name Cartwheel, to promote the wide range of quality farm and country products in the South West of England.
CIMA is the world’s largest professional body of management accountants. We offer the most relevant finance qualification for business.
With the CIMA qualification, you’ll drive business performance and be at the forefront of your organisation. CIMA members play key roles in some of the world’s most exciting companies.
How is CIMA different?
Most accountancy qualifications train people for private practice, working on external audit and tax issues. CIMA is different. It’s rooted in real world business needs, preparing people like you to take your place in the action packed world of international business.
What are the entry routes?
If you have already studied a finance and business degree, you may be entitled to exemptions from some CIMA exams. You don’t however need a relevant degree to start your CIMA studies. Graduates in other disciplines will start by studying the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting, which will give you a solid grounding to then progress on to the CIMA Professional Qualification.
T. +44 (0)20 8849 2251
Lists CIM activities and programmes and provides links to recommended marketing and business sites.
The Climate Change Projects Office (CCPO) is a joint initiative from BERR and Defra set up to assist UK businesses that wish to pursue opportunities arising from the Kyoto Protocol. It provides advice and support for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and that could be eligible for tradeable emission reduction credits.
The CoaST Project Network provides the opportunity for organisations and individuals committed to the successful development of sustainable tourism in Cornwall to exchange ideas, knowledge and expertise.
Universities and colleges within Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) offer a range of services to business. Services are available for whatever line of business you are in (skills training or graduate placement from Unlocking Cornish Potential) and more specialist services, where your business focus really needs to fit with partners’ areas of research. Not all services are free and many are supported by European Convergence Funding, making them more accessible to business. Universities and colleges can work as part of your professional support network, to help you make your business more competitive by:
• Using or hiring a venue
• Extending your offer by hiring specialist equipment
• Helping with problem solving or projects through access to specialist equipment and expertise
• Ensuring quality and consistency in what you do through people - skills training
• Building capability and helping grow your business
• Helping you develop early market advantage and
• Helping give your new or relocated business a better chance of success.
Service areas are: R&D, access to graduates, networks and skills training. For all contact details go to www.cuc.ac.uk/business/business-contacts Be prepared to invest some time in exploring conversations, reviewing options and building relationships with institutions which best suit your needs.
CUC is a partnership of all the universities and colleges offering
university-level education in Cornwall. CUC has a dedicated Business
Development team which helps businesses to access a range of services and facilities, such as: specialist expertise, research and development, graduates and postgraduates, professional development/training, specialist facilities and equipment. The team also administers the Cornwall Research Fund, which help SMEs fund R&D projects.
Directory of advice agencies and solicitors set up by the government to ensure that people can access information about their legal rights. The site also has free legal information factsheets and details about whether you qualify for legal aid.
The Government is overseeing a fundamental shift of power away from Westminster to councils, communities and homes across the nation. A radical localist vision is turning Whitehall on its head by decentralising central government and giving power to the people.
At the Department for Communities and Local Government we are helping to end big government and create a free, fair and responsible Big Society by:
decentralising power as far as possible
meeting people's housing aspirations
putting communities in charge of planning
letting people see how their money is being spent.
The Department sets policy on supporting local government; communities and neighbourhoods; regeneration; housing; planning, building and the environment; and fire. The Department is ending the era of top-down government by giving new powers to councils, communities, neighbours and individuals.
The official list of all companies registered in the UK.
Cornish Woodmeet is a forum for those involved in Cornwall’s Woodland, Forestry and Wood Processing, Products and Services Sector.
Funded through the Rural Development Programme for England, Cornwall County Council, the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund, the team assist with the development of projects for businesses within the agricultural, horticultural, food and land based industries of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The team also act as the administrative body for the Cornwall Agri-food Council.
The purpose of the AONB designation is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area. The designation gives a formal recognition to an area’s landscape importance and allows for the development of communities and economic activity. However development is only permitted in ways that enhance and is in-keeping with the landscape character of the AONB.
For over 30 years, the Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions (CATA) has been working to improve the quality of the visitor experience in the County. Representing 40 top quality visitor attractions, the association produces Summer and Winter Guides and the Cornwall Tourism Map.
The Cornwall Business Partnership aims to work with others to make Cornwall a successful and attractive place to do business.
Our core values include providing a voice for business in Cornwall into the Convergence European Funding Programme whilst assisting the creation of a positive business environment and encouraging entrepreneurial activity. There is a demand for excellence in enterprise, a need to promote inward investment and to facilitate economic development. There is also a need to highlight our successes to the outside world and, in so doing, increase the prosperity of the Region.
Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) is an independent, local organisation, whose main aim is to improve the prosperity and competitiveness of Cornish businesses, incorporating both the Cornwall Exporters' Network (CEN) and the Cornwall Engineering Group (CEG). CCCI offers export and import help and advice, commercial services and networking opportunities.
Cornwall College Business offers a wide range of high-quality training and consultancy solutions to help your business achieve better results.
Whether you’re looking for an in-company workshop to sharpen up and extend your employees’ skills or an in-depth professional course leading to a national qualification, we can provide precisely what your business needs, from apprenticeship level right up to senior management.
