Cornwall and Isles of Scilly achieving EU growth aims
The European Commission has this week published its new Annual
Progress Report on the Lisbon Strategy and identified four
priorities for action - investment in education, research
and innovation; unlocking the potential of small businesses;
employment policies to get people into work; and promoting
secure and sustainable energy.
The ambition of the European Union is to become one of the
most productive and competitive world economies, rivalling
that of the USA. This ambition is laid out in the Lisbon Strategy
which influences government policy and structural fund programmes
such as Objective One and the forthcoming Convergence.
On delivering the report on Wednesday January 25th Commission
President José Manuel Barroso, said: "My
overall message is clear, it is time to move up a gear. Our
ambition is clear. We are aiming for top-class universities,
highly trained and educated workforces, strong social security
and pensions systems, the most competitive industries and
the cleanest environment."
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership,
said: "The analysis by the European Commission confirms
the start made by Objective One in regenerating the economy
of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
"Objective One investment has helped to create
the Combined Universities in Cornwall and support businesses
with advice, investment, IT infrastructure and the creation
of environmentally friendly workspace, and encourages people
into work via training and other support."
'Education, research and innovation' is one
of the top priorities for Objective One in Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly. The Combined Universities in Cornwall, a
partnership of Cornwall's colleges as well as the Universities
of Exeter and Plymouth, has been cited as an exemplar across
the EU. Alongside the university come business incubation
units (at Tremough and the Knowledge Spa), research facilities
and schemes to ensure graduates work with the region's
Objective One also champions new ways of working including
The Core at Eden which is home to Eden's visitor interpretation
and burgeoning schools education initiatives; and actnow the
innovative public private broadband IT partnership.
Business expansion with greater productivity and therefore
higher salaries are being encouraged through initiatives including
the CUC research fund for businesses, Business Link, South
West Investment Group (SWIG) and Finance Cornwall.
The Education Business Partnership (EBP) encourages entrepreneurship
from an early age. EBP is part of Cornwall County Council's
Children, Young People and Families Service and works with
schools and colleges to stay at the forefront of developments
in delivering vocational education, work related learning
and enterprise education. Business, enterprise, and work is
used as a focus for learning.
This work also includes the essential skills and qualities
needed to support lifelong learning, employability, enterprise
and entrepreneurship and innovation.
David Smith, EBP spokesman, said: "This approach
provides the foundation and means for young people, and Cornwall
to succeed in a rapidly changing, high skill, knowledge based
economy in which we live."
Securing sustainable energy has been a key part of the quality
agenda for built development. This includes workspace at Callington
and Tolvaddon Energy Park as well as community-led developments
at Pendeen and Blisland.
The environmentally smart features at Callington workshops
include an earth energy ducted air heating and cooling system;
a wind-dam electricity generator; energy efficient lighting
with movement and daylight sensors and carpets made from recycled
For further information please contact Clare Morgan on 01872
223439 or email: email@example.com.
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