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Discover a diverse talent pool – and propel your business to new heights.
Leading universities and unique work/life opportunities attract a wealth of talent to Cornwall.
Finance to help you reach your potential.
Securing financial support is a challenge every business goes through. But in Cornwall, you won’t face the challenge alone.

Dedicated support institutions to help you find finance

Discover a broad range of specialist advisors that can help you find and secure the finance you need.

Local debt and equity finance options

Cornwall’s businesses have big ambitions.

That’s why funds like the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund offer debt and equity finance support to help businesses reach their potential.

A hotspot for angel investors

Whether you need additional funds to kickstart your business, or you’re looking to move to your next growth stage, Cornwall had a wide range of angel investment opportunities to help you.

Access dedicated funds – designed to accelerate your business.
Discover the funds and organisations that are fuelling innovation and shaping Cornwall’s evolving business landscape.

Grow faster with funding and grants tailored to you

Whether you’re looking for funding to launch your business, or you need additional support reaching your next growth stage, Cornwall is full of unique funding support opportunities:

Dedicated grants and funding for specific sectors

Cornwall is a hive of innovation for numerous sectors – and often, that’s thanks to the funding offered by the region’s support institutions.

Sector-specific support

With a dedicated fund of €438 million allocated for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the European Regional Development Fund supports investment projects for a wide range of sectors.

From agritech to aerospace, Cornwall has the funds to support your innovation goals.

The services, speeds and spaces your business needs to lead the world.
From transport connections to superfast broadband connections, Cornwall’s infrastructure is designed to help businesses operate on a global scale.
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Cornish Lithium finds “globally significant” lithium grades in geothermal waters and prepares for work on pilot plant

Cornish Lithium Ltd. (‘Cornish Lithium’ or ‘the Company’), an innovative mineral exploration company exploring for lithium and other battery metals in the South West of the UK, is pleased to announce results from preliminary sampling of lithium in deep geothermal waters at the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project near Redruth, Cornwall. Initial results indicate […]

Marine-i supports development of innovative platform for floating offshore wind construction

A platform designed to aid in the building and launching of floating wind turbines is being researched and tested with support from Marine-i. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is designed to help the marine tech sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly grow through harnessing the full potential of research […]

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New service gives farmers and food producers real-time alerts about their operations

A specialist agri-tech business based in Cornwall, has introduced a new service to give farmers and food producers access to real-time alerts about their operations.  With the ability to alert when action needs to be taken on everything from water leaks to temperature fluctuations in cold food storage, it has the potential to save significant […]

Growth on the agenda for Glas Data with £141K support from CIOSIF

Cornish agri-tech business Glas Data has received £141K funding to help deliver growth, as it continues to develop its universal dashboard to make data management easier for farmers and food producers. The equity funding comes from the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF). Glas Data has developed GlasCore, a simple to use dashboard […]

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Kickstart grant scheme

The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Kickstart Grant Scheme will open for applications from local businesses at 10am on Wednesday 2nd September.  The grant aims to help businesses in their COVID-19 recovery and applicants will have to provide details of how they have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.  Grants of up to £5000 will […]

Job opportunities in the Great South West

Check out these new job opportunities supporting businesses in the Great South West area, covering Cornwall, Dorset and the Heart of the South West: https://www.businesswest.co.uk/careers/job-opportunities

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Marine-i calls for new collaborations to develop Floating Offshore Wind

Marine-i is calling for Expressions of Interest from businesses who want to participate in the development of Floating Offshore Wind (FLOW) in the Celtic Sea. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is designed to help the marine tech sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly grow through harnessing the full potential […]

Innovate UK Smart Grant for British Lithium

Roche-based British Lithium Limited (BLL) has been awarded £500,000 of match grant funding from the government to progress its research and development of hard rock lithium extraction in the St Austell area of Cornwall. With an application success rate of around 6 per cent, the Innovate UK Smart Grant is a highly sought-after award and […]

Windracers chooses Cornwall for flight testing ULTRA aircraft

Thanks to funding provided by Cornwall Development Company, Windracers Ltd ran a trial of their twin engine, fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), named ULTRA from 13th to 15th November at St Merryn Airfield in North Cornwall. Windracers is a non-profit organisation that provides transport services to the humanitarian aid, research and environmental protection communities using UAV’s. The […]

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Newquay PR Agency Achieves Coveted B-Corp Certification

Newquay based PR agency, Voice Communications, has just been awarded the coveted B-Corp certification. The certification shines a spotlight on Voice as part of a new wave of global businesses, committed to balancing the triple bottom line (people, planet and profit), whilst striving to make the world a better place. Joining a growing community of […]

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Launceston’s Email Hippo wins a Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Local Launceston company, Email Hippo, has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category for 2020. Announced today, Email Hippo has been recognised for its excellence in Innovation for it’s email verification software as a service product, MORE.  Employing eight people, Email Hippo was set up in 2015 and helps companies fight fraudulent […]

Success for Strongbow Exploration & Cornish Lithium

Strongbow Exploration Inc. is pleased to report the discovery of a new zone of high grade copper-tin mineralisation located between the historic United Mine and Consolidated Mines at Strongbow’s United Downs exploration project, Cornwall UK. The discovery was made in drill hole GWDD-002, drilled by Cornish Lithium. Cornish Lithium has the right to explore Strongbow’s mineral […]