Cornwall College Camborne course areas are as follows: Access Courses, A-Levels, Arts and Media, Automotive Engineering, Built Environment, Business and Secretarial, Community Education, Engineering, Foundation Studies, Hair, Beauty and Holistic, Early Years and Health Care, Hotel and Catering Studies, IT and Computing, Language Studies, Leisure, Tourism, Sport, Science, Public Services and Social Services.
Cornwall College Newquay runs a number of courses: Animal Management National Diploma, FdSc Marine Aquaculture, FdSc Wildlife Education and Media, FdSc Zoological Conservation, FdSc Marine Conservation, BSc Applied Zoology, FdSc Animal Science (Behaviour/Husbandry), FdSc Ecology, FdSc Surf Science & Technology. Various one day and evening courses throughout the year. Also new courses coming soon...
Cornwall College Saltash course areas are as follows: Access Courses, Art and Design, Basic Foundation Studies, Beauty Therapy, Business Administration and Secretarial, Childcare and Early Years, Computing, Construction, Education and Teaching, Hairdressing, Health and Social Care, IT Training, Leisure Courses, Travel and Tourism, Degrees.
Cornwall College St Austell runs the following courses: Access Courses, AS/A-Levels, Art, Media and Design, Business and Professional, Computing and IT, Construction, Engineering and Motor Vehicles, Foundation Studies, Hairdressing and Beauty, Health Care and Early Years, Hospitality & Catering, Leisure Courses, Performing Arts, Teaching, PGCE, Sport and Public Services, Travel and Tourism.
Local Authority. Cornwall Council offers a range of financial and non financial packages to assist a range of organisations with a variety of eligible projects, including the Funding Service. Applicants must be based in the county of Cornwall.
The Cornwall Crafts Association supports craftmakers resident in Cornwall to encourage the highest standards of design and manufacture. It also aims to reach a wider audience to promote a greater appreciation and understanding of contemporary design-led craftwork.
Cornwall Development Company is the economic development service for Cornwall Council and its mission is to achieve sustainable prosperity for Cornwall. It co-ordinates and enables partnerships and has helped to develop the economic development strategy for the county. It is the conduit for the Business Investment for Growth, Superfast Cornwall Fund, Business Catayst Fund and Growing Places.
The Specialist Landbased College.
For students: Set in some of the most picturesque locations in Cornwall, Duchy College has a top quality standard of education with a comprehensive range of qualifications available up to degree level. Duchy College works very closely with industrial partners to offer students work placement opportunities, study visits and additional qualifications not just in Cornwall but also in Europe.
For businesses: The Rural Business School combines education, training, business support and applied research for rural industries. Our educational and developmental programmes range from one-day vocational workshops to foundation degrees. Our commitment to research and industry is underpinned with continuous investment, and we are host to a number of Objective One and Defra funded projects and events such as the Vocational Training Scheme.
There are two locations: Rosewarne, near Camborne; and Stoke Climsland, near Callington.
The Cornwall Chamber of Commerce & Industry hosts the Cornwall Exporters' Network (CEN). CEN's mission is to provide a forum for the experienced and inexperienced exporter alike to meet to share ideas, experience and information, to learn from the experience of others.
Cornwall Film offers support for Cornwall’s film, tv and new media practitioners.
Cornwall Foodfinder is a directory of Cornish businesses operating in the food and drinks sector. The online directory includes sections on; meats and poultry, preserves, sauces and snacks, fruit and vegetables, organic, fish, distribution, wholesale and agents, dairy and eggs, bakery and pastries, beverages and confectionery. Membership is £20+VAT per annum.
The forum aims to provide a convenient means of exchange of information, experience and opinion between members on matters affecting the interests of their companies, their employees and manufacturing industry in Cornwall. Another objective is to encourage and assist the development of manufacturing in Cornwall and to provide a channel of communication between members of the Forum and local and regional organistaions.
Cornwall Marine Network is an organisation dedicated to supporting the Marine sector in Cornwall via initiatives that improve profitability and encourage growth through quality and innovation.
Cornwall Marine Network was established in 2002 to improve the prosperity of Cornwall's world-class marine sector. Seven years on, the Network remains firmly rooted in the sector, seeing the key to the current and future success as continuing to support members through inventive training and marketing initiatives.
Cornwall Media Focus is a membership organisation open to anyone working in media in Cornwall. We aim to facilitate the development of a new media cluster for Cornwall, enabling our members to develop knowledge, contacts and skills which will help their businesses to compete more effectively. Membership is free.
Cornwall Rural Community Council (CRCC) is a Cornish charity dedicated to working with, and strengthening, Cornish communities; and to supporting vulnerable groups and individuals within them. They run a wide variety of projects across Cornwall for individuals, for groups, and for communities as a whole. Includes support for community enterprise and the voluntary sector.
The Cornwall Sports Partnership (CSP) is a partnership of organisations working together to make sport a part of everyday life in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly including the sectors of health, education, local government, National Governing Bodies of Sport, police and the economy.
