Business opportunities in the health sector
in Cornwall - "Building Bridges"
A ground-breaking conference is to be held at Cornwall's
newly-established Knowledge Spa in May this year. It represents
a real "first" for Cornwall; a drive to encourage
the business community to work hand in hand with the health
The conference, which will be hosted by Cornwall Medi-Park
Ltd, is to take place on Wednesday 11 May 2005 at the Knowledge
Spa, based at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro. Cornwall
Medi-Park Ltd has been established jointly by the Royal Cornwall
Hospitals Trust and the University of Plymouth to maximise
the economic benefits to Cornwall from a close collaboration
between health and business experts. The company will manage
its business incubation units in the Knowledge Spa and lead
the development of the new Medi-Park to be built adjacent
to the existing site.
The Knowledge Spa offers modern, innovative and high quality
facilities. It houses the Cornish component of the Peninsula
Medical School and the faculty of Health and Social Work of
the University of Plymouth. The conference will highlight
the facilities and opportunities already available to the
private business sector in this health service environment,
and it will also flag up future opportunities which will open
up when the Medi-Park itself is up and running.
Professor Colin Roberts, Chairman of Cornwall Medi-Park and
non executive director of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust,
said: "The Knowledge Spa, which houses healthcare-related
teaching, medical research and business incubation under a
single roof, is unique. The creation of a Medi-Park is the
logical development of this initiative and, by facilitating
the building of partnerships between the NHS, the universities
and industry, will put Cornwall at the forefront of healthcare
in the UK."
The Knowledge Spa building and the conference have been supported
by many agencies including Objective One, the South West Regional
Development Agency, Duchy Health Charity and Cornwall Enterprise.
Attendance at this conference is essential for any business
looking to expand into the medical healthcare field. Speakers
from the medical and healthcare industry will help to highlight
ways in which communication between the NHS and private sector
companies can provide business opportunities for both parties.
Ros Stollard, conference organiser, said: "This conference
is a first for Cornwall and one which I am sure will provide
opportunities for a wide variety of businesses. As well as
businesses already established within the medical and health-related
industries, we would like businesses from other areas to attend.
Skills from the IT, engineering and media sectors are all
essential to the medical and healthcare industries and this
conference will provide a forum for a two-way communication
between providers and customers, resulting in increased business
opportunities for all involved."
The conference will take place on the morning of Wednesday,
May 11. A full programme of events will be released later
in April. Anyone interested in attending should reserve their
place soon by contacting Ros Stollard on 01872 255133, or
by e mail: email@example.com.
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439
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