Activity Summary: 18th October - 24th October 2008
TRAC Services Ltd, which has been supported with several Objective One projects, has been announced as the regional winner of the Award for Excellence in People Development in the South West region in the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Awards 2008.
University College Falmouth BA(Hons) degree course students in Public Relations are joining a similar student group based in Brazil on campaign planning exercises. University College Falmouth is a partner in Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC).
Another CUC partner, the University of Exeter, has held a public lecture on landscapes and climate change.
Strategy Development and Post 2006 Programmes
Work is now complete on the review of "Strategy and Action"
– the long term overarching economic development strategy
for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Strategy and Action
encompasses the full range of economic regeneration activity
for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly – for the period
2007 to 2021. The final "Strategy and Action" document can
be accessed at www.economicforum.org.uk.
On 23 October the Government published its response to the
consultation on the National Strategic Reference Framework
(NSRF), outlining broad priorities, management arrangements
and funding allocations for ERDF and ESF Programmes 2007-2013.
This allowed development of the new Programmes to commence.
It is clear that the programmes for 2007-2013 are very different
from the Objective One Programme. Rural and fisheries
investment are part of mainstream programmes, Convergence
European Social Fund (ESF) Investment will be part of a national programme
and there will be a specific European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Convergence Operational Programme for Cornwall and the Isles
Convergence ERDF Programme
With approximately £311m of ERDF support, the Convergence
ERDF Operational Programme will invest in a number of new
initiatives, although the scale of investment available will
mean that careful prioritisation will be needed to ensure
the economic outcomes are realised. The new Programme is also
required to focus investment on competitiveness and this restricts
the types of investments which can be funded. After extensive
consultation the Convergence ERDF Operational Programme was
concluded in May 2007, to then be endorsed by Whitehall and
sent to Brussels to allow negotiations to begin. You can view the approved Operational Programme by clicking on the links below:
Click here to view the approved ERDF Convergence Operational Programme.
Click here to view the Executive Summary of the approved ERDF Convergence Operational Programme.
Click here to read a press release about approval of the ERDF Convergence Programme.
The South West RDA is taking the lead in the management of
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly's ERDF Convergence Programme.
For further information please click
here to view Frequently Asked Questions.
Convergence ESF Programme
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will benefit from a new seven
year programme for skills and training through the European
Social Fund (ESF). The new Convergence ESF Framework, which
runs for the first three years, is taking forward the Convergence
Priorities set out in the England ESF Operational Programme
which was sent to Brussels in March 2007. With approximately
£133m of ESF support, the Framework sets out a major
programme of activity to support those who are not-in-work
and those in work to address key skills issues. The interventions
will be relevant to the business community with support to
up-skill the workforce and address skills shortages. The Framework
was consulted on until 1 June 2007. Co
Financing Plans have been developed and new project activity is expected to commence in Spring/Summer 2008.
The Managing Authority for the ESF Programme in England 2007-13
is the European Social Fund Division (ESFD) of the Department
for Work and Pensions.
Rural and Fisheries Programmes
Further information about the fisheries programme can be found
More information about the Rural Development Programme for England and its Regional
Implementation Plan is available at: www.southwestrda.org.uk/what-we-do/regeneration/eafrd/introduction.shtm and www.defra.gov.uk under 'Rural Affairs'.
Investment so far
The Objective One Programme has now endorsed 875 projects
to date, investing a total of £352,500,000 of European
For details of all announced projects please click
here to see the Project Lists section.
Website report for 18th October 2008 to 24th October 2008 inclusive
Total visits: 3234
Total pages visited: 19760
Average daily visits: 462
Average number of pages per visit: 6.1