We work with our partners to sustain and increase participation in community sport throughout Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly.
Community sport is widely defined and includes informal activity such as recreational walking and cycling, new sports such as skateboarding through to more traditional team sports like rugby and netball.
They stage the Sports Awards, Cornwall Corporate Games, Manage Sports projects like the Healthy Active Lifestyles Project (HALP) provide training, courses and workshops and support for funding.
The Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust is a charitable company committed to making building design and construction as sustainable as possible, with minimal negative impact on the environment, both locally and globally. It aims to assist in the provision of sustainable and affordable housing accommodation within Cornwall, and to act as a source of expert advice. The CSBT has a directory on its website.
CSEP's aim is to create a sustainable energy future for Cornwall and the isles of Scilly by actively integrating sustainable energy into public, private and community sector strategies.
CSEP has created, assisted and delivered projects that utilise energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to address the energy needs of communities and businesses.
The UK's national organisation for the promotion of contemporary crafts. Providing the Crafts Council Development Award, a grant for individual designer-makers who have been in business for less than three years and are based in the UK. Please see the website for more information.
Creative Skills is the professional development organisation for all creative industries practitioners in Cornwall.
The Members Area provides lots more information, downloadable funding and workshop application forms, and regular e-Bulletins.
Dairy Collect is an Objective One funded delegated grant scheme, designed to support infra structure improvements on Cornish dairy farms linked to the rationalisation of milk collection and transportation.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is a government department in the UK.
We cover – we make policy and legislation, and work with others to deliver our policies in - areas such as:
-the natural environment, biodiversity, plants and animals
-sustainable development and the green economy
-food, farming and fisheries
-animal health and welfare
-environmental protection and pollution control
-rural communities and issues.
Although we only work directly in England, we work closely with the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and we generally lead on negotiations in the EU and internationally.
Department for Transport provides leadership across the transport sector to achieve its objectives, working with regional, local and private sector partners to deliver many of the services.
for travel information on various ransport sections please visit http://www.dft.gov.uk/transportforyou/
Primarily for use by health and social care professionals.
Digital Peninsula Network is a member organisation serving Cornwall's rapidly growing community of media and ICT professionals and digital creatives. It also assists traditional businesses with their aspirations to exploit new technology.
Digital Peninsula Network is working in partnership with training providers throughout Cornwall to offer ICT and Digital Media businesses, based in Cornwall, access to the best training available. Whatever the nature of the training you require DPN will work with your business to identify and source the best training to suit your needs.
The Duchy College runs courses in the following areas: agriculture and land use, animal care and veterinary nurse, business studies, childcare, creative studies, conservation, equine studies, floristry, food and drink, foundation studies and life skills, horticulture, landbased engineering, outdoor pursuits, public services, sport.
The Rural Business School combines education, training, business support and applied research for rural industries.
Our educational and developmental programmes range from one-day vocational workshops to foundation degrees in Agriculture, Rural Tourism, and Agri-Food.
Throughout the year the Rural Business School organises a range of courses and training events, and of course if we’re not currently offering what you are looking for, talk to us and we’ll see what we can do…together.
We now run the following nationwide; Open Industry, First Edition, Go4SET, Engineering Education Scheme, Headstart and The Year in Industry. Our schemes target 11-21 year olds and aim to provide a real life exposure to industry, business and higher education. We want to help students make informed choices at key stages in their education.
The Year in Industry provides talented young people with paid, degree relevant work placements in the year out before or during their university course.
The EES is a prestigious work experience scheme. Students get in-depth, hands on experience of engineering, design and research at a professional level, and gain experience of problem solving, team working, presentation skills and project management.
EEF is the organisation for manufacturing, engineering and technology-based businesses.
English Heritage exists to protect and promote England's spectacular historic environment and ensure that its past is researched and understood.
English Heritage has a number of grant schemes designed to help with the protection and promotion of the Historic Environment. For more information on the grants avaialble please visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.1120
They also fund a seriesof community projects, and offer trips for to over 400 sites for educational purposes.
Mid Cornwall Business Centre is managed by
Enterprise Cornwall Ltd and offers
office/workshop units from 130 to 400 sq. ft.
Units are suitable for office, storage and light
industrial, but not for retail use.
Situated between St Austell and Par
(Opposite Cornish Market World)
The Centre also has a conference/training room
available for hire
Government programme dedicated to helping companies become more competitive and more profitable by reducing waste at source. Includes helpline and free counselling visits.
Envision is a partnership of not-for-profit independent environmental support organisations in the South West, offering business cost saving and new markets support.
Equality and Human Rights Commission is the expert body in Great Britain on equality. It is a non-departmental public body (NDPB) established under the Equality Act 2006. The commission is working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society.
The EUbusiness web site is Europe's leading independent online business information service about the European Union - SME news about EU legislation, employment law, the euro, and economic data.
Details of patent information centres and products, patent search engines and index, with a link to Espace which provides a search facility for over 30 million patent documents.
