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New regulatory regime from Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership and Cornwall Council helps Cornish firms find export markets

By West Briton  |  Posted: July 31, 2014

Catherine Mead and Sarah Barnes, from Lynher Dairies.

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A CORNISH cheese is hitting dining tables in the US thanks to a new initiative.

Tapping into the American market with its Yarg has helped cheesemaker Lynher Dairies achieve a 12 per cent growth each year.

It has been helped by Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership's new project with businesses and regulatory services at Cornwall Council called Better Business for All.

Lynher Dairies, at Ponsanooth, was inspected by representatives of the US Food and Drug Administration, with assistance from Cornwall Council's public protection and business support food safety officers, before being approved to export its Cornish Yarg.

Lynher Dairies' technical manager Sarah Barnes said: "We have always been very well supported and advised by our local environmental health officers, when they visit to carry out routine food inspections and through invaluable email and phone recommendations.""

Lynher Dairies processes more than 200 tons of handmade cheese per year using milk from its own cows and those from selected local farms.

Businesses across Cornwall are being urged to feed back on their experiences of working with local regulators and to suggest one thing they would change if they could.

And Better Business for All aims to take a business-led approach to improving regulation and show how working with regulators can save businesses time and money, improve competitiveness and help them grow. It will also encourage more businesses in Cornwall to seek advice from regulators.

Better Business for All will make it quicker and easier for businesses to comply with the law and ensure regulatory staff better understand them.

And businesses across Cornwall are being urged to share their experiences of regulation through a questionnaire at www.business-pulse.co.uk

Plans include easier access to information, single points of contact, training for regulatory staff and lobbying Government to change legislation.

LEP board director Simon Tregoning said: "We need businesses to tell us what they really think, warts and all.

"Their views will be vital in helping us to improve how regulatory services are delivered in Cornwall."

Mark Luxton, assistant head of public protection and business support at Cornwall Council, said: "Businesses are sometimes afraid of seeking our advice so we want to spread the word that contacting us for help can save you time and money and help you comply with the law. Talk to us first – we are here to help."

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