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Investment secured for Restormel Business Adviser

Investment has been secured from Objective One European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), South West Regional Development Agency and Restormel Borough Council for a three year extension to the successful Restormel Business Adviser project.

The key aims of the Restormel Business Adviser (RBA) project are:

To increase the number of start up businesses and the support available to them
Increase sustainable employment by SMEs in Restormel
Improve survival rates of SMEs
Increase SME turnover

The Restormel Business Adviser has run as a successful pilot project for the past year working with small to medium-sized businesses and has proved the need for business advice and assistance to the many numbers of small businesses across Restormel. The aim of the project is to work closely with existing businesses and those who have new business ideas, to help to ensure their sustainability and success; the project will be managed by Mid Cornwall Enterprise Trust (MCET) from their offices at St Austell Bay Business Park.

Alan Moore Chief Executive of MCET says: "We are delighted that the Restormel Business Adviser project will continue. The project has been a great success over the past year – exceeding all targets and proving the real need for this type of assistance; we look forward to further success over the next three years."

Betty Hale, the RRP Development Officer who worked with MCET to develop the bid added: "This project is vital to ensure continuation of the support needed by SMEs in Restormel to keep them become sustainable and achieve success."

If you are thinking of starting a business or expanding your existing business, contact Dr John Richings, the Restormel Business Adviser. He is able to provide an informal, confidential, free of charge discussion and information on areas such as Business Planning, Sources of Funding, Market Research, or Employing Staff. Dr John Richings can be contacted at Mid Cornwall Enterprise Trust Limited on 01726 813079.


Editor's notes:

Restormel Regeneration Partnership

Restormel Regeneration Partnership was established in 2000, with the objective of making Restormel '… a more prosperous and lively area' by making maximum use of the opportunities for regeneration
Integrated Area Plans (IAPs) are the way in which Objective One can help communities. These are the plans that integrate the economic, social and environmental aspects of the Objective One programme into a framework for use in a specific area. There are eleven plans throughout Cornwall, three of which (St Austell Bay, China Clay Area, and Newquay & its Rural Hinterland) are covered by Restormel
The Objective One funded Integrated Area Plan team was established in February 2001 to deliver the three IAPs for Restormel. It can help with developing and supporting community based projects who wish to apply for Objective One funding
The RRP team is funded by Restormel Borough Council, Objective One, the South West of England Regional Development Agency, Imerys, Cornwall County Council and Health Action Zone

For further information contact:

Claire Evans
Administrator, RRP IAP team
Tel: 01726 623735


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

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