The European Social Fund (ESF) was set up to improve employment opportunities in the European Union and so help raise standards of living. It aims to help people fulfil their potential by giving them better skills and better job prospects.
The ambitions for these economic investment programmes (European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund) are to build on the Objective One Programme success in regenerating the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
See website for funding opportunities.
Exeter Advanced Technologies (X-AT) offers a range of specialised services and facilities to industry in the South West and beyond. We have the expertise to help your company with Product Design and Development, Materials Selection, Analysis and Characterisation, Electronic Design, Manufacture and Testing, Software Development.
X-AT works flexibly with clients, from individual inventors to multi-national corporations, providing solutions from a simple telephone referral to long term research projects.
ECGD, the Export Credits Guarantee Department, is the UK's official Export Credit Agency.
Falmouth marine school offers the following courses: boat building, health and social care, marine studies, light marine engineering, leisure and watersports.
The Federation of Small Businesses is a national organisation of some 200,000 members, some 5,700 within Cornwall. We are a lobbying, support and protection organisation for businesses with less than 250 employees covering incorporated and unincorporated status.
Finance Cornwall is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and works with client businesses in Cornwall and Scilly. It can provide commercial investment as well as loan finance, with clients then able to access part subsidised support for approved business mentors or non executive directors.
Finance Cornwall's three Funds closed for new business, on schedule, at the end of 2008 as did it's subsidy for business support. However a fresh Fund is likely to be available in the future and meanwhile the Fund managers continue to work closely with existing clients.
The Forestry Commission aims to protect and expand Britain's forests and woodlands. It promotes the development and promotion of sustainable forest management. It also runs a number of recreational, regeneration and educational schemes.
In the website you can find a list of tenders in the UK, grant schemes and woodland policies.
The Futurebuilders fund is now closed for new applications
Hundreds of jobs and opportunities for students and graduates in the South West.
The Green Business Network (GBN) is a not-for-profit business support organisation delivering environmental advice to help businesses improve their environmental performance. In some cases, grant funding is available to help implement the suggested changes.
In this website you can get information on all the latest funding schemes to enable SMEs become more environmentally friendly. There is a funding database to find grants, loans and awards available to help your business go green and save on energy bills.
Leaflets on hazards at work (http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/leaflets.htm), details of HSE research and other publications are available on this website. They also conduct and sponsor research, promote training, provide information, and advisory service and submit proposals for new or revised regulations and approved codes of practice.
The Government epartment responsible for the business of the Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise.
The IBC is the professional body for all consultants and business advisers. Designed to raise standards of professional practice in support of better business performance, the Institute provides a development path for the profession, supported by high quality resources and a recognised qualification route.
IBC offers those working or interested in business consulting a dynamic range of products and services, from specialist qualifications to tailored membership packages to those seeking procurement advice.
The Institute of Inventors is a voluntary, non-profit Inventors' Club, run by Professional Engineer Inventors, with help for all Private Inventors - evaluation of new ideas, gadgets and inventions, prototype drawings and development, patent specification, drawings and applications, licensing of intellectual property to maximise Inventors' chances of earning money on Inventions with merit.
The UK Patent Office's official website contains information on registering trademarks, copyright, patents, designs, etc. operates under the name of Intellectual Poroperty Office (IPO).
The website provides clear explanations of all intellectual property-related issues (copyright, designs, patents and trade marks), with links to the relevant authorities.
As the commercial arm of the UK Intellectual Property Office, they help business and publicly funded bodies take decisions about intellectual property (IP).
InvestinCornwall International is Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s inward investment agency for companies based outside of Europe. Invest in Cornwall International aims to assist companies and investors establish where opportunities exist in the county. It provides information to help companies make their decision to move and facilitates the process of setting up new offices, premises and operations.
Invest in Cornwall - UK & EU aims to target and attract inward investment in key sectors through a co-ordinated one stop service for businesses. The service brings together research and support activity for inward investment and promotes a clear and positive image of the county as a place to do business.
Jobline Staffing provide a wide range of temporary and permanent staff to a variety of private and public sector companies across Cornwall and the South West.
Online registration resource for jobseekers and employers.
KEAP are leaders in arts education in Cornwall.
We understand the benefits of creative learning and are passionate about making it happen. We have a long history of working in partnership with cultural organisations, schools and other education providers to enrich the arts curriculum. Our work enables schools to extend their cultural offer through unique arts projects that inspire and excite children and teachers and provide an ongoing legacy of enthusiasm, new skills and increased confidence.
We work with clusters of schools and on county wide projects to give children the best access to the arts. We regularly consult with teachers and arts education professionals and through our detailed knowledge of the sector we develop creative packages that exactly meet your needs. KEAP is a catalyst for cultural learning programmes which support and enhance curriculum activity through the creative arts.
Learn Direct uses modern technologies to make learning available at a time and place to suit the learner - at home, in the workplace and through a national network of learning centres.
Official home of UK legislation as enacted and revised. This website is managed by The National Archives on behalf of HM Government. Publishing all UK legislation is a core part of the remit of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO), part of The National Archives.
