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31.07.03
Boost for local food producer from Falmouth restaurant upgrade

Local food producers are set to benefit as a Falmouth restaurant upgrades its kitchen with the help of an Objective One grant.

Christine Groom, proprietor of the Packet Ship Restaurant, has recently secured funding from the Objective One Capital Grant Scheme for the Cornwall Food and Drink Industry. The scheme is designed to assist with the costs of new capital / processing equipment, with a commitment to increase purchases from Cornish food suppliers.

Truro College's Cascade Project was instrumental in helping Christine with preparing the business plan, finding the funding source and putting forward the grant application.

Steve Bennett, Cascade Business Adviser, said: "This Taste of the West Scheme provides a wonderful opportunity for businesses such as restaurants and caterers to work in partnership with local food producers for their mutual benefit. The grant was secured through the Fast Track scheme, which meant that it was approved in 2 weeks. It's a win win situation."

Local businesswoman, Christine Groom said: "The support and help that I received from the Cascade Project in securing the funding has been invaluable."

Cascade is a free business mentoring, training and networking service supported by the European Social Fund and can be accessed by all Cornish business.

For further information contact Steven Bennett on 01872 242704.

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Editor's notes:

Cornwall Food and Drink Partnership Scheme – (CF&DPS)

Business Link, in partnership with Cornwall Taste of the West, is offering capital grants of up to 50% of eligible costs for businesses in Cornwall's Objective One area. Open to food and drink manufacturers, caterers, wholesalers, retailers, and primary agricultural producers. (Not available for fish producers). Funding is available for capital/processing equipment, expansion projects, support for new product lines, chillers and freezers, refrigerated vehicles, etc. There is a fast track application process where total project cost does not exceed £10,000. Mainstream programme for projects up to £150,000 to a maximum grant support level of £60,000. The programme provides additional help in the form of: A business adviser to help prepare a business plan for the project which is 80% funded; a Technical Adviser, Carrie Brent, from Cornwall Taste of the West to give guidance with the application process; and access to Cornwall Taste of the West's Trade Development Programme and Speciality Food and Drink Marketing Grant Scheme. Both Business Link and Cornwall Taste of the West work closely together ensuring a joint approach to the Cornwall food and drink industry.

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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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