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European funding expected to shape the future of Cornwall

By WBKatri  |  Posted: May 21, 2013

Next round of European funding expected to shape the future of Cornwall

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CORNWALL and the Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is calling on local residents, businesses and the voluntary and community sectors from across the county to help shape the future of the region as it lines up for future European funding.

The new programme, which will run from 201 to 2020 and which follows the Objective One Programme (2000-2006) and the present Convergence Programme (2007-2013), will be part of an ‘EU Growth Programme’.

It will be financed by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) with a contribution from European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

It is hoped to help businesses and organisations to achieve their growth potential and create high quality career opportunities.

Chris Pomfret, chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, said: “The next round of funding comes at an exciting time for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Thanks to Objective One and Convergence we have heavily invested in both physical and knowledge based infrastructure so small and medium sized enterprises are now poised to take full advantage of the next programme’s benefits.

“I would encourage everyone to engage with the consultation exercise so we can capture the widest range of opinions possible in shaping our proposals. We’re unlikely to see this kind of programme again and we need to make the most of it. We are already home to a wide range of cutting edge investments; the LEP wants to send out the message that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is open for business, and that business is forward thinking and innovative.

“Based on a sound assessment of our potential and coupled with the ingenuity of our top thinkers and achievers, we want to use this next EU programme to leave a truly inspiring legacy.”

The LEP and its partners will develop the Structural and Investment Fund Strategy through the summer to help inform national input to a partnership agreement. The LEP will be consulting the Cornish community by opening up the consultation to all sectors to get the broadest opinions possible.

Cornwall Council’s interim chief executive Paul Masters added: “With the next programme coming together we look forward to the LEP working with partners to showcase the region as an exemplar of how to make the most of European funding.

“Cornwall Council is committed to thinking big. Looking back just over the Convergence Programme with the infrastructure which has been built and the innovative business support programmes, it is important that businesses and organisations in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are ready for the opportunities the new Programme will bring.”

A consultation exercise is open now until 30 June 2013.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  May 21 2013, 9:31PM

    Some people here keep saying that it is only our money that we are getting back but that presumes that the UK government would have given it to Cornwall in the first place.

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  • jimjams2011  |  May 21 2013, 8:24PM

    Dearest Dipstick, perhaps you need to educate yourself further about the constitutional status of Cornwall? The Duchy Charters of 1337 indicate that Cornwall should not be thought of as part of part of England. In fact the English have always been foreign to the Cornish. Writing in 1616, diplomat Arthur Hopton stated: "England is... divided into 3 great Provinces, or Countries... every of them speaking a several and different language, as English, Welsh and Cornish." In the Cornwall Foreshore Case 1858 the Duchy of Cornwall affirmed "that at the time of the conquest (1066) Cornwall itself was a great seignory (a sovereign authority) in the hands of a Lord independent of the (English) Crown and this great seignory has continued to exist from that time to the present (1858).This some 141 years after the union. The EU recognises the distinct cultural identity of the cornish people as a repressed people that the English have been commiting cultural genocide against for many many years. As we are distinct from England (and should be thought of again in the future) The Cornish People are getting a lot more out of the EU than we are put in. If the English are losing money that they pay, so be it. I would consider that restitution. The Scottish are losing money from their nation than the UK puts in, so its swings and roundabouts for the English really isn't it. The colonial days are over. Its about time the wrongs on our island were put right.

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  • DipStick  |  May 21 2013, 5:44PM

    @daritedan: """Also, a day or two ago, some of the leading industrialists in the country warned what would happen to our economy if we left the EU."""" And a load of cobblers that was. They all wanted the 'status quo' because they are/have been up to their necks in the EU and its gravy train. A helpful list of some of those "leading industrialists" for you ... Roland Rudd – corporate lobbyist for multinational firms and campaigner for Britain's membership of the single currency which he still believes in. Richard Branson – non domiciled, campaigned for Britain to join the Euro and wants a single European army. Martin Sorrell – Chief executive of advertising agency WPP – Roland Rudd's boss who owns Rudd's Finsbury PR. Dame Helen Alexander – former chief executive of the Economist. Lord Kerr – Foreign Office and UKREP career as a diplomat who helped draft the EU constitution. Sir Andrew Cahn – career civil servant and worked for Lord Kinnock at the EU Commission, who infamously with his wife Glenys received more than £10 million in pay, allowances and pension entitlements during their time working at the European Union in Brussels. Sir Nigel Sheinwald – non exec director of Shell, who brokered the 'deal in the desert' between Tony Blair and former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Sir Roger Carr – Chairman of Centrica who criticises business for their "greed" while hiking energy costs. Outgoing President of the Euro-loving CBI. Not biased in the slightest then! Just because they're rich and/or famous doesn't mean that what they want is best for the rest of us!!! DS

  • Daritedan  |  May 21 2013, 3:32PM

    willythefish. Part of the reason I appear to be sneering (although I feel I am being ironic) is the complete nonsense written and talked about the EU by UKIP and anti EU people. The most quoted one is the bent bananas which is utter tosh but is fervently believed by the anti EU people without ever checking the facts. The same goes for many other anti EU myths purported by UKIP that are just pure propaganda. Check out this website: http://tinyurl.com/yboz4s3 The story above about the EU distributing money to Cornwall is a case in point. If we were out of the EU would any of that money come to Cornwall from a UK government? I don't think so. Recently, the EU launched a fierce inquiry into petrol price fixing, the UK government had washed over the subject up to that point. Also, a day or two ago, some of the leading industrialists in the country warned what would happen to our economy if we left the EU. All the above drew no comments from the anti EU crowd (perhaps it was too inconvenient). We may not be as vociferous or crass in our views but, surprisingly, there are quite a few of us that support our membership of the EU and feel there are more important things going on that is distracting us... the imminent privatisation of the NHS for instance!

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  • DipStick  |  May 21 2013, 12:38PM

    @jimjams2011: seems you need to educate yourself on how the world works. Any money from the "EU" (oh, Europe and the EU are NOT the same. Europe is a continent, the EU is a political construct) has to come from us first. So instead of government bureaucracy wasting 'some' of our own tax monies before handing 'some' it back based on current political thinking in the UK we have this PLUS the EU bureaucracy wasting more before handing 'some' of it back based on current EU political thinking. I'll leave it to you to figure out what the problem is. If you can't then you deserve all you get! DS

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  • willythefish  |  May 21 2013, 11:18AM

    @ Daritedan If, instead of sneering and advertising your ignorance in public, you were to visit the UKIP web site, your questions would be answered. http://tinyurl.com/yd4lb77 There... easy really, isn't it?

  • Daritedan  |  May 21 2013, 11:00AM

    Oh gosh, I hadn't realised, all the UK ills are because we are in the EU. It's all so simple, fill in the channel tunnel build a wall all along the coast and all UK's troubles will disappear. By the way, apart from getting out of the EU, remind of UKIPS policies on er, anything??????

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  • BradleyJJS  |  May 21 2013, 10:19AM

    More ammo for UKIP, it surrounds us the massive waste Europe brings playing at being a federal state

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  • josdave  |  May 21 2013, 7:58AM

    For EU money read UK taxpayers money. For every pound we get from Europe we have paid in at least twice that amount.

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  • sitting_duck  |  May 20 2013, 11:33PM

    Yes, german imperialist state confiscates our taxes, then gives us some pocket money back. The pot could be much larger if the beurocrats weren't feeding from the trough.