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The case studies showcase the delivery of the cross cutting themes.

Although the cross cutting themes did not have specific financial allocation associated with their implementation, their implementation was of equal weight to the Priorities of the Programme. These project-based examples show some of the ways projects have delivered economic regeneration activities across the Programme which successfully incorporate the cross cutting themes in a positive and constructive way, contributing to the quality of the project as a whole.

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Building on DistinctionBuilding on Distinction
The Cornwall Sustainable Tourism (CoaST) Project runs the Building on Distinction programme to provide information and guidance on sustainable practices directly to tourism businesses in order to increase markets and marketing opportunities, create cost savings and increase competitiveness.

Photo, right: Rob Constant of Cornwall Classic Car Hire and Valerie and Tim Penny of Pollaughan Farm Cottages are helped by Jemma Roberts of the CoaST Project to plant 135 trees to improve the natural environment for visitors to Pollaughan's five self-catering cottages and offset the approximate 84 tonnes of CO2 emissions produced by the Cornwall Classic Car Hire fleet in 2005.

The project supports tourism businesses in becoming environmentally sustainable for example by reducing their use of water, energy, toxic cleaning materials and unsustainable transport, and increasing recycling, local sourcing and biodiversity.

The Programme has invested £45,000 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the project which has a total cost of £96,495.

Click here to see examples of good practice and success in the Building on Distinction Album 2005 (2,126kb)

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Callington Business ParkCallington Business Park
Caradon District Council developed a business park with a range of new industrial units providing good quality workspace for small companies in Caradon district.

The Programme has invested £126,172 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the project which has a total cost of £315,430.
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Chark FarmChark Farm
The project has provided a farming family with an opportunity to diversify their activities and develop a more varied income base. The investment was to convert redundant farm buildings into four holiday units of holiday accommodation; one being registered as physically accessible both externally and internally (e.g. support rails, raised bed).

The Programme has invested £93,750 from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) in the project which has a total cost of £375,000.
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Chark Country Farm HolidaysChark Country Farm Holidays
Chark Country Farm Holidays is a farm diversification project which has secured the reuse and long term economic viability of a group of four redundant vernacular farm buildings by successfully converting them to holiday units. The accommodation created has achieved 4 Stars rating from the English Tourism Council and one fully-accessible unit has been awarded 'Mobility 3' status under the National Accessible Scheme.

The Programme has invested £78,995 from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) in the project which has a total cost of £315,820.
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Cornish MusselsCornish Mussels
Cornish Mussels received £53,380 from the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG) to establish a new rope-grown mussel farm in the Truro river at a total cost of £152,516. The investment will deliver increased annual turnover and profitability by increasing mussel production.

Mussels are one of the most popular shellfish eaten in the UK and currently production cannot meet demand. By growing mussels in Cornwall, the company can provide fresh, top quality mussels to wholesale and catering outlets outside Cornwall and develop new marketing opportunities for Cornish produce.
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The Town Hall in Hugh Town, Isles of ScillyCornwall & Scilly Urban Survey
The Cornwall & Scilly Urban Survey (CSUS) is a pioneering initiative aimed at harnessing the quality and distinctive character of the historic environment for successful and sustainable economic regeneration.

The Programme has invested £211,396 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the project which has a total cost of £454,346. Match funding has been provided by English Heritage, the South West Regional Development Agency and Cornwall County Council.
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Cornwall Pure BusinessCornwall Pure Business
The Cornwall Pure Business programme aims to attract 78 new high-quality businesses to Cornwall, creating 780 new jobs and injecting £23.4 million into the Cornish economy over the next four years.

Cornwall Enterprise received European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) investment of £679,272 towards a £1,358,546 project.
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Cornwall Rivers ProjectCornwall Rivers Project
The Westcountry Rivers Trust runs the Cornwall Rivers Project to deliver large-scale integrated river catchment management to improve habitat within 15 major river catchments and deliver significant economic benefit to Cornwall.

The Programme has invested £919,581 from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) in the project which has a total cost of £2,628,511.
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Timber framingCornwall Sustainable Building Trust (CSBT)
The Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust received European Social Fund monies towards the Constructive Skills project. CSBT courses and seminars include:

Sustainable transport
DIY solar heating
Introduction to photovoltaic and solar heating
Site waste management
Sustainable graphic communication
Sustainable interior decorative effects
Recycled materials and their use

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The Farm Environment Link Project (FELP)The Farm Environment Link Project (FELP)
The Farm Environment Link (FELP) Project is run by the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) and works with farmers across Cornwall. The aim of the project is to enhance the economic sustainability of Cornish agricultural holdings by advising on the economic opportunities achievable through environmental measures.