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3WhiteHats awarded Top 5 in UK’s ‘Best Places to Work’

Cornwall-based digital marketing agency 3WhiteHats has been named among the top five places to work in the UK. Campaign Magazine, one of the UK’s leading media publications, has ranked 3WhiteHats in 5th place for ‘Best Places to Work 2020’ overall, as well as number three on its list of the ‘Best Small Places to Work’. […]

Meet the Cornwall contingent attending PDAC

Meet the businesses who are alongside Cornwall Trade & Investment at PDAC, helping to showcase the depth of Cornwall’s mining industry: Cornish Lithium is a highly innovative mineral exploration and development company focused on the environmentally sustainable extraction of lithium from geothermal brines in the historic mining district of Cornwall, UK. The company has secured agreements with the […]

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Cornwall’s mining potential goes on show in Canada

This week, Cornwall Trade and Investment will lead a trade delegation to Toronto, showcasing Cornwall’s polymetallic mining resources and mining services sector at the mining industry’s premier convention – PDAC 2020. In 2019 the Department for International Trade launched Cornwall’s mining sector as one of the UK ‘High Potential Opportunities’ at PDAC. Building on this, a […]

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Spaceport Cornwall and Space Engine Systems agree future partnership

Spaceport Cornwall, the UK’s horizontal satellite launch site, and Canadian based aerospace and space company Space Engine Systems, has signed a MoU to identify opportunities for future collaboration. Spaceport Cornwall the UK’s first horizontal launch site will offer from 2021 rapid, low cost, resilient and safe access to space and multi-fuel propulsion test facilities for […]

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Bluefruit becomes the 1st employee owned tech company in Cornwall

Cornwall’s fastest-growing tech company, Bluefruit Software, has just become the first tech company in Cornwall to change to an Employee Owned business with the formation of an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT). Employees are now the principal shareholders in the company, with a 51% stake and a say in governance. The EOT’s board of trustees has […]

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From Cornwall to Mexico: the success story of Duesday

Duesday, a Cornwall-based FinTech start-up, is already making a big impact abroad as it begins to export its services, with new investment and sales in Mexico. Cornwall is an ideal location for businesses aspiring to succeed and grow across the world. There are more opportunities for Cornish businesses to export their services than ever before […]

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What happened when 7 businesses attended SLUSH with CTI?

In November, seven businesses from Cornwall visited Slush, the world’s leading startup event, alongside Cornwall Trade and Investment. The event took place over November 21st – 22nd in Helsinki, Finland and attracted over 25,000 forward-thinking individuals and groups, including more than 3,500 startups and 2,000 investors. The event explored the latest in tech, sustainable impact, […]

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Cornwall is shining a spotlight on the screen sector at FOCUS

This week Cornwall Trade & Investment are attending FOCUS, a production show on 3rd & 4th December at The Business Design Centre, London. Billed as ‘The Meeting Place for International Production’, the event attracts thousands of professionals from the creative screen industries for two days of networking and global production intelligence. Supported by Cornwall Trade […]

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Ride the new wave of Cornish mining

Our region’s mining history is the stuff of legend. But whether you’re seeking to invest in high-tech metal exploration, or to join a cluster of international mining services businesses, the biggest opportunities lie ahead. Cornwall Trade & Investment will be showcasing this at Mines and Money, a mining event in London.  Three key reasons to […]

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Cornwall business breaks the US market then turns focus to launch at home

Trusted by nearly 60,000 women around the world, MUTU System offers evidence-based exercises to improve pelvic and abdominal symptoms from ‘baby belly’ or diastasis recti to embarrassing leaks, painful sex or prolapse symptoms. The MUTU System programme is a Web App accessible via any smart phone, tablet or computer. Cornish mum of two Wendy Powell […]

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CTI are heading to SLUSH – Do you want to join us?

CTI are heading to SLUSH – the world’s leading startup event – taking place on the 21-22nd  November in Helsinki, Finland.  With over 25,000 attendees, 4,000 startups & 2,000 investors it’s an excellent opportunity to network, make deals and secure investment and we want Cornwall’s businesses to experience all that Slush has to offer too. […]

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Cornwall’s largest game studio sets out plans for massive growth

Following its recent acquisition by Toadman Interactive, Antimatter Games is gearing up for unprecedented growth. MD Rich Barham explains what this means for Cornwall’s largest games studio – and why he wouldn’t be based anywhere else. Released to overwhelmingly positive critical and player reviews, Rising Storm 2: Vietnam was among 2017’s most celebrated online multi-player […]

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Cornish businesses set to benefit from closer ties with New Zealand

A new agreement between Cornwall and the Waikato region of New Zealand opens up opportunities for Cornwall-based businesses looking to trade in the Asia-Pacific region. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 29th July 2019 between Cornwall Trade & Investment (CTI), the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, and the Waikato Chamber of Commerce. It paves […]

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Nordic healthtech innovator starts its UK journey in Cornwall with help from CTI & Kernow Health CIC

Throughout the world, the UK’s NHS is seen as the gold standard for delivering healthcare at a national level – and that makes it an attractive prospect for companies looking to make a difference using healthtech. But, even for the best and brightest innovators, the journey to becoming a supplier to the NHS is a […]

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Launching Screen Cornwall: an agency to develop Cornwall as a hub for film, TV & Digital Creativity