The Lesiure Property website has a section on tendering opportunities country-wide. Just visit http://www.leisureproperty.com/tenders.cfm for more details.
The website also contains useful info and news on leisure property in the UK and worldwide.
Lizard Pathways through Department of Working Pension and Skills Funding Agency ESF Convergence funding aims to help jobless people living in Locality 2 Camborne, Pool & Redruth and Locality 3 South Kerrier, Falmouth and Penryn, move closer to, or return to employment. The team employed by Cornwall Developement Company will provide people with individual guidance and support to provide them with the information and skills needed to return to work.
Every year the Lloyds TSB Foundations fund thousands of charities working to tackle disadvantage across England and Wales. Their focus is on supporting small and medium underfunded charities that can make a significant difference to the lives of disadvantaged people by helping them to play a fuller role in the communities of their choice.
Grants are available to support underfunded charitable organisations in England and Wales that improve the lives of people in local communities, especially those who are disadvantaged. Only charitable organistaions are eligible.
Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) provides small and medium-sized UK manufacturing firms with direct access to straightforward advice and practical, hands-on support from manufacturing experts - support that will help them achieve big improvements in their productivity and competitiveness.
Services vary from a free helpline and manufacturing review to training and networking events and subsidised consultancy support. Some services require match funding but initial advice, information and diagnostic assessments are provided free of charge. In-depth assignment/consultancy work subject to a fee structure
The Manufacturing Advisory Service in the South West (MAS-SW) is one of the Government's Solutions for Business, funded by the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
MAS-SW works closely with manufacturers to help improve productivity, reduce carbon emissions, improve competitiveness and support product innovation with a range of services and programmes. Much of the available support is either free or subsidised. Companies can benefit from regional events and access to a manufacturing helpline.
The Marine Management Organisation has a wide range of responsibilities and undertakes delivery functions for Defra in a number of areas.
Fisheries Management - To be a key partner in the management of marine fisheries.
Enforcement - To enforce regulations professionally, consistently and fairly.
Marine Environment - To contribute to the sustainable use of the marine environment.
Information and Advice - To provide specialist information to inform the development of policy and its effective implementation.
Our Organisation - To promote an open, diverse and fair culture in which staff are encouraged to reach their full potential.
They also offer grant support and actual funding, including the European Fisheries Fund and the Fisheries Challenge Fund. See http://www.mfa.gov.uk/grants/grants-fcf.htm for more details
'The National Energy Foundation - Improving the use of energy in buildings'.
NEF helps individuals, businesses and organisations reduce their carbon emissions through the use of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy sources to help combat climate change. It provides information tools and bespoke consultancy to help organisations and businesses reduce their CO2 emissions.
Natural England is working towards the delivery of four strategic outcomes, which together deliver on our purpose to conserve, enhance and manage the natural environment for the benefit of current and future generations.
Their aim is to:
- conserve and enhance England's natural environment;
- inspire people to vaue and conserve the natural environment;
- conduct and help other to conduct a sustainable use and management of the environment;
- secure environmental future.
For funding opportunities visit:
Provides opportunities for women living and working in Cornwall to develop their business skills and contacts through networking. Membership is currently free.
Information on protecting the economic welfare of consumers.
Oxford Innovation has over 15 years experience delivering business support and coaching to companies - from start-ups to SMEs and major corporations. They provide support at all stages of the commercialisation process from technology audit and intellectual property protection, business planning and funding through to resource identification, manufacturing and sales and marketing. In Cornwall they are offering free support to eligible businesses via the Starting a High Growth Business programme and Coaching for High Growth programme.
Will your product survive the environment in which it is expected to work? Product reliability is crucial if you are to maintain customer confidence. Equipment failure can be annoying and costly, and can impact on company credibility. Through a programme of Environmental Testing, products can be subjected to environmental conditions such as: temperature, thermal shock, vibration, mechanical shock, humidity etc. We can determine if your product meets its specification, giving you confidence in your design. In the event of a failure, the failure mode can be analysed and the design enhanced to overcome the problem.
Penwith College Business Centre offers a wide range of services to support the business community of Cornwall. We are committed to providing high quality training and support that is relevant for businesses in today’s competitive world. Through a team of experienced professionals we aim to improve the performance of individuals and organisations through providing a variety of courses, qualifications and business support. We offer a variety of development opportunities including apprenticeships, business skills seminars, business support, customised training, professional qualifications and training needs analysis.
Register of available commercial, retail and industrial properties and land.
Prowess 2.0 is the online centre for women in business. It's where you'll find top-quality information for women who're starting or growing businesses, free Guides, links to local support and networks and helpful online resources.
The Regional Language Network South West promotes language learning and helps regional enterprises by giving free advice and information to exporting businesses.
The site has an online list of individual members of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a UK Diretory of Chartered Architects.
The Rural Business School combines education, training, business support and applied research for rural industries.
Our educational and developmental programmes range from one-day vocational workshops, up to degrees in Agriculture, Rural Tourism and Agri-Food. We’re committed to research and industry, a commitment underpinned by our continuous investment.
