Making a real difference to Cornwall

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is starting to make a real difference for individual people, businesses and communities – that’s the message from the latest quarterly programme review, which is published this week.

The review, which covers the July to September period, is packed with details about individual projects which are starting to have a real impact on Cornwall’s prosperity, plus information on the value of grants approved under each of the four Objective One funds.

During the third quarter of 2001, grants worth a total of £7.45 million were approved for 31 new projects, bringing the total allocation of Objective One funding to date to £62.12 million across 147 projects.

Of these, 105 projects have completed all the necessary legal and financial negotiations and are now either already running or are due to start shortly.

The review looks at 24 projects which are starting to deliver real tangible benefits in Cornwall, ranging from multi-million pound investment in education provision in the county – including the flagship Combined Universities in Cornwall project – through to umbrella funds for local companies, investment in Cornish food producers and the fishing industry, new premises and wage subsidies to help businesses expand, environmental projects, investment to tackle skills shortages and support for women in the county.

Objective One programme director Bill Bawden said: "The scope and scale of these projects is considerable and together they are starting to deliver tangible benefits on the ground.

"Objective One is starting to make a real difference for individual people, businesses and communities – acting as a catalyst for change and encouraging confidence, coherence and real enthusiasm.

"The steady flow of project announcements is increasingly persuading even the most sceptical that these European funds are accessible and worth applying for.

"And now, with the full complement of Objective One staff now in place – including 11 teams working at grass roots level to help guide project applications – there couldn’t be a better time for that message to be getting through."

Copies of the quarterly review are being widely distributed across Cornwall, and anyone who wants a copy can call the Objective One freephone helpline on 0800 028 0120.


Editors notes:

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