“If we put strict limits on immigration the Cornish horticultural industry is finished.”

Cornwall Council and the LEP recently submitted a response to a call for evidence from the Government’s Migration Advisory Committee. The research was based on a business survey, site visits, feedback from business and public sector bodies and national and local data sources.

Cornwall Council is calling on the Government to “make sure future migration laws deliver the right skills for the Cornish economy to prosper after we exit the EU” –  with new research showing that Cornish farms are already unable to fully harvest crops this year due to a sharp fall in migrant labour.

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Recent research commissioned by Cornwall Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership found changes to migration laws after Brexit could lead to multi-million pound losses to the Cornish economy if the horticultural industry can’t access the skills and workforce it needs.  The research found that following the Brexit vote, recruitment immediately became more difficult for horticultural farms, harvests could not be lifted in full and staffing requirements were already dwindling to 65% of need.

Around 17,000 EU nationals are estimated to be living and working in Cornwall –  approximately three per cent of the total population.  There is no evidence that migrant labour is displacing the local workforce.

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David Simmons of Riviera Produce, one of the biggest producers in Cornwall predicted dire impacts: “If we put strict limits on Eastern European migrant labour or devise alternative immigration policies that limit so-called ‘low-skilled’ labour, the Cornish horticultural industry is finished.”

Council Leader Adam Paynter called for Government to take a place-based approach to future migration and workforce. “Many of our major industries such as horticulture could be severely impacted and are already feeling the pinch with some of our crops rotting in the fields following a sharp fall in the number of EU workers.

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Adam Paynter

“We are working with local partners to improve skills and employment for local people, but there will always be an important place in the Cornish economy for seasonal and migrant workers, particularly in the horticultural industry. We are calling on the Government to take a place-based approach to future migration, to make sure that the Cornish economy has access to skills which may not be highly valued in London but which are vital to a major rural economy like ours”.

Sandra Rothwell, Cheif Exec CIOS LEP

Sandra Rothwell, chief executive of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership said: “What this study demonstrates is that there are parts of the Cornish economy that are heavily reliant on migrant labour and that any  emerging policy on movement of EU nationals must take this into account. We cannot afford a one-size fits all solution or the continued uncertainty that has already started to blight the labour market.”

‘Strong Investor interest’ in Spaceport Cornwall after New Mexico trip

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A trade mission to North America has reported strong interest from potential investors in a spaceport in Cornwall.

The delegation, led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), met with a number of potential investors last week and visited spaceport facilities in California and New Mexico.

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Type of launcher that could operate from Spaceport Cornwall

The LEP is leading a bid to establish a spaceport at Cornwall Airport Newquay in response to a Government drive to have a commercial launch facility in the UK by 2020.

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The £30,000 cost of the trip was paid for out of the LEP budget for investment.

The spaceport could offer horizontal take-off facilities for satellite launches, research missions and human space flight, with space tracking capabilities available from Goonhilly Earth Station.

Sandra Rothwell

Sandra Rothwell, chief executive of the LEP, was part of the delegation that visited the US.

She said: “We’ve got strong interest from potential spaceport operators and investors who view Cornwall as an ideal location to access the European commercial space market for horizontal satellite launch, spaceflight research and human spaceflight.

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“This isn’t a case of building a spaceport in the hope that they’ll come. What we are discussing are enhancing our airport facilities for specific operators and the wider supply chain, with the bulk of investment coming from private businesses who want a foothold in Europe.


“It’s clear from what we have seen that the sector is well advanced and this gives us confidence there is a real market we can tap in to. What’s really exciting are the wider supply chain opportunities because these operators will need businesses to be co-located in Cornwall. That could include all sorts of aerospace-related activity from jet propulsion testing to manufacturing, as well as tech companies exploring the satellite market for things like agritech and mining.”

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Council Leader Adam Paynter

Adam Paynter, Leader of Cornwall Council, was also part of last week’s delegation. He said: “Commercial spaceflight is a huge opportunity for Cornwall and these operators are serious about being able to access new markets from Newquay.


“The Council owns the airport and is keen to build on the success of the Aerohub Enterprise Zone which offers tax breaks for investors and supports hundreds of skilled, well-paid jobs.”

Following the delegation a number of return visits to Cornwall from potential investors are expected. The identities of the companies interested in Newquay are commercially confidential and are not being disclosed.

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The Government estimates that the global commercial spaceflight market could be worth £25 billion over the next 20 years and has drafted legislation to enable spaceflight from the UK by 2020.

