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02.06.06
Royal Cornwall Show Invitation

The Objective One Partnership will be at this year's Royal Cornwall Show (Stand 76) and as part of the celebration of Programme success there will be exciting exhibits, interesting people to meet and brand new project announcements.

Also in the marquee will be representatives and exhibits from some of the key projects involved in the journey towards a better economy that has been going on since the Objective One Programme began in 2000. This will include the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC), Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP) and actnow.

The CUC is the Objective One flagship project, enabling a major expansion of university-level education and research in Cornwall. Unlocking Cornish Potential builds on the CUC by placing graduates with businesses in the region. actnow is the project that was spearheaded by a partnership led by Cornwall Enterprise and British Telecom and has meant the roll out of high speed broadband internet access across 99% of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

As well as the organised events there will be UCP graduates on hand to talk and give demonstrations including showing the capabilities of a high tech waterproof fleece, health testing, slide skating (skateboarding) and sewage screens. The latest issue of Stranger Magazine will also be launched at the stand. actnow will have laptop computers to demonstrate wireless connections and CUC will be exhibiting a prototype robot designed for the mining industry.

As well as at this stand, other Objective One projects and partners will be putting on events throughout the three-day show. For instance the Cornwall Agricultural Council Development Team will have its own stand (414), the Eden Project will be on stand 272 and Seafood Cornwall, on 410, will be showcasing pollack and mackerel with cookery demonstrations and free tastings. Taste of the West and Organic South West (jointly on 399 in the WFU Food and Farming Pavilion, and OSW on 414) will be hosting a number of produce related events.

For further information please contact Clare Morgan on 01872 223439 / 07973 813647 or email: cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly began in 2000. The investment will flow until 2008 but all projects must be approved by the end of this year (2006).

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Editor's notes:

Events at the Objective One Partnership marquee number 76:

Thursday June 8th

10.30 am
Unlocking Cornish Potential. This will be a new announcement about brand new, future investment for this highly successful project and will involve current UCP graduates talking about their work in Cornwall.

2.00 pm
Launch of Eden Project's tea performance, which will then be performed at Eden for the rest of the season.

Friday June 9th

11.25-11.40 am
Visit by David Brewer, Lord Mayor of the City of London. This is part of "The City Comes to Cornwall Day". Mary Watkins, Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Plymouth will also be on the stand on Thursday morning and she will be available to talk to the media about the advances in health-related education in Cornwall via the Knowledge Spa.

2.00 pm
An exciting announcement involving investment in the groundbreaking Agrifood Innovation Centre being built at Duchy College, Stoke Climsland. This centre, which is part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative, will be a huge boost for all areas of local food production.

For further information please contact the Objective One Communications Team, Tel: 01872 223439 / 07973 813647, Email: cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly began in 2000.The investment will flow until 2008 but all projects must be approved by the end of this year (2006). To date more than £336 million of Objective One has been approved for more than 800 projects. This money is match funded. These projects, which have received investment from four funds (agricultural, fisheries, social and regional development) are grouped into ten key investment clusters which are:

The way to work
Training and skills
Local produce and added value
Digital infrastructure
Infrastructure
Business support
Public realm
Sites and premises
The knowledge economy
Tourism

It has been confirmed that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are eligible for a Convergence programme that will follow on from the current Objective One programme. Although the exact details have yet to be finalised it is already clear that there will be a number of differences between Convergence and Objective One. The agricultural / rural and fisheries investments of the Objective One programme will become part of mainstream national programmes. Because Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have qualified for a Convergence programme it looks very probable that there will be 'ring-fenced' budgets for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly within the national rural and fish programmes.

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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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