Keep it Cornish

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Keep it Cornish is about helping Cornwall to bounce forward after lockdown by working together to keep money in Cornwall - and attracting more trade in.

It's also a place for Cornwall's businesses to swap ideas on adapting to the new normal post-lockdown, access training and find the best places to get advice.

Let's help Cornwall accelerate out of the pandemic by choosing Cornish. Let's shop and do business in a more sustainable way - being aware of how production miles affect our carbon footprint. Let's be proud and spread the word about our award winning and accredited Cornish products and services.

Keep it Cornish is about helping Cornwall to bounce forward after lockdown by working together to keep money in Cornwall - and attracting more trade in.

It's also a place for Cornwall's businesses to swap ideas on adapting to the new normal post-lockdown, access training and find the best places to get advice.

Let's help Cornwall accelerate out of the pandemic by choosing Cornish. Let's shop and do business in a more sustainable way - being aware of how production miles affect our carbon footprint. Let's be proud and spread the word about our award winning and accredited Cornish products and services.

  • Win a share of £30,000 funding for your climate change project

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    Do you have an idea or project to help tackle climate change? Do you know of an individual, group or an organisation that does? Would your idea benefit from a share of £30,000 extra funding? Cornwall Council is providing match funding for up to ten projects via Crowdfunder.

    We want to hear from individuals, groups and organisations who are tackling Cornwall's climate emergency head-on and inspiring others in their endeavour to do so! Tell us your idea today – Crowdfunder will provide coaching to selected projects.

    Deadline for entries is 15 July.

    #BackTheFuture: Cornwall Climate Challenge | Crowdfunder UK

  • Don't forget to look at the list of Key events and courses

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    In the right hand column you'll find a list of key events and courses to help your business grow and thrive.

    There are also a host of organisations offering support to new and existing businesses.

    Organisations such as:

    Business Regulatory Support - run by Cornwall Council team can give you advice on how to safely run your business once you can reopen and can also help you through any licensing or regulatory questions you may have.

    Outset - for business start ups

    Growth Hub - offering free, detailed and bespoke advice on how to develop your business, diversify, or upskill.

    Cornwall & IOS Chamber of Commerce

    Federation of Small Businesses

    There are also a number of Business Improvement Districts serving Cornwall who may be able to help you.

    If you have a product or service that is purely 'Made in Cornwall' you could get extra support and exposure through becoming an accredited member.

    Don't be afraid to ask for advice, join networking events or reach out to any of these organisations for help and advice.


  • UK to host G7 Summit in Cornwall

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    Summit will be held in Carbis Bay, Cornwall from 11-13th June 2021

    Prime Ministers and Presidents from the world’s leading democracies will come together in Cornwall in June to address shared challenges, from beating coronavirus and tackling climate change, to ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change and scientific discovery.

    The Prime Minister will use the first in-person G7 summit in almost two years to ask leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener and more prosperous.

    Australia, India and South Korea invited as guest countries

  • Outset Cornwall Launches new podcast series to help start-ups

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    Outset.org is an award-winning national programme of tailored advice and support to help you start, run and grow your business.

    They have just launched a new monthly podcast series - they also run ongoing events and give advice to help you with your business start up.

  • Government Announces £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund

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    SMEs who trade only with the EU and therefore are new to importing and exporting processes are encouraged to apply for grants of up to £2,000 to pay for practical support including training and professional advice. For more information visit the Governments' website.

  • Flexible repayments possible on Bounce Back Loans

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    The British Business Bank have announce details of Pay As You Grow - aimed at helping out small businesses that have taken out the Bounce Back Loans.

    Originally announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in September 2020, Pay As You Grow (PAYG) will enable businesses who have started repaying their Bounce Back Loans to:

    • request an extension of their loan term to 10 years from six years, at the same fixed interest rate of 2.5%
    • reduce their monthly repayments for six months by paying interest only. This option is available up to three times during the term of their Bounce Back Loan
    • take a repayment holiday for up to six months. This option is available once during the term of their Bounce Back Loan.

    Borrowers can use these options individually or in combination with each other[1], and remain responsible for repaying their Bounce Back Loan and fully liable for the debt.

    Lenders will start to communicate Pay As You Grow (PAYG) options to Bounce Back Loan Scheme borrowers three months before repayments commence. Lenders will inform their customers about PAYG directly, so borrowers should wait until they are contacted by their lender before enquiring about the scheme. Lenders will advise customers about how their payment profiles may change according to their choices under the scheme. Businesses first began to receive BBLS loans in May 2020 and the first repayments will become due from May 2021 onwards.

  • £4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs

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    Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000, the Chancellor has announced.

    Keep up to date with the latest information as to how the grants will be distributed locally by visiting Cornwall Council's Lockdown Grants page and find out who is eligible by visiting the Government's news page.

  • UK Brexit Transition Guidance

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    There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate extra arrangements. You can take the following steps to ensure your business is ready. You should prepare now and subscribe to email updates about any extra arrangements. Use the guidance available at www.gov.uk/transition. Cornwall Council have prepared some UK transition business resources below:

    • Deal or no Deal the process for importing goods from the EU will change. Businesses need to follow these actions to continue importing from the EU from 1 January 2021.
    • Webinar for exporters of animals and products of animal origin to the EU. Register for free webinars to learn about what you need to do to export animals, animal products and fish. Hosted by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Book a webinar for exporters of animals and products of animal origin to the EU.
    • Free webinars to help you check the new rules and understand the actions to take for your sector. Hosted by Workcast for the Department for UK Transition. Book a UK Transition Business webinar

    Visit Sector Specific transition information for advice regarding your business type,

  • Government grants now available for businesses

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    Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme

    Businesses that were open as usual, but were then required to close between 5 November and 2 December 2020, due to the national restrictions imposed by government, may be eligible for a Local Restrictions Grant.

    Additional Restrictions Grant

    The government has provided Cornwall Council with additional funds to provide support to businesses affected by this latest lockdown. Those eligible for a grant of up to £3,000 include those businesses that haven’t previously received any financial support and meet the criteria


  • Coronavirus Business Support Group

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    Coronavirus Business Support Group

    Started by Karlie Sommerville, Co-founder of the Ambition Growth Network, this informal Facebook group has over 5,000 members and was set up in response to the need for businesses to discuss their problems and ideas and to motivate each other.

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