Good Growth Principles

  • C1 Reduction in CO2 emissions 

  • C2 Circularity - reduction in use of virgin raw materials. Recycle reuse principles 

  • G1 Nature recovery 

  • Contribute to the Environmental Growth Strategy for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 

  • G2 Attracting private sector green finance income to Cornwall 

  • BE1 Increase % of workforce earning real living wage 

  • BE2 Improve productivity for businesses in CIoS 

  • BE3 Contribute positively to CIoS economy, environment and equality through purchasing/procurement 

  • EQ1 Invest in projects that encourage a healthy lifestyle 

  • EQ2 Reduce gender pay gap 

  • EQ4 Maximise opportunity for people with disability and ill health (including mental health) 

  • EQ5 Maximise work based opportunities for those with SEND particularly relating to spectrum disorders and dyslexia 

  • EQ6 support for the ageing population to remain economically active 

  • EQ7 Support young (under 30) entrepreneurs 

  • EQ9 Increased capacity and place-based leadership in communities 

  • EQ10 Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not (Equality Act 2010) 

  • EQ11 Assist individuals with complex barriers to employment to access opportunities 

More information and resources


Has your organisation considered its impact on climate change and looked at ways in which you can support a reduction in CO2 emissions through this project to address Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030.
You could consider;
• Energy demand reduction, energy efficiency and low carbon energy sources (especially opportunities for onsite renewable generation e.g., solar and wind), renewable fuel types, lighting options (LED / movement sensitive), build specifications that go beyond the standard levels e.g., insulation.
• Provision of infrastructure, e.g., EV charging points or building performance monitoring equipment.
• Travel planning to reduce the number of vehicle movements.
• Training / raising awareness amongst staff, participants or beneficiaries about how they can reduce their carbon footprint.
• Consider opportunities for mitigation of negative practices where possible to work towards delivering net zero.

What is Net Zero:
SME Climate Hub Calculator:
Carbon Trust:

We encourage all applicants to develop capital build projects in line with the Good Growth vision. All organisations proposing capital builds should consider their construction methods and materials, heat and power generation and storage options, transport connections and contribution to biodiversity net gain. The following resources provide valuable guidance:
• Climate Emergency Development Plan Document (DPD) - encourages better development that uses less energy. Developing buildings that survive future climate change and that help protect the planet. This document is currently being reviewed by the Planning Inspectorate.
• BREEAM Standard - : How BREEAM Works - BRE Group
• RIBA Sustainable Outcomes Guide (
• UKGBC Advancing Net Zero Framework

In designing your project how have you considered circular thinking. This could include:

  • Reducing waste, consider zero landfill policies, onsite composters;
  • Improved resource efficiency, utilising recycled / reuse principles, reduction in use of virgin raw materials;
  • Reducing food waste;
  • Training of staff;
  • How is resource efficiency communicated to your customers. What channels do you give them to improve their own resource efficiency e.g., compostable / recycled packaging.

What is the circular Economy:

How does your organisation consider its impact on the natural environment and the ways in which you can support nature recovery through this project. If your project involves development, then ensure that you build with nature in mind by integrating nature, including through green infrastructure, sustainable drainage and wildlife friendly features, e.g.:

  • Protect and create natural functioning habitats to generate biodiversity gain;
  • Provide wildlife corridors (green and blue) to allow wildlife movements;
  • Blurred boundary design to patchwork habitats.

If your project involves use of a building or land that is not being developed, still consider how you could enhance it to be more nature-friendly through:

  • Installing creature features e.g., bird or bat boxes, insect hotels or bee bricks;
  • Creating wildflower meadows;
  • Creating a wildlife pond;
  • Nature-friendly lighting;
  • Pollinator-friendly mowing regimes;
  • Appropriate tree planting;
  • Stopping the use of artificial pesticides and/or wider land-management improvements.

Your application might include surveys and management plan development for your enterprise premises. Wildlife Trust guide

Useful Links: on-how-the-scheme-will-work/local-nature-recovery-more-information-on-how-the- scheme-will-work  

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Environmental Growth Strategy provides a long-term framework, not just to conserve the environment, but to expand natural habitats. There are 10 pillars for action to provide a foundation for a green recovery, does your project impact positively on any of these 10 pillars? Full details on the CIOS Environmental Growth Strategy can be found here: CIOS Environmental Growth Strategy

  • Nature recovery, regeneration and carefully managed and appropriate reintroductions;
  • Natural climate solutions;
  • Clean air;
  • Clean water;
  • Marine health;
  • Waste and resources;
  • Economic and social wellbeing. Green jobs, social prescribing;
  • Access to nature;
  • Sustainable Food;
  • Governance, Leadership and Community.

All organisations receiving SPF funding must pay all employees the Real Living Wage or be committed to implementing the Real Living Wage by the end of their project/the programme. All jobs created through the SPF Programme and claimed as an output must be paid the Real Living Wage. Through delivery of the programme this will increase the % of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly workforce earning the Real Living Wage.

Business productivity in Cornwall is below the national average, the vision for SPF is that all projects will contribute to improving our current baseline. Consider how your project will contribute to this vision:

  • For single business applicants consider how your project will make your business more efficient, for example by increasing turnover, reducing manufacturing times, investing in your workforce e.g. through training and development. Where possible please provide a numerical measure; a simple input over output calculation is sufficient.
  • For larger projects supporting multiple businesses explain what improvement your project will have at sector level.

Office for National Statistics Productivity Calculator articles/howproductiveisyourbusiness/2018-07-06


It is intended that the benefits of SPF should spread further than just the project itself. Through purchasing and procurement activity there is an opportunity to have a wider impact on Good Growth for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Does your project procurement support other local businesses, support nature recovery by avoiding purchasing damaging products, has resource efficiency featured in discussions with your suppliers. How have you built circular thinking and CO2 emissions into purchasing and procurement?

Have you looked at ways in which your project could encourage and create healthy lifestyle choices for communities and individuals. This could include:

  • Access to green and blue space;
  • Healthy food;
  • Healthy workplace initiatives;
  • Provision of health and wellbeing training;
  • Active leisure;
  • Active travel;
  • Social prescribing. health-interventions-employer-toolkit resources-and-support/

Has your business made any adjustments to facilitate the recruitment and / or retention of individuals who have disclosed a disability and / or long-term health condition. This may include issues around mental health or SEND particularly spectrum disorders or dyslexia.

What changes have you implemented to make your organisation more inclusive, or to attract and retain a more diverse workforce? E.g., Changes in recruitment practices, new policies around health and wellbeing, flexi working, maternity and family friendly provision etc. with-health-conditions/employing-disabled-people-and-people-with-health-conditions work#gref

Have you considered how your project could support the aging population to remain economically active or support the young to become economically active. Will your project support young entrepreneurs and assist individuals with complex barriers to employment?

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