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11.07.03
actnow spearheads new initiative to accelerate e-businesses in Cornwall

Thursday 26th June sees the launch of an innovative service from actnow designed to accelerate the growth of e-business in Cornwall.

The service is unique in the UK, offering an unparalleled degree of support to local businesses to help them develop their business through broadband technology.

Called actnow accelerator, the new service is to help businesses which have a broadband internet connection through actnow to exploit the technology to the full and radically grow their business. The new service offers free expert help to develop a tailored eBusiness strategy as well as providing up to 40% rebate on the costs of technology investment required to deliver that strategy.

Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Programme in Cornwall, says: "actnow accelerator is a revolutionary new way in which Objective One investment is being used to create a step change within the business community in Cornwall."

The launch follows a test pilot in Cornwall to ensure that accelerator matches customer needs and the response from businesses has been enthusiastic.

Alexandra Dickens, who runs The Studio Gallery in St Ives, says: "I had been meaning to develop a website for ages but I would probably never have got around to it if it had not been for this. It has made all the difference to receive a 40% rebate on the development costs."

Alan Sperring, Managing Director of Pryntya, a printing firm in Redruth, is installing a cutting edge electronic supply chain management system – and benefiting from a rebate which is worth thousands of pounds. "In the short term, the new technology will mean more efficient administration and less paperwork. In the long term, this could potentially add up to £2million to our turnover and create 15 new jobs. I am delighted."

actnow Project Manager Ranulf Scarbrough, says: "accelerator is a completely unique and innovative service which delivers a real competitive advantage to businesses in Cornwall. We are confident that the end result of this new service will be a significant boost to the local economy, meaning the creation of new jobs and greater prosperity."

To find out more about actnow accelerator, call 01209 722850.


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Editor's notes:

For further information, call Emma Lydon on 01209 722850.

 

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Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
jason@dclark.co.uk

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