actnow Honours the Unsung Heroes
of the Cornish Broadband Revolution
actnow, the pioneering
Objective One partnership project set up to spearhead the
growth of broadband amongst businesses in Cornwall, has instigated
Cornwall's first ever awards scheme to recognise the major
breakthroughs being made by local businesses through use of
broadband and information and communications technology (ICT).
Nominations for the 2005 actnow
awards were invited from Cornish businesses, in five different
categories including 'most innovative use of broadband' and
'most improved business through the use of ICT'. Businesses
shortlisted for an award have been invited to attend a lunch
reception on June 21st at Fistral Blu in Newquay. Winners
of each category will receive a prize worth £500.
The categories are:
1. Most innovative use
of broadband. Shortlisted businesses are The Rosslyn Hotel
(Falmouth), Locally Ltd (Truro), Gaudi's (Truro), DF and MJ
Rider (Truro), Enact Energy (Camborne).
2. Best website. Shortlisted
businesses are The Bear Mill (Redruth), Elixir Healthfoods
(Wadebridge), Hidden House Bulbs (St Austell), Bluefish Promotions
(St Austell) and Audio Therapy DnB Jungle UK (Callington).
3. Most improved business
through the use of broadband and ICT. Shortlisted businesses
are The Financial Advice Centre (Par), Neutralize (Camborne),
Barlows Cycles and Hire (St Austell), Langmans Restaurant
(Callington) and Rally.Nuts.com (Truro).
4. Best agricultural use
of broadband best use of broadband and ICT by a farm
business. Shortlisted businesses are Chyreen Fruit Farm (Truro),
Menawicket Farm (Lostwithiel), Ruses Mill (Launceston), Folly
Farm (Penzance) and J Congdon and Sons (Saltash).
5. Best use of broadband
to improve accessibility. Shortlisted businesses are Spanish
Dreams 2 Reality (Truro), Mor Design (Falmouth), Nalders Solicitors
(Truro), Preston Goldburn Solicitors (Falmouth) and Kimberleys
Estate Agents (Falmouth).
The £20 million actnow partnership was set up in April
2002 with the aim of promoting economic advancement in Cornwall
through the use of broadband technology and ICT. So far, nearly
6000 businesses have received advice and financial assistance
through the project, which has attracted international interest
as it is one of the most successful ever projects designed
to stimulate broadband use.
Nigel Ashcroft, project director of actnow says: "Amongst
the thousands of businesses in Cornwall which are benefiting
from actnow, there are
a few which stand out as really breaking new ground and using
broadband to completely transform their business and the way
they work. It is businesses like these which are the real
heroes. They show what can be achieved and are an inspiration
to others. We want to honour the achievements of these unsung
heroes through the 2005 actnow
It is estimated that nearly 1700 jobs have been created and
that Cornwall's gross domestic product has benefited by more
than £20 million. John Berry, Managing Director of Cornwall
Enterprise, the lead partner in actnow, says: "actnow
is helping to develop a more knowledge based economy that
we see as the future for Cornwall. The businesses which have
been shortlisted for the 2005 actnow awards are the kind of
businesses we want to see more of in the future. They are
leading the way and creating a bright new Cornwall."
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership
in Cornwall said: "actnow
has been one of the major successes of Objective One. It has
brought about a step change in Cornwall meaning thousands
of businesses in the region can now compete globally because
of the high speed Internet access. It is a key project on
the road to a more knowledge-based economy and these rewards
For more information contact Emma Lydon, of actnow on 01209
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall
and the Isles of Scilly has invested in actnow through the
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European
Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
The actnow programme is
a demand-led initiative to encourage businesses in Cornwall
to gain the support they need to move into the new broadband
economy. Including about £5.25 million from Objective
One, it is one of the largest private and public sector partnerships
in Cornwall since the county was granted Objective One status
by the European Union in 2000.
The partnership comprises Cornwall Enterprise, BT, South
West of England Regional Development Agency, Cornwall County
Council, Business Link, Cornwall College and DEFRA.
Broadband operates at much higher speeds than a standard
internet connection with products up to 40 times faster. Products
can be ordered from a range of service providers.
For more information contact Emma Lydon, of actnow,
on 01209 722850.
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439
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