The RCP aims to contribute to the development of a sustainable and enhanced Rural Economy and to assist in maintaining and enhancing the well-being of our rural communities, whilst achieving an equitable balance between the competing interest for rural resources in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The Partnership includes all the local authorities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly plus the Voluntary, Community and Private sectors.
The RURAL FOCUS business support service provides rural and farming businesses across the South West with:
• A team of rural business advisers, available locally
• Access to the advice and information your business needs
• Events, seminars, workshops and telephone clinics
• Regular e-news to keep you up-to-date
• And just for farmers: resource efficiency advice (R4F)
The project is funded through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE)
ShellStep is a UK wide programme offering under graduates project based work within small to medium sized business
The Silvanus Trust is committed to regenerating the woodlands in the South West for economic, social and environmental benefits. We have worked for over twenty years, often in partnership with other organisations, statutory and voluntary, to promote and increase the potential of woodlands in the south west to support greater rural economic activity for the benefit of local communities, businesses and the environment. The support includes grant aid, advice, and help with training and skills development. The projects have involved all aspects of forestry including woodland management, timber processing, and community woodland and education activities.
The Skills and Learning Intelligence Module (SLIM) exists to bring information and intelligence on skills and learning to policy makers and practitioners across the South West.
As a 'module' of the South West Observatory, our aim is to enable programmes and projects that promote skills and learning to be informed by the best available evidence.
This site provides access to growing archives of labour market research, networks, data, news and good practice.
Cornwall Council’s Adult Education Service, are building on a track record of quality skills improvement and developing our employer focus, to offer a real alternative to big further education colleges and private providers. We aspire to offer:
- a professional but personal approach based on listening
- quality training designed to meet your needs
- reliably providing what we say we will provide
- training at a time and place to suit you, wherever possible
- trainers who care about your staff as individuals and about the success of your business
- managers who make themselves available to you and want to respond to any problems you have with solutions
All are eligible for Skills for Life and for NVQs those in work either full time, part time or volunteering are eligible. Level 2 and level 3 NVQ courses are £365, unless it is the candidate’s first level 2 in which case this is fully funded. However, these prices are negotiable when a course is undertaken as part of a package of training.
The South West Angel and Investor Network (SWAIN) connects private investors, or 'Business Angels', with companies looking for investment. SWAIN specialises in helping small and medium sized companies to find equity finance, and assists private investors in the South West to search for investment opportunities in businesses with growth potential.
South West Business Finance is a partnership of agencies in the South West of England who are working together to support businesses across the region that need to raise more finance than the bank is able to lend for start up and growth.
There are occasions when businesses can't raise enough finance to put viable plans into action, perhaps due to a lack of track record or security for traditional borrowing. We provide finance to businesses throughout in the South West region where this vital gap funding is needed. Loans of various amounts are available, up to a maximum of £50,000.
We take a partnership approach to finance; working with each other, the banks, and and other funding providers to help put together the finance package your business needs.
We have been designing, developing, managing, monitoring, evaluating, hosting and supporting projects across the food and drink supply chain since 2002.
We have provided strategic management of public project funds for the food and drink sector and have considerable expertise in assessing project applications through a robust appraisal system.
As an independent CIC, we can provide a range of services that are competitively priced.
Our expertise extends from managing small, locally focused projects to providing full back office support and hosting arrangements for major European and National projects.
South West Investment Group - SWIG – is the largest provider of complementary loan finance to small and medium sized businesses in the South West.
South West Screen is the funding and support agency for the cultural and economic development of film, television and digital media in South West England. Funded by the UK Film Council and the South West of England Regional Development Agency, they champion and promote the region's creative industries.
The South West Tourism Alliance is a consortium of tourism bodies across the region, working to support the sustainable development of tourism in the South West.
The site includes information on tourism trends, regional surveys and reports on tourism industry, links to national tourism surveys, sources of funding, sustainability intitiatives and opportunities and customer service and business development training for the tourism industry. Sign up on the website from free monthly updates.
The South West Ventures Fund is a £21 million Regional Venture Capital Fund which supports fast growing SMEs across the South West region. Initial investments can be up to £330,000 with an ability to invest a further £330,000 after six months or more. In certain circumstances, alongside other new investors, the Fund can follow on its investments with up to £2.1 million in total in a single company.
Sportsmatch makes awards to not-for-profit organisations that have secured sponsorship to deliver new community projects to grow or sustain participation in sport.
Sportsmatch uses money from the government to encourage new sponsorship of grassroots community sport. Priority is given to applications seeking to match sponsorship from the commercial sector but donations from private individuals or charitable trusts are also acceptable provided they meet our sponsorship eligibility criteria.
Awards of between £1,000 and £100,000 can be made to match funding from no more than five sponsors, with each sponsor contributing a minimum of £1,000. Sport England funding for the project must be spent by 31 March 2012.
Springboard is the new investment fund created to support the development of innovative ideas that will have a significant impact on the economy of Devon and Cornwall.
