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Pop-Up Innovation Centre opens in Penzance

Business Innovation Experts at Acceleration Through Innovation (ATI) have announced that they will be moving their Pop-up Innovation Centre to Penzance in the Spring. As of the 5thMarch, the new Penzance Pop-up Innovation Centre will open on the high street at 35 Market Street.

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Latest Quarterly Economic Survey released by Cornwall Chamber of Commerce

The latest Quarterly Economic Survey is now live and ready to capture the voice of business in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on the key areas of the economy.  This is your opportunity to tell it how it is when it comes to the way the economy impacts your business in the Duchy.

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Businesses in Cornwall urged to get Brexit ready

Guidance for businesses on how to prepare for trading in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit has been released today by Cornwall Council, the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, and the Federation of Small Businesses.

Thousands to be lost by levy losers
Employers with a wage bill in excess of £3m may be at risk of losing thousands, warns Apprenticeship expert, with the first 24 month expiry period of Apprenticeship Levy funds fast approaching in April 2019.
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Ditch paper receipts – as VAT goes digital

Finance and accounting decision makers have admitted they lose paper receipts as HMRC encourages businesses to join Making Tax Digital.

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Innovative ideas to change the world: new business funding

Innovate UK Smart funding launches with £20 million grant competition for ambitious projects that could disrupt a global industry or market.

 

New government funding – available from today – will help UK businesses to turn their game-changing ideas into major commercial successes.

Smart grants are the latest programme from Innovate UK to de-risk innovation and enable business growth. Since 2007, organisations have benefitted from £2.5 billion of Innovate UK support, which has helped to create around 70,000 jobs and add an estimated £18 billion to the UK economy.

Ian Campbell, Interim Executive Chair of Innovate UK said:

New business ideas have the potential to improve and transform people’s lives, industries and the world.

Our Smart grant funding is designed for businesses with great innovative ideas, and the capacity and appetite to achieve significant growth.

Projects that are awarded Innovate UK Smart grants will follow a long line of businesses to gain success following funding support.

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Cornwall Chamber of Commerce partners with Bloom

Cornwall Chamber of Commerce has announced its new business partner today – Bloom Procurement Services

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Architect firm gets a revamp following support from Growth & Skills Hub

Launceston based architects Parkes Lees have taken advantage of the support offered by the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth & Skills Hub to develop an exciting new direction for their practice.

Interior Design Studio – Brings Global Brand experience to the South West
Interior Design studio Megan Sadler has widened her reach to Cornwall. Experienced in with working with renowned designers on high profile projects that have featured in national and international publications, the studio specialises in working with brands to successfully grow their retail/ commercial physical spaces.
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SSE Cornwall Lloyds Trade Up Programme

SSE Cornwall is looking for people who have been running a social enterprise, charity or impact project for at least a year, with an income of more than £15,000 per year.

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61% of Brits are worried the high street will disappear in the next 10 years

New research by KIS Finance has revealed that consumers are worried the high street is going to be lost completely due to the current store closures in the news. 

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The whole organisation is a customer service center – not everyone knows it yet!

Customer experience is today’s number one USP and it’s revolutionizing the way we do business. While the contact center remains the catalyst for service excellence, every single department must play its part. Rob Clarke at Teleopti sheds light on a few golden rules for corporate-wide customer service.

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Commercial Disputes are costing small businesses £11.6 billion per year

Commercial disputes are reportedly costing small businesses up to £11.6bn a year in litigation fees, the Federation of Small Businesses has reported. These hefty costs are said to have affected 70% of SME’s between 2010 and 2015. 

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Investors prefer ‘disruptive’ start-ups, but give them less money

Entrepreneurs pitching ‘disruptive’ start-ups are 22% more likely to get funding, but receive 24% less investment than less risky ventures, according to new research from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

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SMEs blow £100K+ annually on recruitment fees, even when not growing headcount

Companies with a headcount of 250 shell out, on average, £116,545 a year on recruitment agency fees - even if they are not increasing headcount.

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Age Discrimination Blamed as Biggest Obstacle for Getting Back into Employment

Research reveals strong call to action for recruitment industry, HRs and business owners to give better guidance to those out of work; offer careers counselling, advice on CVs, interview technique and feedback after interviews.

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Want committed employees? Try helping them to belong

A sense of belonging is just as important a retention tool as good pay and benefits, according to Dr Ali Fenwick of Nyenrode Business University.

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New apprenticeship to enhance businesses efficiency

A new apprenticeship has been introduced to help combat the incredible £15 billion lost each year due to accidents and ill health in Britain.

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Monty Halls to speak at Developing Leaders Conference

CCB Training, part of the Cornwall College Group, has announced motivational speaker Monty Halls will be headlining its Developing Leaders conference.

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Free Hotdesking for any British Chambers of Commerce South West Members

CEOs from Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset Chambers of Commerce and Business West in Bristol offer free desk space to all members of the wider economic region, the Great South West

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Record number of enquiries from start-ups in January 

We're delighted to see a record rise in the number of enquiries from start-up and pre start-up businesses.

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Businesses in Cornwall urged to get Brexit ready

Guidance for businesses on how to prepare for trading in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit has been released today by Cornwall Council, the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, and the Federation of Small Businesses.

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