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Flying Start rally a success

Some of Devon and Cornwall's up and coming entrepreneurs brought their ideas and inspirations to a motivational event held at Eden on Friday, organised by the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE). The NCGE Flying Start Rally was sponsored by the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) with support from Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) and The University of Plymouth.

Nearly one hundred students and recent graduates discovered how to turn their business ideas into reality with advice and insights from successful entrepreneurs and interactive workshops delivered by experts in areas such as franchising, patenting, finance and networking.

The event was an opportunity for the region's future business pioneers to meet like-minded people, make contacts in the business community and be inspired to take the step into starting their own business or expanding a concept. As Catriona Bell, Business Development Officer for Combined Universities in Cornwall, explains: "The popularity of this event demonstrates the enthusiasm and drive of local students and graduates to carry their knowledge into the world of commerce and achieve success. It is vital for the Cornish economy that these small businesses and new ventures can be encouraged and receive guidance in the early stages and that's why events like these are invaluable. I was particularly pleased to see so many participants from across the CUC partnership here today – it has been an upbeat and revealing event and feedback has been really positive."

Dr Lorna Collins of NCGE welcomed delegates, before handing over to a panel of local entrepreneurs who provided inspiration with their own stories, followed by a question and answer session. The panel included Tom Kay, Managing Director of the award-winning ethical surf clothing company Finisterre, Tammy Barclay, a commercial consultant who has recently moved to Cornwall and set up her own business, and successful local designer Jethro Macey.

For further information please contact Emma Stallard, Combined Universities in Cornwall PR and Communications Officer on 01326 259908 / 07896 042524 or email

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF).


Editor's notes:

Combined Universities in Cornwall is a dynamic and visionary partnership that is one of the driving forces behind Cornwall's economic renaissance. The principal partners are the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, University College Falmouth, Peninsula Medical School, Cornwall College, Truro College and Penwith College. It aims not only to provide the students of the future with more choice and greater opportunities, but also to boost the economic fortunes of the region for the benefit of one and all.

The CUC initiative has been invested in by the Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the South West Regional Development Agency, Cornwall County Council and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.


Clare Morgan
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