Dream project gets off the ground in Mevagissey
A Cornish couple have received planning support from Business
Link Devon and Cornwall which has enabled them to turn a dream
project into reality.
Susan and Ian Chinn who run a 160 acre dairy farm in Mevagissey
wanted to develop their existing Bed and Breakfast business
to become the farm's main source of revenue. Following
advice and support from Business Link, construction work is
now underway at Polsue Farm to convert existing barns into
a restaurant and cookery school. The building will also offer
more accommodation for guests, comprising of six luxury bedrooms
with spa and swimming pool facilities.
Susan and Ian Chinn plan to run the restaurant with the
help of their son Michael, and are in the process of organising
themed cookery workshops and mini breaks for food lovers.
Susan explained that it has enabled her to turn her passion
for food into a business, "My son and I are both
trained chefs, so initially we're looking at running
the restaurant ourselves. The barn has been renovated beautifully
and has a glass wall overlooking the village of Gorran, so
it would also provide a perfect location for weddings and
other functions. We'll be ready to open this summer
but we would never have achieved it if we hadn't got
in touch with Business Link. We received 50% funding for a
business consultant – James Whilding of Acorus Rural
Property Services Limited, who led us through the whole planning
process and also advised us about the viability of the business
Acorus associate, James Whilding and his colleagues have
been involved with the project from the start and have assisted
the couple with issues such as planning advice and applications,
building regulations, tendering and contract managing the
construction. He thinks the development is a fantastic business
idea, "Susan and Ian have identified their existing
strengths and interests and built upon them to create an excellent
business opportunity. The couple have an immediate advantage
because they're in a popular tourist location. The farmhouse
Bed and Breakfast, which they've been running for some
time, also provides an existing client base for the new business."
The Business Link Rural Business Support Initiative is part
funded by Objective One and DEFRA and can give assistance
to farmers throughout the entire planning process while diversification
developments are taking place on their holding.
Zoe Fox, contract manager with Business Link Devon and Cornwall
said, "Many people are under the impression that
Objective One funds are fully committed but there is still
support available through schemes like this one, which specifically
supports diversification projects which require planning permission."
"Susan and Ian are very enthusiastic about the
plans for the business and it's great to see the work
so close to completion. Many farmers are finding that they
need to reassess their assets in order to maximise their business
potential and finding out more about the kind of help Business
Link can offer them could be enormously beneficial."
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The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested directly in Polsue Farm Barns
through the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund
(EAGGF) and in Business Link through the European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Agricultural Guidance
and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
Business Link provides a free information and enquiry service
via an information gateway on the web www.bldc.co.uk
and via the telephone on 0845 600 9966 to all businesses and
those considering starting a business. Additionally it provides
impartial business advice and support through a network of
partner organisations, which it co-ordinates, and a register
of independent business practitioners. Business Link for Devon
and Cornwall delivers the national Business Link service to
the region under contract from the South West RDA.
Business Link has received Objective One investment (European
Regional Development Fund and EAGGF) to help companies improve
performance and grow.
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