A new screen agency, designed to develop Cornwall as a leading rural hub for film, TV and digital technologies, is being set up to build on its reputation for creative talent. Cornwall Council along with the Cornwall and Isle of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership are proud to be two of the founding partners of the […]

Meet 20 women leading the way in Cornwall’s tech sector

From VR and AR games to embedded software and innovations in health technology, Cornwall’s tech sector is buzzing – and women are behind many of the developments. As we’re exhibiting at the UK’s Women in Technology conference, we’d like to shine a light on 20 women whose ideas, initiatives and drive are helping to make […]

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Looking Beyond London – Exploring Cornwall’s Growing Tech Scene

Cornwall Trade and Investment, alongside Cornwall based tech businesses Bluefruit, Headforwards and Everest Media will be exhibiting at the Women of Silicon Roundabout event at the ExCel, London on the 25th & 26th June. As part of the exhibition we will be hosting a panel discussion on the 26th June, 11.30 am – 12 noon, […]

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Cornwall aims to showcase tech expertise and Women of Silicon Roundabout event, London

On the 25 and 26 June, Cornwall Trade and Investment will be exhibiting at the Women of Silicon Roundabout event and will be joined by some of Cornwall’s leading tech businesses including Headforwards, Bluefruit Software and Everest Media. Held at the ExCeL centre, London, the exhibition attracts over 6,000 people from across Europe, bringing together […]

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Artificial intelligence start-up searches for the perfect home, settles in Cornwall

Truro is a long way from home for New Zealand tech start-up SimSage, but company founders Sean Wilson and Peter de Vocht say it’s the perfect place for the early-stage company. According to Wilson and de Vocht, Cornwall offers a unique opportunity for the New Zealand AI/Search company to grow into the UK market. “Cornwall […]

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Leading the New Space Age: Funding secured for Spaceport Cornwall Take-off

UK will play a leading role in the new space age, with new support for domestic satellite launch capability, space weather forecasting, and a National Space Council, the UK Government announced today. Up to £20 million could be made available from national and local government, subject to business case, for Spaceport Cornwall and Virgin Orbit as […]

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Find out who are the finalists for the Cornwall Business Awards 2019

The finalists for the Cornwall Business Awards 2019 have been revealed, featuring 38 businesses from Liskeard to Penzance and covering a wide range of sizes and sectors. Helston based children’s clothing company Frugi and leading software specialists Bluefruit Software are in the running for two awards whilst Kernow Fires lead the way in the people […]

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Goodfest: The creatives on the beach festival

Creatives from around the country gathered in Cornwall last week for a new annual festival aimed at inspiring the minds of the creative and the curious. Held at the Bedruthan Hotel, Mawgan Porth, Goodfest explored how to develop impactful ideas “to drive lasting environmental and social change”. Key note speaker was Eden Project founder Sir […]

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Flying the flag for Cornwall’s Marine tech

Director of  Unmanned Survey Solutions, James Williams has been invited to attend the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston Texas as an ambassador for Cornwall Trade and Investments who are attending the event alongside the Energy Industries Council. The Offshore Technology Conference, Texas It‘s the 50th anniversary of this prestigious event held in Houston, Texas from 6-9th May 2019. It’s […]

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Cornwall: Your launchpad for global business success

Take a look across the rolling hills and winding coastline of Cornwall and you’d be forgiven if the fast-paced worlds of technological innovation and business growth aren’t the first things that pop into your mind. But scratch the surface and you’ll find something very different – a highly-connected environment that’s set up to support and […]

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Kernow Health CIC supercharges Cornish healthtech innovation with new ‘sandbox’ offering

In the world of healthtech, there’s a serious hurdle that can prevent even the most inspired innovations from reaching the hands of practitioners and patients – testing and evidencing how something will practically perform once its deployed. In the past, it’s been a classic catch 22 situation – solutions remain unproven because they’ve not been […]

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A look inside some of Cornwall’s most inspiring workspaces

Cornwall is a great place to work. With beautiful, inspiring surroundings and plenty of space to do whatever it is you do best, you’re sure to find somewhere that suits you both personally and professionally. There are a huge range of business premises available in the region – from historic converted buildings inspired by Cornwall’s […]

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Launching Goodfest: The creative festival for good

Goodfest, a new annual festival aimed at inspiring the minds of the creative and curious, will launch for the first time in May 2019. Held at Bedruthan Hotel in North Cornwall between Wednesday 1st – Thursday 2nd May 2019, the festival will play host to inspiring talks and workshops from the best of the South […]

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The new Picasso? Meet Ai-Da the robot artist, designed in Cornwall

Can robots be creative? British gallery owner Aidan Meller hopes to go some way towards answering that question with Ai-Da, who her makers say will be able to draw people from sight with a pencil in her bionic hand. Meller is overseeing the final stages of her construction by engineers at Cornwall based Engineered Arts. […]

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Cornwall’s mining investment and export potential showcased to global investors

The potential for Cornwall in South West England to be a global resource for mining operations, including high-technology metals is being showcased at the world’s premier mineral exploration and mining convention this week (March 4). Cornwall Trade & Investment has been invited to attend PDAC (Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada) 2019 Convention in Toronto […]

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Five surprising benefits of doing business in Cornwall

We all know about the beautiful countryside, the lifestyle opportunities and the stunning coastline – but Cornwall has so much more to offer than that. Once businesses arrive and begin working here, a huge wealth of benefits become clear – many of which the companies never anticipated. Here are five surprising benefits that businesses new […]

