Truro College launched new Objective
One funded Cascade project to help small businesses in Cornwall
Matthew Taylor MP today (4 July) launched Truro College's
new Cascade project. This project is invested in by Objective
One and it will provide business support to small and medium
sized enterprises (SMEs) in Cornwall.
Truro College has been running a business support project
since 1998. During that time it has helped more than 500 businesses
with business plans, marketing plans, IT plans and customised
training, and provided ongoing mentoring and support. This
work has improved the quality and durability of businesses
in Cornwall. The new Cascade project will build upon the success
to date and will, over the next 12 months, help 150 businesses
including 30 new starts, will create 40 new jobs and will
safeguard 100 others.
Matthew Taylor MP, said, "This is more good news
for Cornwall. Truro College has established itself as a centre
of academic excellence amongst the top ten Further Education
colleges in the country. Its work with the business community
helps to cement its place as a key component in the success
of the Cornish economy. Certainly, I have received very good
reports on how it has helped small businesses in areas such
as business planning, mentoring and training.
"I am, therefore, very pleased to have been asked to
launch the next phase of this project. It is also my pleasure
to be doing this in the business centre's new offices
in the centre of Truro. I have been impressed with the quality
of the facilities, but more importantly, with the personnel
who are delivering this service."
Sue Lovell, Manager of Truro College Business Centre, said,
"We are delighted that our work with businesses across
Cornwall is recognised for its quality and impact on sustainability.
Small and medium sized enterprises are the lifeblood of the
Cornish economy. Through Objective One, we have been able
to provide support to these enterprises and we will be building
on that work with the launch of the next phase of Cascade.
Any businesses which feel that they want help should call
us to discuss their needs."
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership
said: "I am delighted that the highly successful Cascade
project can now continue to offer such an important service
for Cornish businesses, enabling them to grow and flourish
with the guidance and advice offered by the business support
team at the Truro College Business Centre.
Objective One is committed to investing in projects that
help to build better businesses, which is why Cascade has
received its second phase of investment. I wish the project
every success for the future and look forward to soon hearing
many more stories of how the centre has supported real growth
in the businesses it assists."
For further information, contact Bob Egerton, Truro College
on 07785 748844.
Truro College Business Centre is part of Truro College. It
has moved into new offices at: Palace Building, Quay Street,
Truro TR1 2HE. Tel: 01872 242702. Email: email@example.com.
Matthew Taylor will be opening the new offices and launching
the Cascade project on 4 July. Party at the Palace from 4
pm to 6 pm. Invitations have been sent to the media: please
feel free to attend.
Official launch at 4.15 pm. Photo and interview opportunities.
Matthew will need to leave by 4.30 pm to attend his constituency
surgery. He can be contacted via his constituency office on
Objective One project from July 2000 to June 2003.
New Cascade project runs from 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2004.
Who can be helped?
Any small or medium sized, private sector enterprise
(SME) in Cornwall.
When a business is starting up
When a business is planning to expand or diversify
When it is seeking funding from grant sources or from
investors or lenders
When the owners simply want to make sure that they
are still on track
Or when the business is having difficulties
One to one guidance and help with putting together a plan:
A marketing plan to help the business grow and increase
An action plan to solve a problem in a particular area
of the business
A full business plan which encompasses the whole operation
of the business
The service is free of charge. The client contributes private
match funding in kind through the time that they spend working
on the project.
In addition to the one to one mentoring, the owners, managers
and staff of SMEs can receive subsidised training under the
project. There are one-day seminars, part time qualification
courses and customised training.
A business club open to all businesses in Cornwall stages
events four times per year to provide networking opportunities.
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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