Newquay Cornwall Airport, which is the fastest growing regional airport in the UK, is attractive to spaceport operators because it has uncongested and unrestricted airspace, one of the UK’s longest runways, 100% business rate relief and is the largest planning-free development site in the UK.

It is also on the doorstep of one of the most diverse and capable aerospace clusters in the world, with more than 900 aerospace-related companies operating across the South West region, contributing some £3.2 billion to the economy.

Eurowings launches another new route from Newquay

AEurowings continues to expand its UK network, Europe’s fastest growing airline is 
adding a NewquayStuttgart route to its portfolio with a one weekly flight every 
Saturday as of 31st March 2018. 
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The flight will depart Stuttgart at 8:25 and lands in Newquay at 10:25. The return flight from Cornwall departs at 10:55 and lands in Stuttgart at 12:50.
Additionally the season of the Newquay to Dusseldorf route, which is also operating each Saturday, will be extended until 20th October. In total Eurowings is operating two routes from Newquay Airport next summer.   
• As of 31st March 2018 the low-cost airline will fly from Newquay to Stuttgart 
every Saturday. 
• Eurowings will also extend the season of the Newquay to Dusseldorf 
connection until 20th October 2018 
• Eurowings is operating two routes in total from Newquay: Dusseldorf and 
The new Eurowings flights between Newquay and Stuttgart can already be booked at 
http://www.eurowings.com or via the Eurowings app. 
Markus LeopoldRegional Manager UK at Eurowings:  
“We are delighted to add Stuttgart, our second route here to our Newquay summer 
schedule and also expand the seasonality of our existing route to Dusseldorf. There 
is a growing demand from Newquay to Germany and vice versa and we are looking 
forward to see even more Eurowings in Cornwall in the future”
Cornwall Airport boss Al Titterington
Al Titterington, Managing Director at Cornwall Airport Newquay:  
“We’re pleased to be welcoming an expanded route network with Eurowings for 
2018. The addition of Stuttgart as well as the expanded season on their popular 
Dusseldorf route illustrates the strong demand for easy access to Cornwall from the 
German market and is a result of the positive relationship we have built with 
Eurowings. We’re delighted that our network of direct connections to Germany is 
expanding, offering more choice for passengers wishing to travel between Cornwall 
and Germany.” 
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Meanwhile Cornwall Airport have confirmed that the RyanAir flights from Cornwall are not affected by the recent cancellations announced in the news.


£40m Boost for Cornwall’s Small Businesses

Up to £40 million is now available through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The money is expected to be spent on many bespoke projects that can help Cornwall’s entrepreneurs.

The European funding for business in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly forms part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme, the name given to the latest (and last) round of EU funds.

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Small and medium sized enterprises and micro businesses are key drivers for economic growth in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, as they make up approximately 99.8% of the total number of enterprises.

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At present, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have the lowest levels of productivity of any of the Local Enterprise Partnerships in the country so to improving that is key to this round of funding. It is additionally recognised that small and medium sized enterprises may require support to prepare them for external investment.
“The aim of this call is to build upon the progress to date of the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme and to endeavour to create a long-term business support landscape that will endure beyond the life of the current funding cycle” said the LEP in a statement.

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There is also need to support small and medium sized enterprises which are neither ‘start ups’ or ‘high growth’ who often fall between two stools.

Specifically this call aims to address the following business support area

New Projects – New projects which address one or more of the three identified strategic gaps, or any other clearly defined strategic gap in provision identified by the applicant and which is not met by the current business support provision.

Project Enhancement – Projects that enhance the productivity and competitiveness of existing small and medium sized enterprises, encourage new enterprise, support small and medium sized enterprises to grow through innovation.
Workspace – The provision of market led, high quality, modern and well located workspace.
Local priorities –Proposals should demonstrate alignment with local development need and priorities including demonstration as to how delivery will be extended to the Isles of Scilly and remote and rural areas of Cornwall

The Government has confirmed that it will guarantee EU funding for structural and investment fund projects signed before the UK’s departure from the EU, even when these projects continue after we have left the EU.

So thinking caps on Cornwall – as a small business how would you like to be supported?

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Ultrafast Broadband – £17 Million Deal To Reach Some Of Cornwall’s Most Remote Areas

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A new £17.6 million deal was announced today to take ultrafast broadband to thousands more homes and businesses in some of Cornwall’s most remote places.

The third phase of the Superfast Cornwall programme will see the latest Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology – capable of delivering speeds up to one gigabit per second (Gbps) – rolled out to more than 7,000 premises by the end of 2019.

