Cornish digital business network gets £0.5 million Objective One boost

Digital Peninsula Network, which supports a fast growing group of over 220 creative, knowledge and IT businesses in West Cornwall, has successfully bid for EU Objective One funding, it was revealed today. The network has been given the go ahead for a £530,000 two and a half year project to significantly expand its services.

The network’s digital facility centre in Penzance will have its facilities upgraded, with new equipment and software that members most require. It will also offer members extremely high speed (2 megabit) broadband, remote access to email, plus improved online and onsite training and meeting facilities. New and existing members will be helped to work together to gain major contracts from national and international clients. Membership costs start at only £5 per month.

An impressive range of businesses have already benefited from the network. They include website designers, new media companies, consultants, photographers, film makers, IT support businesses and digital artists. Many have international contracts and work remotely for major UK organisations. The network has also helped start up businesses, many of whom were previously unemployed.

Penzance is fast emerging as the centre of Cornwall’s digital revolution, says Digital Peninsula Network chairman John Cowles. "More and more skilled individuals and companies are relocating or returning to Cornwall as the ability to work anywhere makes this possible. Now Cornwall has broadband, it is becoming a fantastic location for digital businesses. For those of us already here, our geographical remoteness is finally becoming less of a barrier."

"We are extremely grateful to the South West Regional Development Agency and to Penwith District Council for vigorously supporting our bid. They and other funding partners, including BT, have recognised that Cornwall’s economic future lies in new technology and the development of fast moving and flexible small businesses that can exploit it. Our aim has always been to make Cornwall the 'digital peninsula'. Now that dream is becoming a reality."

Anyone wanting to join the network should call 01736 333700.


Editors notes:

Details of the successful bid are available under embargo on the network’s website: www.digitalpeninsula.co.uk/justvisit/index.htm then \"about us\"
then \"key documents\".

This project received funding from European Regional Development Fund, South West Regional Development Agency, Penwith District Council, Cornwall County Council, 220 local businesses, British Telecom plc and Cornwall Enterprise Ltd.


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