The Springboard Fund will consider assisting any organisation in the public, private or voluntary sector to support early stage development, feasibility studies or 'step change' activity. The investment may take the form of either a grant or a loan depending on the type of project and applicant organisation. It is likely that grants will be made to ‘not for profit’ companies and charities and both grants and loans will be considered for commercial ‘for profit’ organisations.
Sustainability South West (SSW) is a not-for-profit organisation which achieved charitable status in October 2004. It acts as the independent champion of sustainable development in the South West of England, raising awareness and providing advice and guidance to accelerate change towards a more sustainable region.
Sustainable Build offers impartial information and advice on building sustainably and how to use eco-friendly construction techniques.
The South West of England Regional Development Agency was established in 1999. Their overall goal is to ensure the long-term economic success of the region. Central to the long-term economic success of South West England will be making sure the region has the right skills among its workforce, the most innovative businesses, and a high quality environment, both physical and cultural.
They provide grants, skills improvement, training, advice and support to all businesses and individuals who contribute to and are shaped by the strategic drivers and objectives set out in the regional economic strategy (RES).
The Taste of the West website allows users to find the information they need for eating, drinking or buying some of the county’s finest food and drink, or about support for food and drink businesses in the South West region.
Tenders in Cornwall is a website which advertises tenders for works and services in Cornwall. These are from both public sector and private organisations and include Cornwall Council, the NHS, Cornwall Development Company, Cornwall College and University College Falmouth. Tenders in Cornwall provides information needed to find and bid for contracts in Cornwall. Registration is free of charge and a "Tender Alerts" email service is available.
The Architectural Heritage Fund is a registered charity founded in 1976 to promote the conservation of historic buildings in the UK. It does this by providing advice, information and financial assistance in the form of grants and low interest working capital loans for projects undertaken by building preservation trust (BPTs) and other charities throughout the UK.
Full details are available on the webiste and at http://www.ahfund.org.uk/finance_addgrants.html
With a property portfolio encompassing many of the UK’s cityscapes, ancient forests, farms, parkland, coastline and communities, The Crown Estate’s role as employer, influencer, manager, guardian, facilitator and revenue creator is unique.
We have two main objectives: to benefit the taxpayer by paying the revenue from our assets directly to the Treasury; and to enhance the value of the estate and the income it generates.
We aim to enhance the skills of our people, working in partnership with others to enable and nurture productive commercial opportunities, to protect vulnerable environments, contribute to communities and enabling social integration – all delivered through a lean, efficient organisation that’s determined to maximise the value of the services it delivers.
Daiwa offers a unique programme to young and talented UK citizens to acquire Japanese language skills, and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals through a supported scholarship. This includes: Tuition and examination fees, travel expenses to and from Japan; maintenance grant to cover accomodation and living costs; and medical insurance.
The European Grants Centre was established in 1991 to advise UK firms and charities on obtaining financial aid from the multitude of schemes now available to them from European, UK Government, and local sources. The Centre is privately-funded, providing free advice and consultancy services on a success-based fee structure.
Our goal is to increase active participation in sport and the arts, especially amongst young people and those with more ability than resources.
We look to support a wide range of activities where there is clearly beneficial impact across the community. Our particular goal at this time is to encourage active participation by young people. Awards are available up to £40,000.
Apart from professional football and horse racing, most socially inclusive sport is considered. Support for the arts covers the widest spectrum of activity.
The Hub is a business network created and run by young business people in Cornwall. The Hub aims to offer networking opportunities to like-minded members of the Cornish business community and provide a link to the established business community. The Hub has over 500 members. Membership to The Hub is free, and offers free entry to our highly successful monthly networking & workshop events.
The Law Society represents solicitors in England and Wales.
Covering Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the Learning and Skills Council Devon and Cornwall is part of a national organisation that is responsible for the provision and management of all post~16 education and training in South West England covering vocational routes, adult and community learning, workforce development and upskilling, education business partnerships and information, advice and guidance.
There are useful links and advice on how to get into education nd how to receive an Adult Learning Grant, apprenticeships, one-to-one advisory sessions, and help employers receive training.
The Local Government Ombudsmen investigate complaints about councils and certain other bodies.
They investigate complaints about most council matters including housing, planning, education and social services.
It is an independent, impartial and free service. The Ombudsmen can investigate complaints about how the council has done something.
The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME) helps unemployed people over the age of fifty set themselves up in business. PRIME offers free information, workshops and support.
The Prince's Trust is a charity. Through practical support including training, mentoring and financial assistance, it helps 14-30 year olds realise their potential and transform their lives.
The activities include:
The Business Programme - provides money and support to help young people start up in business.
The Team Programme - a 12-week personal development course, offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week.
Get Intos - short courses offering intensive training and experience in a specific sector to help young people get a job.
Development Awards - small grants to enable young people to access education, training or work.
Community Cash Awards - grants to help young people set up a project that will benefit their community.
xl clubs - for 14-16 year olds who are at risk of truanting, exclusion and underachievement a say in their education. They aim to improve attendance, motivation and social skills
Award to UK companies for outstanding innovative achievements by demonstrating commercial success through innovative products or services. The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are the UK's most prestigious awards for business performance. Winners receive a range of benefits including worldwide recognition and extensive press coverage.
