Cornwall is leading the way in research
Cornwall is making its name as a leading place to conduct
Cornwall's unique geographical position and history of innovation
has long made it internationally regarded as a centre of pioneering
research. Objective One investment is helping to capitalise
upon that reputation.
Developments such as the Combined Universities in Cornwall
(CUC), the Knowledge Spa and broadband coverage under the
actnow project are providing the infrastructure for wide ranging
research and developments in health, business, media, IT and
Knowledge-based regeneration was a key feature of the Objective
One programme's strategic planning document and as developments
become rooted in the education, health and media sectors,
leaders in these fields are being attracted to Conrwall. The
establishment of the CUC and the Knowledge Spa will also increase
the number of home-grown graduates that will be able to remain
in Cornwall in high earning employment.
Carleen Kelemen, director of the Objective One Partnership
said: "We have a wonderful opportunity in Cornwall to
encourage the research key to economic regeneration. Now the
work must begin to create high quality jobs via research and
place Cornwall at the front of the information age."
Government pilot schemes in the health sector currently underway
in Cornwall include emergency health provision in West Cornwall.
Under the scheme new ways of providing healthcare in a rural
community are being investigated. If successful, this will
be employed in other parts of the country.
Richard Bayly, Government Office South West director for
European Programmes, said: "The vision of incubating
high value, high growth companies requires intellectual capital
to incubate. So we must foster research in our companies,
in the CUC, in the PMS. This research will be the lode from
which Cornwall's new industries will be mined."
It is already acknowledged that Cornwall is a near perfect
place to carry out trials, of advertisements, products and
Underlining the region's strengths as a research centre is
Simon Marquis, Chairman of ZenithOptimedia, an award winning
global advertising and media company.
A board member of SouWest FM's bid for the new commercial
radio licence he said: "Good research is central to the
success of the advertising and media business in which I have
been involved for 30 years. Although I work mainly in London,
I live in Cornwall and can clearly see the benefits that Objective
One is bringing to the region by capitalising upon its uniqueness.
Cornwall is an almost perfect research sample for all sorts
of organisations with a national rollout in mind. It is also
a great place to do business and I am delighted to be part
of the SouWest FM team bidding for Cornwall's next radio station
that has also put local research at the forefront of the campaign.
I am confident that the station, like Objective One will build
upon Cornwall's special nature."
The CUC meanwhile is at the heart of Cornwall's Objective
One ideals. The Cornwall Research Fund has also been established
with Objective One investment. The £7.7 million project
is helped by both research funding and private sector investment.
Peter Castell, CUC Business Support Manager, said: "Research
is one of the key elements of the CUC initiative. By investing
in Cornwall's academic research base we are enhancing its
ability to compete for research funding in the future. The
research that is undertaken in Cornwall is also likely to
be of benefit to existing businesses in the region. In addition
we are actively working with businesses in Cornwall to help
them develop new technologies and processes which will boost
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