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Cornwall based Goonhilly Earth Station enters stratospheric partnership with Australian Space Agency

Satellite communications innovator and space gateway Goonhilly Earth Station today announced that it has inked a partnership agreement with the Australian Space Agency to collaborate and create new opportunities in the space economy in Australia, the UK and beyond. The new statement of strategic intent and cooperation aims to help progress the Australian space sector and make the […]

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Find out why the UK’s leading crowdfunding website loves being in Cornwall

Crowdfunder is the UK’s leading crowdfunding platform and a real Cornish success story. The company, which now employs 30 staff, has raised more than £50 million for more than 16,000 projects across the country. The company’s mission is to ‘change the world by making good ideas a reality’. Crowdfunder is achieving all of this from […]

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Cornwall: A Living History of Innovation

Today, Cornwall is home to a huge range of inspired innovators and creators, leading progress across many industries – but for us, that’s nothing new. Innovation is in the region’s DNA, and has been for centuries. From rail travel to transatlantic communication, world-changing ideas have been born in Cornwall. It’s something we’re immensely proud of, […]

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Meet the Harley Street Practice with a 2nd location in Cornwall

London Pain Clinic: remote admin support for the UK’s leading pain consultants One healthcare business already benefiting from a second location in Cornwall is London Pain Clinic. This Harley Street clinic is home to some of the UK’s leading pain medicine consultants, who manage chronic pain for patients across Europe, the UK and the world. […]

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Invest in Cornwall rebrands to Cornwall Trade & Investment

Invest in Cornwall rebrands to Cornwall Trade & Investment as it prepares to provide Cornwall based businesses with export support.  For over a decade, Invest in Cornwall has worked to challenge the perceptions of Cornwall as a business destination and promote Cornwall as a credible place to do business. The project has been dedicated to […]

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Our Cornish Growth Story: Radix Communications

Penryn-based Radix Communications is one of Cornwall’s great recent success stories. Established in 2007 by Managing Director Fiona Campbell-Howes, the company has grown from being a single writer working from home in Penryn, to being one of the world’s largest teams of dedicated B2B copywriters. You can learn more about the company and what they […]

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Business Expansion: Why King’s Service Centre chose Cornwall to grow

What do companies look for in a new business location? For some, it’s all about lower operating costs. For others, it’s the opportunity to tap into specialist talent pools and knowledge networks. And for forward-thinking businesses, it could be the chance to give employees a better quality of life in a beautiful natural environment. Few […]

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Meet the collaborative communities at the heart of Cornwall’s businesses

Cornwall is home to an incredible business community. There’s something about the region and its spirit that makes business leaders far more interested in collaborating than competing. When you arrive in a new location, it’s good to know people – and no matter which industry you’re in, you’ll find a friendly, connected and valuable group […]

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Cornwall’s Startup Ecosystem: An incubator for innovation

Cornwall is home to a huge number of small businesses and startups. There seems to be something about the environment and community that inspires people to turn their great ideas into realities and press forward with exciting concepts for new businesses. But their success can’t solely be attributed to intelligent entrepreneurship, peer support and inspiration. […]

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How TIGERX is selling dreams around the world from Hayle

Who are TigerX? TIGERX is a visualisation studio, creating bespoke CGI / VR imagery and video for their clients. “What we’re doing is create advertising imagery really. The difference is that CGI is our tool. It’s about selling the dream.” TIGERX was born in Hayle after Dougie Cross and his wife came to Cornwall on […]

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Meet Avanti, the telecoms company bringing rural businesses into the 21st century

Avanti provides satellite internet to communities left out of the superfast broadband revolution. Not only does the company, which employs 50 staff at its Operational site at Goonhilly Earth Station on The Lizard, help give businesses access to fast and reliable internet connections in rural Cornwall but it is conquering new markets in the Middle […]

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Cornwall: A Connected Marine Cluster

When it comes to the Marine sector, Cornwall is very well connected. There are strong cluster specialisms encompassing hydrographic, engineering, offshore wind turbines, research and aquaculture. Whilst the marine sector is currently worth £500 million to Cornwall’s economy, that’s about a quarter of what tourism brings every year, the off shore wind turbine market globally […]

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Cornwall will welcome new direct flights to Heathrow from April 2019

Cornwall’s access to the global marketplace after Brexit has been given a huge boost with the announcement that new direct flights between Cornwall Airport Newquay and London Heathrow will begin from April 2019. The news was revealed by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling in the House of Commons this morning. As part of the new Public […]

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Cornwall & Isles of Scilly No1 in UK for growth in scaleups

The number of high growth businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is growing at a faster rate than any other part of the UK, according to a major new report. The Annual ScaleUp Review, published by the ScaleUp Institute, shows that growth in the average number of scaleup businesses in Cornwall and Scilly per 100,000 […]

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Find out why Cornwall is a great destination for tech businesses

Working from wherever you like, whenever suits you best. As recently as a decade ago it felt like an impossible dream reserved for the partially-retired or ultra-successful entrepreneurs. Today however, it’s the reality for a huge number of people. Empowered by flexible technology and digital collaboration tools, a massive volume of digital jobs can now […]

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Welcoming some of Cornwall’s new businesses

