Two marine companies with a total of more than 50
years’ experience in catamaran development and moulding
have merged with the help of Business Link.
Following the move in 2006, they aim to achieve a £1
million turnover and build up to 50 two-hulled boats a year.
The move has been supported by Objective One investment from
two sources – Business Link Devon and Cornwall and the
Cornwall Marine Network (CMN).
A Cornish kayaking school and shop, which opened
for business only nine months ago, is already splashing out
on three new sea kayaks for the coming season. Waterborne
was set up in rented premises on Porthleven’s harbourside
by husband and wife Drew and Sian Pilley, with help from Business
Link Devon and Cornwall’s ‘Starting in Business’
The couple found it helpful to attend a Business Link 'Starting
in Business' awareness session at Launceston followed by workshops
at Penzance on planning and regulations, sales and marketing
and finance and accounts. The Pilleys also benefited from
a ‘Starting in Business’ business review and development
plan which advised them to separate their retail trade transactions
from the kayaking activities.
A family run clothing business has expanded across
Cornwall and launched its own, award winning organic clothing
Wildlife has grown from a former Army and Navy surplus store
in Penzance to six branches across Cornwall and also supplies
The three brothers who run Wildlife, David, Neil and Leigh
Chadwick, are trying to combine ecologically friendly methods
with their sales success and have launched their own organic
clothing brand - Seasalt. In doing so they became the first
fashion brand to have clothing certified to Soil Association
standards. They also won the Green Business Cornwall Sustainability
Award 2005 for the Seasalt label.