A jobs boost for Cornwall
Cornwall's film-makers and screen industries are set to benefit
from major investment under a new project invested in by the European
Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Objective One Programme for
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Over the next 3 years, more than £1.8 million (of
which £914,238 is coming from the ERDF), will be ploughed into bolstering
industry growth and sustainability in the area. The new project will be
administered by Cornwall Film. Key partners in this project are Regional
Screen Agency South West Screen, the South West Regional Development Agency,
Business Link Devon and Cornwall, Creative Kernow, UK Film Council, Cornwall
Enterprise and Cornwall County Council.
The project aims to support 45 Cornish media companies,
create the equivalent of 174 full-time jobs and generate £6.9 million
of additional turnover. It will focus on business support, working in
partnership with organisations like Business Link, the Regional Development
Agency and Cornwall Pure Business.
The scheme will run for a set three year term, during
which time it is intended to kick-start the sector, attracting inward
investment, developing local media businesses and boosting national and
international exports. Funding will be reduced from 2006 as the industry
in the area becomes increasingly self sufficient.
Alongside the financial support, industry mentors will
work closely with local media businesses to develop products and access
markets. Business Link, Finance Cornwall and the South West Investment
Group (SWIG) will also be involved in this part of the process.
Key goals of the scheme are to bring local businesses to market, stimulate
demand and boost businesses' own marketing. Specialist Cornish companies
will also become more able to provide specialist services to national
and international film and television. Cornwall is already one of the
UK's main providers of aerial camera units and large-scale sea shoots.
The new project's investment fund aims to stimulate local development
and production in television, new media and film. It is also hoped that
around 50 productions will be attracted to the area, bringing in more
than £7.8 million to the economy, providing work and an increased
turnover for a range of local businesses.
The project is currently advertising for a new chairperson
and board members. This board will go on to appoint two staff by the end
of November. The project aims to launch in January 2005.
Caroline Norbury, Chief Executive of South West Screen
said: "Cornwall has huge potential to become even more of a media
centre than it is at present. Now that this latest round of investment
has been approved, existing businesses in the area, as well as new start-ups,
will be given all available support to be highly successful. We shall
be working closely with the other agencies involved to ensure a solid
infrastructure is set up and businesses in Cornwall can grow."
For press information please contact:
Peter Jones, South West Screen
Tel: 0117 952 9971
South West Screen is the Regional Screen Agency
leading the development of film, television and digital media in
the South West. South West Screen is funded by the UK FILM|COUNCIL
and the South West Regional Development Agency.
Cornwall Film administered almost half a million
pounds of ERDF investment between September 2001 and October 2004.
The fund invested in over 50 projects, including screenplay development
and short film production in Cornwall.
Objective One Communications
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Telephone: 01579 370991
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