Changing lives and fortunes – new Objective One review shows how
The first information on how Objective One is making a difference to the lives of people in Cornwall has been published in a new leaflet.
The programme’s second Quarterly Review covers what the Programme has achieved between April and June this year – including approving over £16.5 million for another 36 new projects.
But in addition to information on projects numbers and the European grants now approved, the leaflet also looks at four examples of projects that are already running and providing real, tangible benefits to individual people and businesses. The projects featured include:
HERRON – a project from the University of Plymouth to help Cornish firms develop ideas for business expansion and growth. Two beneficiaries featured in the review are windsurfer sail-makers Lodey Sails from Penzance and Pump International from Camborne.
GUIDE – a project from Truro College to help people who have become physically disabled to find ways back to work. One beneficiary is former nurse Heidi Scott from Trispen who now teaches sign language after breaking her neck in a car crash.
Let’s Do IT! – a project that is helping small firms in key sectors to train staff in business and computer skills. Beneficiaries include the Maple Leaf Café in Bodmin, the Kynance Guest House in St Ives and the Rising Sun Hotel in St Mawes.
SEAL – a project run by Link into Learning at 17 centres across Cornwall to teach basic computer and IT skills. Beneficiaries include two mothers from Falmouth, Sharon Wincott and Breda Kealy.
Programme director Bill Bawden said the financial figures show that the programme is continuing to do extremely well.
He said: “With the projects that came through during the last three months, we’ve now broken well past the 100-project barrier. In just nine months we’ve approved a total of 116 projects and allocated almost £60 million in European funding.
“But the important thing is not how much money we’ve allocated – it’s the changes being brought about by these projects.”
Mr Bawden said that the Objective One programme is designed to deal with a wide range of social and economic problems and approved projects cover a number of different areas.
He said: ”The four projects featured in this review are just a flavour of what’s going on. Around two-thirds of the projects approved for funding are already operating and together these projects – and the others to come – will produce changes that will increase prosperity and make Cornwall and Scilly an even better place to live and do business.”
Prospects for agriculture
The review also looks at what the programme is doing to help farmers and people living in rural areas of Cornwall, with a foreword on the prospects for the sector written by NFU regional director Anthony Gibson and Duchy College principal Steve Parsons.
There is news of some of the recently approved agricultural projects that are in the pipeline and a feature on the work of the programme’s Agricultural Development Team.
Two pages of the review are given over to details of the six funds set up to provide grants and loans to support individual sectors – including rural tourism, rural diversification, business growth and start-ups, and the film sector.
The review is being distributed through libraries, council offices and the Objective One office. To request a copy, call the Helpline on 0800 028 0120.
Should you wish to interview Bill Bawden, he will be available on Tuesday 17 July up to 11.00am. Please phone to arrange through Deborah Clark, 01872 276276.
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