The Awards are presented in three categories: International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development, and are open to all business units that meet the entry criteria.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – RICS – is a membership organisation for professionals involved in land, property, construction and environmental issues.
The Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) works across all sectors of the UK seafood industry to promote good quality, sustainable seafood.
The Training Group - the easy to search web site providing you with access to a range of business training provided locally in the South West.
The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) is an executive agency of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
It compiles and maintain the business rating and council tax valuation lists for England and Wales; it also provides statutory and non-statutory property valuation services in England, Wales and Scotland.
The website enables users to look up rateable values of properties.
The Works Dance and Theatre Cornwall provides support, advice and information to individuals and companies involved in dance and theatre in Cornwall, including youth dance and youth theatre activities. They want dance and theatre practitioners to be able to develop their ideas and work, and audiences to have the chance to experience the best that the performing arts have to offer.
TAG offers a dedicated professional, independent and impartial information, advice and guidance service to employers, employees and individuals on matters relating to workforce development, their individual learning and skills needs and the opportunities available to them.
Some of the services they offer:
Undertake a TNA – an assessment of your company’s training needs if they have not already been identified.
Develop a Company Training Plan linked to your business objectives
Introduce you to the concept of developing Individual Learning Plans with your employees
Collation of information on training provision, methods and costs, appropriate to your requirements.
An awareness of possible funding sources and support you with making their application(s).
Signposting to other services potentially available to you and your employees.
Triodos Bank finances companies, institutions and projects that add cultural value and benefit people and the environment, with the support of depositors and investors who want to encourage corporate social responsibility and a sustainable society.
Jobcentre Plus is a government agency supporting people of working age from welfare into work, and helping employers to fill their vacancies. It is part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and plays a major role in supporting the Department’s aim to ‘promote opportunity and independence for all through modern, customer-focused services’.
Truro and Penwith College is a tertiary college of further education (14 - 19). It is also a significant provider of university level programmes of study in a wide range of academic and professional areas.
Truro and Penwith College is one of the best colleges in the UK. Modern, purpose built campuses provide excellent facilities and resources for an amazing variety of subjects. Join students from across Cornwall in our friendly environment for the highest quality education.
Truro and Penwith College Business Centre offers a wide range of services to support the business community of Cornwall. We are committed to providing high quality training and support that is relevant for businesses in today’s competitive world. Through a team of experienced professionals we aim to improve the performance of individuals and organisations through providing a variety of courses, qualifications and business support. We offer a variety of development opportunities including apprenticeships, business skills seminars, business support, customised training, professional qualifications and training needs analysis.
They provide application services across a range of subject areas and modes of study for UK universities and colleges. Theirspecialist services, the Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR), the UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service (UKPASS) and the Conservatoires UK Admissions Service (CUKAS) are used by more than 50,000 people every year.
Their aim is to help students make informed choices about higher education, guiding them, their parents and advisers through the application process.
They also carry out research, consultancy and advisory work for schools, colleges, careers services, professional bodies and employers. We also offer continuing professional development tailored to meet the needs of individual institutions or subject areas. This ensures a long-term commitment to improving admissions processes across the industry.
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the UK Government's international business development organisation. It works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets and encourages the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice.
The International Trade Team for the South West provide a range of services to businesses including help for novice exporters as well as more in depth assistance for experienced exporters, market intelligence and market research services. Financial support is also available to suitable companies to help with the costs of trade visits and attending overseas trade shows. The team also provide various training courses and a consultancy service.
The UCP project seeks to measurably improve the efficiency, competitiveness and growth potential of SME's in Cornwall through the placement of graduates in companies to undertake business development projects.
With the help of Convergence funding they can provide training, mentoring and up to a £6,000 wage subsidy towards the salary of your graduate and provide assistance with other project costs.
VisitCornwall (Cornwall Tourist Baord)is the official tourism body for Cornwall. Our website has information on where to stay and what to do for a great holiday in Cornwall, plus information for Members on services for business and advertising opportunities.
Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) – Government funded organisation working in partnership seeking to develop new markets for recycled materials to help businesses and the general public to reduce waste, to use more recycled material, and recycle more things more often. Provides business support services aimed at addressing the needs of the recycling sector.
There is funding avaialbale to support businesses' waste processing towards recycling - and at times other projects - and tender opportunities in the recycling industry and promotion.
The West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) is a membership trade association that champions and supports the interests of the aerospace and defence industry in the South West of England. WEAF collaborates with partners like UKTI to provide critical support services such as export and marketing opportunities at major international trade exhibitions.
YTKO is a consultancy specialising in business growth: for start-ups and SMEs and for larger companies seeking expansion opportunities. It is a privately-owned company established in 1979, headquartered in Cambridge, UK and working internationally. In Cornwall, YTKO deliver the Partner to Succeed Business Collaboration Networks programme and Outset Cornwall.