The Cornish business community is constantly growing. With a huge range of advantages and opportunities appealing to diverse companies across a broad number of sectors, we’re always welcoming exciting and innovative businesses to the region. When a new company arrives in Cornwall, we see more than just a new neighbour – we see new possibilities […]

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How Cornwall is riding the marine tech wave

When it comes to all things marine; from harnessing its energy, leading the fight against the global plastic scourge strangling our oceans to fishing, marine science and robot boats, Cornwall is definitely a world leader. The Duchy’s strong maritime heritage, new technologies, plenty of can-do attitude and engineering talents, are helping the region’s marine technology […]

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Cornwall based Crowdfunder launches C-Space

Newquay is set to boast a new tech, food and community space with a unashamed vision to create new jobs and economic growth for the whole county. Crowdfunder, the Cornwall Food Foundation (which manages the Fifteen Cornwall restaurant and apprentice chef programme at Watergate Bay) and the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) (which has a track record for developing […]

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Take your place in a growing collaborative community

Onen hag oll. One and all. It’s Cornwall’s historic motto, and it’s one we still live and work by today. Things work better when we all work together. So, when a new business arrives in the region, we see new opportunities for collaboration – not new competition. From regular networking events to open idea sharing, […]

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Cornwall: A gateway to the UK and beyond for Nordic Healthcare Innovators

Cornwall, health technology and the Nordics Moving into a new country or territory can be a huge challenge no matter which industry you’re in. But, for healthcare tech innovators that have pioneered solutions designed to solve the challenges faced in their domestic markets, branching out into the wider world can be extremely daunting. The key […]

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Talent in Cornwall

Today’s employees expect their workplace to be a good cultural fit, dynamic and inspiring with a purposeful focus that benefits both their business and society. For businesses based in Cornwall, the balance of work and play is part of their DNA – recognising that personal development and a healthy lifestyle is integral to retaining a […]

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Workspace in Cornwall

A dynamic hub of innovation and invention, Cornwall is the home of entrepreneurs, freelancers, start-ups, small businesses and large enterprises all making the most of the region’s stunning, practical locations. Cornwall’s wealth of diverse work environments offers multiple opportunities for businesses to develop independently or as part of vibrant like-minded clusters. Businesses positioned in an […]

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How Cornwall based charity, Cool Earth, is using tech to change the world for the better

You may not associate digital technology with charities, and non-government organisations trying to save the Amazon rain forest, help those who have lost everything in some of the worst disaster zones around the world or reducing the amount plastic that ends up in our ocean. However the role these charities play in making the world a better […]

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Business expansion: Why businesses are choosing Cornwall

For organisations considering expanding to a new location, Cornwall has a huge amount to offer. In this article, three companies who have expanded into the region talk about the many reasons to choose it as a secondary business location, including: A strong and growing talent pool in IT, healthcare and customer service Highly attractive commercial […]

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Top ten reasons to locate your business in Cornwall

1. Superfast Connectivity The Superfast Cornwall programme was set up in 2011 and has since become the blueprint for Superfast Broadband in the UK. One of the best-connected places in the world, over 95% of Cornwall is covered by fibre broadband, including over 30% Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) connectivity, bringing speeds up to 330mbps. This makes Cornwall […]

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Cornwall: A place to work, a place to live

Today, we want more from life than just a 9 to 5 job. We want to work and live somewhere that offers us the lifestyle we desire. Somewhere we wake up and choose to be every single day. Somewhere that fundamentally, makes us happy. As working patterns shift and highly-connected technology keeps us switched on […]

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Cornwall businesses who are about to change the way you bank forever

The Fintech sector may be an emerging sector in Cornwall, and not as developed as gaming or software development, but the companies here are putting the region on a world stage – and that’s just the beginning. Fintech businesses use new technologies to ‘create new and better financial services for both consumers and businesses’. Nationally […]

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Drone operator UAVAid to launch first UAS flight from Cornwall Airport Newquay

Aerospace Cornwall announced today it has partnered with Drone operator UAVAid to launch the first UAS flight from Cornwall Airport Newquay at a capability event in May 2019. UAVAid will showcase its humanitarian Hansard drone platform at the event, the first UAS flight from Cornwall Airport Newquay.  This UK developed drone is designed to fundamentally […]

The Cornwall doctor with a plan to save the NHS millions

A Cornwall tech start-up has developed software that it believes could save the NHS millions and reduce the pressure on stressed nurses. Digital health is a topic NHS bosses in Cornwall and Devon have been working on since 2015 when the Government launched a consultation paper requiring local health and care systems to produce digital roadmaps for a paper-free […]

Satellite launch operator Skyrora chooses Cornwall for first rocket engine test

Launch operator Skyrora has announced that it will begin its engine testing programme at Cornwall Airport Newquay’s rocket test facility in Q4 this year. The site will be an operational Spaceport by 2021. The event is expected to be the first liquid engine test by a British small-satellite launcher to take place in the UK […]

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Marine Hub Cornwall

No other region in the world is better located for the development of marine technology and marine renewables. Set between the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Cornwall is right at the heart of the vibrant and fast-growing European marine sector. That’s why we call it the ‘marine hub’. With its pivotal location, outstanding facilities, […]

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Cornwall’s Future Energy Economy

We are moving towards a new decade where dramatic shifts in the ways we work, consume and communicate will move at an increasingly fast pace due to accelerated technological change.  Next generation economies will be shaped by digital advancement, renewable energy systems, space technology and businesses based around technological collaboration and trust.  The traditional carbon […]

