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Penryn company creates 20 new jobs after receiving £380,000 grant

By WBCraig  |  Posted: January 18, 2014

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(l-r): Peter Newell, finance director at Kernow Coatings; David Armstrong, corporate finance director at Francis Clark, and Kevin Boyes, operations director at Kernow Coatings

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A PENRYN company is creating up to 20 new jobs after receiving a £380,000 grant.

Kernow Coatings designs and manufactures graphics materials, mostly for the retail market in Europe and the US.

The Grant for Business Investment funding is part of a £960,000 expansion.

The government grant will help the 40-year-old company increase capacity and develop new products.

The company, which employs 90 staff, is taking on up to 20 more people across the business to support its growth plans.

Kevin Boyes, operations director at Kernow Coatings, said: “Securing this grant has been a real boost because it’s a vote of confidence in our achievements to date and our plans for future growth.

“This significant investment will support our ambition to expand our overseas trading and harness the technology and staff skills we need to fulfil our long term ambitions.”

The business said it initially had reservations about applying for grant funding and welcomed the support of the Francis Clark team.

Mr Boyes said: “Your heart can sink a bit at the prospect of having to fill out paperwork and put together a case for funding because, when you are busy, it is challenging to dedicate resource to an application with no indication of whether you will get a return for your efforts.”

The company is being guided through the expansion by the grants team at accountants Francis Clark.

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