The Programme has invested £283,014 from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) in the project which has a total cost of £563,920.
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Grassland ChallengeGrassland Challenge
Grassland Challenge is a partnership project led by Duchy College (part of Cornwall College, a partner in the Combined Universities in Cornwall) on behalf of the Cornish Grassland Societies in association with the Institute of Grassland & Environmental Research (IGER).

The Programme has invested £604,680 from the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) in the project which has a total cost of £1,637,538.
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H2OK Systems Limited
Helen Stimpson of H2OKUnlocking Cornish Potential graduate Helen Stimpson is helping a Cornwall-based company expand its range of services into the sustainable systems sector. Helen, who graduated in 2005 in Geography from Leeds University, is Sustainable Systems Consultant for H2OK, based at Allet, near Truro. Helen has recognised the growing demand in companies and households for sustainable systems such as rainwater harvesting, which collects rain and reuses it for non drinking water uses such as toilets, washing machines, vehicle washing and for watering gardens.
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Heaven ScentHeaven Scent
The registered charity Pentreath runs Heaven Scent, a garden nursery offering supportive services, personal development training, work placements, employment advice and skills training to people who are recovering from mental ill health. Heaven Scent has been very successful in enabling trainees to secure employment as a result of the support received at the project.

The programme has invested £591,002 from the European Social Fund (ESF) in the project which has a total cost of £1,226,417.
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Jobcentre PlusJobcentre Plus
Jobcentre Plus has invested in many projects via co-financing the with the European Social Fund. Such projects include Connexions' NEET fund, Enable, Tap Routes to Employment, Cornwall Youth Service, Truronian Training, Real Base Training, Working Woodlands, LOPS, Lizard Pathways, Pentreath Industries' North Cornwall works, Cornwall 24, Headroom and Neighbourhood Pathways. Some of these are environmental case studies in their own right.

The Programme has invested £7,896,380 from the European Social Fund (ESF) in the project which has a total cost of £18,638,897.
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King Harry Ferry
King Harry FerryKing Harry Steam Ferry Company Limited delivered a project to enhance the transport link for commuters, tourists and local businesses between the Roseland Peninsula and St Mawes on the eastern bank of the Fal estuary and Truro, Falmouth and towns further afield on the western bank of the Fal estuary. The project involves the building of a new ferry with increased capacity, infrastructure improvements and ICT technologies (webcams and touch screen information panels).

The Programme has invested £981,750 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the project which has a total cost of £2,805,000.
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Kynance Cove Enhancement ProjectKynance Cove Enhancement Project
The project has improved the visitor facilities and experience at the site by installing water and electric services, refurbishing the existing buildings (including the café) and constructing a new toilet building.

The Programme has invested £380,000 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the project which has a total cost of £780,000.
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Claire England and Matt HockingLeap Media & Go Jute
The successful application of environmentally responsible practises within top quality design and creative services has earned Leap Media a healthy growth and demand increase during its first three years. In fact, Managing Director Matt Hocking recently went on to establish a second company, Go Jute, ethically sourcing natural, biodegradable jute bags from partners in India. This sister company for Leap Media complements their original products and ethos.

St Austell-based Leap Media has received Objective One support via three different projects - initially via Cornwall Pure Business and actnow and latterly via Unlocking Cornish Potential.
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The Core, Eden - photo by Ben FosterLearning Zone at The Core, Eden
The Learning Zone Project includes the creation of Eden's Educational Resource Centre (The Core) and the completion of essential works to enhance the visitor experience, to help the site cope with the number of visitors on site and to provide adequate facilities for Eden's 400 staff.

As well as helping to deliver Eden's educational ambitions this project will safeguard the visitors attracted to Eden that have been additional to the 750,000 base case originally projected and thereby sustain economic benefit to the region of around £100 million a year and estimated with modest inflation at some £1 bn over the next 10 years.

The Programme has invested £12,896,000 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the project which has a total cost of £32,240,000.

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Millbrook WorkshopsMillbrook Workshops
Caradon District Council developed 8 new workshops at Millbrook (a very rural location) providing good quality workspace for small companies in Caradon district.

The new units are equipped with a host of environmentally smart features and have been designed to blend with their surroundings.

The Programme has invested £219,612 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the project which has a total cost of £549,031.
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