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Clerkenwell Design Week: Our highlights

Day 1 Sir Tim Smit, Eden Project founder. Tim captivated the audience from the moment he started talking, the ultimate storyteller. Presenting to a full room, Tim led us on an creative journey through time and provided an insightful glimpse into what it takes to create and build something like the Eden Project – an […]

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Moving to Cornwall

Is it really possible to live the dream lifestyle in Cornwall? What’s it like to run a business in the southwestern corner of the UK? What kind of business support is available? Here are some reasons why Cornwall has the right environment for businesses to prosper and succeed: Is the pristine Cornish lifestyle a reality? […]

Cornwall’s fast-growing tech sector highlighted in national report

Cornwall’s fast-growing tech sector has once again been singled out for its “impressive growth” in this year’s Tech Nation report, the annual survey of the UK’s tech economy. The report, published today (17th May), says Cornwall’s digital connectivity, quality of life and helpful tech community were key strengths and meant the sector’s impressive growth of […]

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Clerkenwell Design Week – #CDW2018

There’s a tangible connection between work-life balance and our ability to generate inventive, inspired ideas that promote career and business success. How much do you agree with this statement? Providing the right balance between work and life for employees is often cited as one of the reasons businesses can attract and retain talent. And with […]

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Goonhilly lands £24m investment enabling global expansion

Investment in Goonhilly Earth Station will include building a private global deep space network Following the recent £8.4m contract win from the European Space Agency, Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd has secured its second phase investment of £24m. Joining the growing club of billionaires such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and Greg Wyler who […]

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Cornwall: Home for the digital nomad?

In case you missed last night’s airing of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Out of Office: The Rise of the Digital Nomad’, you can catch up on the episode here. Jonty Bloom, Business Correspondent for the BBC travelled the world to find out if digital nomads could represent the future of work. We know there is an […]

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Marine Hub Cornwall agrees new collaboration with Marine Energy Wales

Marine Hub Cornwall, which was set up to help grow the marine industry in the county and to promote its world-class marine capabilities, has formally agreed a new collaboration with Marine Energy Wales. Funded by the Welsh Government, Marine Energy Wales aims to make the country a global leader in marine renewable energy. The two […]

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Aerohub Business Park Takes Off

An exciting Aerohub Business Park expansion worth £7.4 million formally began in Newquay today. Representatives from the project’s partnership gathered at the site to the south of Cornwall Airport Newquay to celebrate the occasion by “breaking the ground” on the construction phase of the project. The up and coming development aims to generate high wage […]

Springer Marketing
Springer Marketing

Cornwall Trade and Investment’s Business Engagement Manager, Abi Rule, caught up with Mike and Gemma Turner, Directors of newly located business – Springer Marketing, to find out their reasons for moving to Cornwall: Can you tell us a bit about your company? Springer Marketing is a Digital Marketing company. Our primary aim is to generate […]

Goonhilly
SSTL and Goonhilly Earth Station Sign Collaboration Agreement with ESA for Commercial Lunar Missions

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), Goonhilly Earth Station (GES) and the European Space Agency (ESA) signed a collaboration agreement for Commercial Lunar Mission Support Services at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs on 17th April, 2018. This innovative commercial partnership for exploration between ESA, GES and SSTL aims to develop a European lunar telecommunications […]

Nick Dixon in a suit at the Radix communications office.
Introducing Launchpad

What is Launchpad? Launchpad is a graduate incubation and acceleration programme designed to build new high growth businesses to meet market demand in just 12 months. How is the programme funded? The programme is part funded by the ESIF (European Social Investment Fund) with match funding from Cornwall Council. Why was Launchpad created? The Launchpad […]

Green grass on a field in Cornwall.
The Importance of Transparency

Last week CNBC published an article and video footage about ‘How Cornwall is preparing for life outside of the EU’- you can have a read (or a watch) here. Brexit: the big elephant in the room. Many of us are tired of reading speculation about what may, or may not happen when we leave the […]

Cornwall Trade and Investment team at the Regions of the Future Awards.
Cornwall ranks 2nd in the fDi’s European Cities and Regions of the Future awards 2018/19

Traditionally, Cornwall has been known as a quaint holiday destination. But its public image of sea shells, sandcastles, and second homes belies the tech industry revolution bubbling under its surface. Cornwall Trade and Investment is Cornwall Council’s dedicated inward investment function,  delivered on behalf of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (CIoS […]

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Cornwall launches an exciting range of investment propositions backed by £600million Cornwall Investment Fund

With a clear ambition to accelerate the development and capacity of the region’s economy, the Council has planned a comprehensive programme of regeneration, residential, commercial and infrastructure development schemes, which will be launched at the conference. Cornwall, one of the best known and most visited UK regions, has a strong economic performance, growing at four […]

Falmouth University
Emerging Creative Talent in Cornwall

History shows that Cornwall has always been a region with a pioneering spirit, independent and open to invention, with its optimistic eye on a future built on a proud creative legacy.  From Dame Barbara Hepworth, the internationally renowned sculptor, to Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, Cornwall has nourished a long line of enterprising, visionary creatives […]

