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 shutdown 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 - and let's give credit to those businesses who stepped forward to help the vulnerable during the Covid19 crisis.

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 shutdown 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 - and let's give credit to those businesses who stepped forward to help the vulnerable during the Covid19 crisis.

Keep it Cornish stories

Has your businesses adapted to meet the challenges you faced during lockdown or since reopening?  Have you changed what products your sell or how you sell them? 

Do you ensure your supply chains are as Cornish as possible? Do you intend to in the future? 

Did your business provide help to vulnerable people in our community during lockdown? 

Please share you experiences; photos and videos of how your business is bouncing forward - and inspire others to do the same.

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    Wedding Photography in the Pandemic in Cornwall

    by Alchemy Photography, 4 days ago

    Alchemy Photography has been a wedding photographer in Cornwall for almost 10 years now and we have photographed nearly 500 weddings. Situated in Delabole North Cornwall we mainly cover weddings in Cornwall.

    We also offer commercial photography, property, landscape and family portraits.

    We have photographed around a dozen weddings since lockdown was lifted and in many ways the ceremony, the emotion and the feel of the wedding seemed little changed to normal. The obvious changes being masks, social distancing and the resticted numbers were apparent but for the couple it was still a lovely occasion and more intimate.

    We've seen... Continue reading

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    Ethically Sourced Artisan Made

    by The Upcycled Home Co, 8 days ago

    We opened The Upcycled Home Co seven years ago. Situated in The Barrow Centre Mount Edgcumbe Country Park on the Rame Peninsula we are open 5 days a week offering a fabulous array of gifts and interior ideas.

    Our core ethos is to support over 200 small businesses and artisan makers including Locally made, British made and Global Fair Trade offering our customers a range of ethical and sustainable products.

    We are compliant with all CV19 regulations including locally made hand sanitiser, one way systems and screens, we even sell locally made masks!

    As part of Mental Health Awareness we... Continue reading

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    “All under one roof” enables SAPC to receive Made in Cornwall accreditation

    by St Austell Printing Company, about 2 months ago

    Two prominent advocates of Cornwall have presented St Austell Printing Company with a special accreditation, recognising their commitment to manufacturing in the County.

    (Photo taken pre-lockdown restrictions)

    The family-run company has become the only printing company to be awarded the “Made in Cornwall” accreditation as part of the official Cornwall Council scheme, which recognises businesses who manufacture their products in the County.

    Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall and St Austell Mayor Cllr Tim Styles were invited on a tour of the sustainable factory on the outskirts of St Austell. Here they met members of the SAPC team... Continue reading

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    Local Shopper.

    by LindsayS, about 2 months ago
    I don't have a business but always try to shop local for environmental reasons. I think small independents are always at a disadvantage because of business rates and the 'proximity' to government of the big supermarkets. It is a total myth that stuff is cheaper in the big stores. They have 'loss leaders' where they screw the Farmers. Their practices are appalling and they take no heed of bad harvests. Going to big stores tends to rely on car ownership too and encourages short, polluting journeys.


    The independents looked after people do well during lockdown, they deserve a boost now... Continue reading

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    Noticing.

    by bookmark, about 2 months ago

    I noticed whilst shut throughout lockdown that Instagram was the chosen way to contact me, therefore i was selling more to a much younger customer believing the usual customer may be shielding and not out daily walking and browsing my shop window. I thought whilst the students or staff are off or furloughed they must be reading more? Knowing my industry very well I decided upon opening up again to dress the window accordingly and so now have a new crowd with a love for reading and browsing my shop. They've discovered beauty maybe of the quirkiness and smell of... Continue reading

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    Retraining

    by Adrian Swall, 2 months ago

    Two months ago, I contacted three local fencing contractors to request an estimate for work to be carried out at my property. The first one ignored my request. The second one promised to visit, but failed to materialise. The third one promised to give me a quotation but not for at least six weeks, owing to pressure of work. Ten weeks later, I’m still waiting, I live in hope, but it seems that, at the age of 75, I am going to have to tackle the job myself.

    This situation has nothing to do with the current pandemic, or its... Continue reading

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    Goods by rail not road

    by Tony in Truro, 2 months ago

    Surely there will be huge savings in the emissions of Green House gases if most goods transported to and from Cornwall came by electrified rail in stead of by road. Electrifying the rail links has to be a near future must.

    Is this something to plan for? What I am suggesting is Cornwall Council could think about having preliminary talks with Networkrail about creating a Rail Freight Hub (or Hubs) in Cornwall.

    If a Rail Freight Hub is sensible then locating possible sites is something which could be done sooner rather than later and should be relatively cheap to undertake.

    ... Continue reading

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    Starting A Film Production Company In A Pandemic

    by Ed Smit, 3 months ago

    The three of us sat, in silence, staring at each other through the screens of our laptops… “so,

    what are we gonna do?” Max asked the group tentatively. This was the question on most

    people's lips as they were faced with the largest disruption to normality since the Second World

    War. Life had come to a grinding halt. There would be no meetings over a morning coffee, no

    traveling to far-flung locations, and certainly no film making. We were to be imprisoned in our

    homes wielding whatever imagination we could to keep the dream of our Cornish film production

    company... Continue reading

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    Since when has Mears been Cornish ?

    by DK, 3 months ago

    I am horrified to read that yet again Cornwall Council has brought in contractors without consultation for huge sums of money ! Mears the worse that could happen to Cornwall ! Then you tell the community to keep it local .Very disappointed that yet again Cornwall Council preaches to the Locals but make deals that does not support Cornwall. I am aware this post will not make it to the forum because this is not really an open discussion is it ?

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    Keeping Cornish gardens and gardeners refreshed!

    by Linda Lawlor, 3 months ago

    Gardening has never been more important to body, mind and soul and so, Bodmin Nursery has worked tirelessly throughout lock-down to get plants, compost & garden sundries to those who needed them. As a local grower, the nursery had all the stock it needed, the challenge was to reach customers in a new way. So, our unfuloughed team manned the phones, worked through emails and production assistants morphed into delivery drivers! Our wonderful customers have cheered us on all the way both during lock-down and once re-open. Bodmin Nursery continues to offer a delivery service to those in need as... Continue reading