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20.06.05
Cornwall Business Week kick started with business relocation figures

Cornwall Pure Business, the inward investment programme run by Cornwall Enterprise, Cornwall's economic development division, today kicks off the inaugural 'Cornwall Business Week' with the announcement that since its launch in May 2004 it has facilitated the relocation of 17 businesses to Cornwall, resulting in the creation of more than 212 local jobs.

Cornwall Business Week encompasses a series of activities highlighting the best of what Cornwall offers as a business location and celebrating innovative businesses already in Cornwall. Events include the Cornwall Business Week Networking Forum, which takes place in London on 21st June. This event will see business leaders from across the south east joining Paul Myners, chairman of Marks & Spencer and Guardian Media Group plc and other Cornish business leaders to discuss the prospective implications for businesses relocating from cities such as London to areas like Cornwall.

Strong growth has been achieved in a number of sectors in Cornwall over recent years. These include advanced engineering, life sciences, IT, media and the environmental technology sectors. This has led to firms from outside Cornwall being attracted to join rapidly developing business clusters in Cornwall.

"The Cornish economy is starting to turn the corner. EU Objective One funding is revitalising the county and business relocations from outside of Cornwall over the last year have added substantial value to the Cornish economy,” said Danielle Atkins, inward investment manager at Cornwall Pure Business. "Innovative and dynamic companies operating in sectors such as IT and biotech are being drawn to the county by competitive business conditions and the beautiful environment. Cornwall Business Week will celebrate the contribution they are making to the growth of Cornwall's economy. Our aim through Cornwall Business Week is to prompt more small and medium sized companies to consider Cornwall as a viable business location,” added Atkins.

Cornwall Business Week is an initiative of Cornwall Pure Business, a red carpet service with Objective One investment designed to target and attract inward investment in key sectors of Cornwall's economy. Other organisations involved include actnow broadband and the Combined Universities of Cornwall, both of whom are also Objective One investment projects.

For further press information please contact James Taylor of Bite Communications on 020 8834 3418 or 07796 138291; Jamie Kilduff on 020 8834 3423 or 07973 692081; or Antonia Christie on 020 8834 3450 or 07970 517296; or email: cornwallpurebusiness@bitepr.com.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Cornwall Pure Business through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Editor's notes:

To set up an interview or to obtain photography or B-roll (featuring comment from Lord George, Gaynor Coley MD, The Eden Project and other Cornish business leaders) to accompany this story please contact Bite Communications. Contact details are included at the end of this release.

About Cornwall Pure Business
Cornwall Pure Business, is managed by Cornwall Enterprise, the county council's economic development service, is designed as a red carpet service to target and attract inward investment in key sectors through a co-ordinated one stop service for businesses. The service will bring together all marketing and support activity for inward investment to promote a clear and positive image of the county as a place to do business. Cornwall Pure Business has been developed to work in close liaison with Business Link, the South West of England Regional Development Agency, the Combined Universities in Cornwall and the range of other business support initiatives which are available in the county. Cornwall Pure Business is funded by the Obective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
www.cornwallpurebusiness.co.uk

About Cornwall Enterprise
Cornwall Enterprise is the Economic Development Service for Cornwall County Council, working to achieve sustainable prosperity for all parts of the county. It works in partnership with the key economic development agencies including the South West of England Regional Development Agency, Government Office South West and the Objective One Partnership. Set up in 1999, Cornwall Enterprise has a turnover of over £15 million.
www.cornwallenterprise.co.uk

For further press information please contact
Bite Communications
James Taylor (020 8834 3418 / 07796 138291)
Jamie Kilduff (020 8834 3423 / 07973 692081)
Antonia Christie (020 8834 3450 / 07970 517296)
cornwallpurebusiness@bitepr.com

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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