Seaside
Lifestyle Offering to Attract & Retain Talent

Cornwall’s tech community understands that innovation and creativity are driven by inspiration, not only from collaborations within and between industries, but from the connections made by the lifestyles of individuals.    The region’s physical and digital infrastructure and access to ultrafast connectivity creates a liberated workforce with space to refresh cognitive and emotional resources and […]

A Truly Connected Economy
A Truly Connected Economy

Cornwall is a place where the digital and physical merge, enabling a truly connected economy to flourish.  Superfast Cornwall was the pioneering programme for Superfast Broadband in the UK, providing the region with over 95% fibre broadband coverage, including a massive 30% of FTTP (fibre-to-the-premises) connectivity, revolutionising the region and giving businesses and homes access […]

Cornwall Airport Newquay
An Ecosystem to Accelerate Growth

Cornwall’s natural geography and economic landscape is perfect for business clustering, allowing like-minded businesses to form part of a collaborative business community. This gives the Superfast digital ecosystem a physical proximity, allowing smaller enterprises to enjoy some of the economies of scale that are usually reserved for larger companies: easy access to supply chains, information […]

Cutting-edge, Tech-enabled Infrastructure
Cutting-edge, Tech-enabled Infrastructure

Crowdfunder, the UK’s #1 crowdfunding platform is in Cornwall. Goonhilly Earth Station, the UK’s gateway to space, heart of commercial satellite and private sector deep space communications is also in Cornwall. CleanGrow, future-proofing farming by developing front line data driven technology, is in Cornwall too. This is just a snapshot of the cutting-edge innovation embedded […]

Satellite Dish at Goonhilly space station in Cornwall.
£8.4 million investment to develop Goonhilly Earth Station for deep space missions

An £8.4 million (€9.5 million) investment in Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall, South West England, will help create the world’s first commercial deep-space communications station, capable of tracking future missions to the Moon and Mars. Under a new project announced today by the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Goonhilly will be […]

Cornwall Trade and Investment: Next Generation Campaign – what next?

This year, Cornwall Trade and Investment partnered with JCDecaux to splash the region, and the opportunities it has to offer next generation businesses, on billboards across London. We want people to sit up and take notice of the region. Those people who perhaps dream of running their own businesses, but have the misconception they need […]

Cattle in a field with green grass.
Oxford Farming Conference 2018 | Food Security & the post-Brexit world

It was a particularly busy Oxford Farming Conference this year, in part due to the announcement that was being made by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove. ‘Embracing change’ was the strap-line of this year’s Oxford Farming Conference, very apt given the current political climate. It was clear from […]

Peter Holland
Marine-i event powers into the future

The next Marine-i Discovery Room event will focus on two power systems that will play a vital role in the future of marine vessels: Hybrid Propulsion and Smart Battery Technology. It takes place at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth on Wednesday 21st February. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i provides support […]

Cornwall: for the next generation
Cornwall: for the next generation

Cornwall Trade and Investment have developed a marketing campaign to attract innovative, progressive, ‘Next Generation’ businesses into the region. The campaign highlights the existing business community and focuses on delivering five key messages; businesses, entrepreneurs, workforce, jobs and lifestyle. As part of a wider marketing campaign, Cornwall Trade and Investment, alongside the Cornwall and Isles […]

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Marine-i makes its first grant award to pioneering company, Triskel Marine

Marine-i, the EU funded programme set up to boost the marine technology sector in Cornwall, has made its first grant award to Cornish marinetech company Triskel Marine. Employing eight people, Triskel Marine is a hi-tech company which recently moved to the Marine Enterprise Zone in Hayle, Cornwall. The company specialises in marine data management, communications […]

Co-working space in Newquay, Cornwall
Co-working space in Newquay, Cornwall

Cornwall has always been popular with entrepreneurs looking to escape big city life. Modern working conditions and the increased number of ‘digital nomads’ means more people than ever are coming to Cornwall to set up businesses or work remotely. Shared workspaces offer people the flexibility to hire any type of space from a single desk […]

Agritech Cornwall - cattle in a field looking down at the camera.
Innovation Grants to Stimulate ‘Agri-tech’ Research and Development in Cornwall

Farmers have historically been early adopters of technology whether it is the move from horses to tractors or the adoption of GPS and other precision farming techniques. The constant drive to improve farm efficiency and profitability is an ever increasing challenge as well as an opportunity. However, with a few notable exceptions, Cornwall and the […]

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AeroSpace Cornwall Programme – Innovation in Space and Aerospace

The global space and aerospace sectors are experiencing exciting changes, and growing rapidly, with increased focus from industry and Government. Many of the advances in coming years will require innovative products, services and technologies, and the South West is one of the most capable regions of the UK. The AeroSpace Cornwall programme promotes research, development […]

Goonhilly space station satellite at night.
UK Space Agency launches second mission to back space entrepreneurs of the future

An exciting opportunity has arisen with the SpaceTech Incubation Initiative who are offering up to six promising space technology businesses the chance to participate in an award-winning entrepreneurs’ programme on behalf of SETsquared, the global no.1 university business incubator. The programme, which will be held at Exeter Science Park from 26-28 February 2018 aims to […]

Plymouth COAST Lab
Marine-i event will showcase world-class testing facilities at COAST Lab

The unique COAST Lab testing facility at Plymouth University will be the star attraction at Marine-i’s next Discovery Room event, which will be hosted at the university on Thursday 1st February. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i provides support for the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  Its […]

