£1/4 million computer and business centre for Looe

The people and businesses of Looe in South East Cornwall are to benefit from a £245,000 computer centre thanks to a £110,000 grant from Objective One.

Following a successful application for funding from the Looe Development Trust, the money will be used towards the purchase and refit of a former restaurant in Looe, transforming it into a community computer and business centre.

The new facility will offer a variety of training courses to local people and businesses through a number of different organisations including St Austell College, Enterprise Tamar, Business Link Devon & Cornwall, the Prince’s Youth Business Trust, the Employment Service and the Cornwall Centre for Volunteers. A centre manager will also be employed to co-ordinate the delivery of computer training and business support.

Match funding for the project has come from the New Opportunities Fund, the South West Regional Development Agency, Cornwall Enterprise, the Department of Education and Science, Caradon District Council, Looe Town Council, West Looe Town Trust and East Looe Town Trust.

David Gardner, secretary to the Looe Development Trust said: “Work on the new centre will start as soon as possible and we’re hoping to be up and running in our new home by Easter.

“We’ll be delivering a raft of computer training support ranging from one-to-one tuition to business-related courses. The benefit for people and businesses in Looe and the surrounding area is that it will be on their doorstep and tailor-made to suit their needs, without them having to travel a considerable distance.”

Andrew Gunn, principal community regeneration manager for the South West Regional Development Agency, which is committing £45,000 to the project, said: “This centre will be a huge asset for local people and Looe’s business community.

“By enabling businesses in particular to access and capitalise on information communications technology and business counselling, it will further their performance and competitiveness and that can only be good news for the local economy.”

The Objective One support for the project has come through the European Regional Development Fund part of the programme.

For further information contact:
David Gardner
Secretary to Looe Development Trust
01503 264698
07974 444279


Editors notes:

Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel:01872 241379
Fax:01872 241388