Smart Island Project on The Isles of Scilly
Smart Island Project on the Isles of Scilly

LEP earmarks up to £2.95m to support pioneering Smart Islands project on the Isles of Scilly Almost £3 million has been earmarked to support a pioneering project to transform infrastructure on the Isles of Scilly and support local growth. The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership has agreed in principle to invest up […]

Web Summit Lisbon
Web Summit, Lisbon

Earlier this month members of the Cornwall Trade and Investment team went to Web Summit, Lisbon, the largest technology conference in the world. The team joined over 60,000 delegates including start-ups, investors and public sector organisations as well as world-leading companies such as Airbnb, Spotify and Uber to explore the latest news in tech and […]

Bloodhound Roars into Cornwall
Bloodhound SSC roars into Cornwall to inspire a generation

Cornwall is recovering from three high octane days of Bloodhound SSC testing at Cornwall Airport Newquay. If you’re not one of the estimated 2.6 billion people who saw the publicity generated by the test runs, Bloodhound SSC is the UK’s attempt to smash the current land speed record of 763mph by going a phenomenal 1000mph!! […]

Strong investor interest in Spaceport Cornwall
Strong investor interest in Spaceport Cornwall

A trade mission to North America has reported strong interest from potential investors in a spaceport in Cornwall. The delegation, led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), met with a number of potential investors last week and visited spaceport facilities in California and New Mexico. The LEP is leading a […]

Strikersoft team at a conference in front of purple background.
Swedish Healthtech company chooses Cornwall

This month, Swedish-based IT company Strikersoft signed an eHealth partnership agreement with Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. They will now work together to leverage a range of health-related IT and mobile application innovations. The announcement is extremely important for three reasons: It is no secret that there are increased demands on healthcare providers around the […]

Chile Sees What Cornwall Marine Sector Can Offer
Chile sees what Cornwall’s marine sector can offer

Last month the marine renewables experts from Chile’s MERIC (Marine Energy Research and Innovation Centre) visited Cornwall to learn more about the region’s long-established marine sector. Over two days the Cornwall Trade and Investment team provided Nathalie Almonacid and Dernis Mediavilla with introductions to key organisations at all stages of the supply chain demonstrating the […]

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Opportunity: Business Engagement Manager

Cornwall Trade and Investment are excited to announce that we’re looking for a talented Business Engagement Manager to join our team. As the Inward Investment function of the Cornwall Development Company, we’re a forward-thinking project, dedicated to providing the best support, knowledge and expertise that’s needed for businesses to make the decision to locate their business in Cornwall. Our team offer tailored support dependent on individual […]

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The OX, Crowdfunder & Cornwall

Today, the OX, the world’s first flatpack vehicle did one of its longest ever drives to date – touring Cornwall. It’s designed to be a low-cost, all-terrain small truck that can be driven on and off-road to help remote communities in the likes of Africa to transport food, water, building supplies and people. The brainchild […]

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Cornwall Brand Ambassador Crowdfunder set to celebrate success

This week, the Cornwall based business, Crowdfunder is hosting its Summer Experience event to celebrate raising over £40 million for projects around the UK. Taking place at Crowdfunder’s beachside Newquay offices, the event will be attended by leaders from global businesses including Virgin, Santander, JC Decaux, Tesco and M&S. Guests will be able to get […]

Agricultural land in Cornwall filled with livestock.
£10m project launched to boost Cornwall’s Agritech sector

Open to SMEs looking to or already investing in Cornwall, this is an opportunity to develop and apply new technologies assisted by project partners, research vouchers, grants and graduate placements The first of its kind in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, a new fund has been established as part of a £10m project to […]

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Unique event aims to provide technology solutions for healthcare issues in Cornwall

‘Maximising Technology in Health and Care’ event on July 4th. For the first time in Cornwall, the NHS and other healthcare professionals are being brought together with pioneering health technology companies, to see how they can work together to benefit people across the region and beyond. On July 4th Cornwall Council and Falmouth University will […]

Road at night time with lights showing from cars and a full moon in the sky.
Connectivity in Cornwall – what you need to know

In 2011 it was announced that Superfast Broadband was coming to Cornwall. Collaboratively funded by the EU, BT and Cornwall Council, the project set out to transform communities in the region by creating the world’s biggest rural network. In the years since, the project has received a lot of attention from the media, resulting in […]

Goonhilly
SpaceTech Incubation Programme; Accelerating space in the South West

Are you an innovator, an entrepreneur, a developer or a data scientist? Are you interested in space and technology and have a passion to explore and make a difference? If so, we’d like to hear from you. An increasing amount of industries are now looking to space technology and satellite data to enhance their knowledge […]

Marine Business Park
Cornwall strengthens its marine renewables offering

Cornwall can now offer Marinetech businesses industry-leading resources following two major announcements, which position Cornwall as one of the most innovative places in this sector globally.

Cornwall plays integral role in growth of UK’s digital economy

“Cornwall’s digital tech cluster might be small, but it is increasingly mighty” Cornwall’s Creativetech industry has been identified as one of the fastest growing in the UK in the latest Tech Nation report

Goonhilly space station satellite at night.
SpaceTech incubation initiative supporting SME’s to exploit space technology

The University of Exeter and the South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications has received £50,000 to run the SpaceTech Incubation Initiative, which will support start-ups and innovative SME’s to exploit space technology.

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