“ultrafast” covers broadband connections of 300Mbps +

Funding for this new initiative comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which will provide £8.5 million; BT £5.1 million; the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme £3 million; and Cornwall Council £1.1 million[1], and the programme will be managed by Cornwall Development Company.

The first locations to benefit are expected to be announced on the www.superfastcornwall.org website before the end of 2017.

The new phase builds on the multi million pound first two phases of Superfast Cornwall, which have already made Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly some of the best digitally-connected rural areas in Europe.

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Latest independent research shows that the high-speed technology is delivering huge economic benefits. The first phase of Superfast Cornwall has so far provided an estimated £275 million annual boost to the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, creating 3,120 jobs and safeguarding 3,430. An estimated 16,150 businesses have connected to high-speed fibre broadband with the technology helping the creation of around 3,300 start-up businesses.

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The phase three roll-out is expected to reach the first premises by spring 2018.

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Cllr Bob Egerton

Cllr Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for economy and culture, said: “Our digital infrastructure is going from strength to strength, I’m delighted that this latest investment from the European Regional Development Fund will further improve our position, particularly in geographically challenging areas.  The importance of digital connectivity is far reaching.  The positive impact it has had on our businesses is helping to create and safeguard jobs and is boosting our economy.  We mustn’t forget also the social benefits it brings as well.  People can access jobs, skills and training, as well as their friends, all of which helps to improve quality of life for our people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.”

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Clive Selley, chief executive of Openreach, the local network business which is part of BT Group, said: “As we reach further into the most remote areas, the challenge becomes greater, but we are committed to rolling out this exciting technology as far as possible”

The £132 million first phase of Superfast Cornwall saw superfast broadband speeds made available to 238,000 households and businesses, far outstripping the original aspiration of 205,000. The £7.6 million second phase, which is still underway, aims to bring superfast broadband to a further 8,000 premises by the end of 2017.

More than 90,000 households and businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have already connected to the fibre network through 60 different internet service providers – and the number is continuing to grow. Some areas have seen some of the strongest demand for the technology in the UK with up to 50 per cent of households and businesses already having chosen to take up the technology.

More than 84,000 Cornish premises now have access to the fastest form of fibre broadband, Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) – making it the leading county for FTTP in the country.


Cornwall Council will announce details later this year of a grant scheme, which will help to provide faster broadband for the remaining premises not included in any planned fibre broadband programmes.

Separately, the new Superfast Satellite Broadband project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), provides eligible SME businesses not covered by these plans with broadband speeds up to 40Mbps. The scheme enables businesses to take up a service with subsidised installation and service charges. To find out more and grow your business visit www.avantiplc.com/cornwall

Cornish Lithium CEO TV Interview – explains how it will be done

Following the news of further investment in Lithium mining in Cornwall here’s an interview with Cornish Lithium Mining Ltd CEO – see this story of today’s announcement:

“The new gasoline” – £1m investment in Cornish Lithium mining

“Cornwall was once a hive of mining in the UK history and now it has come to the fore again. The mining and extraction of Lithium in Cornwall is becoming bigger and bigger business”

Core Finance speaks with Jeremy Wrathall, CEO of Cornish Lithium, who talks to us about their project in Cornwall and how the increased interest from the Government in renewable energies, Tesla’s new factory in Germany and the sheer size of the deposits make the project an increasingly fascinating one.

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“The new gasoline” – £1m investment in Cornish Lithium mining

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The announcement this morning that Cornish Lithium Ltd has secured a £1 million investment from a group of highly experienced mining and natural resources investors brings the promise of a return of precious metal mining to the Duchy a step closer.

The funds raised will enable the Company to commence exploration activities on the ground in Cornwall. The initial focus will be to collate all relevant data on lithium occurrences in Cornwall and to assemble this in digital format. The company intends to integrate surface and underground data in order to prioritise the best locations for subsequent drilling and sampling. Such exploration is expected to include further geophysical surveys where possible. Once drill sites have been selected the company intends to apply for the necessary permits ahead of drill testing of suitable targets.

Lithium batteries are seen as key to global energy demands in the future. Petrol and diesel engines will be banned from sale in 2040 and electric cars run on lithium batteries for example. Demand for Lithium has never been stronger, there are many other uses in industry and domestic appliances, from aeroplanes to smart technology which should see a global ‘lithium rush’ in the forseeable future.

Goldman Sachs is calling it “the new gasoline” suggesting demand could triple by 2025.

Lithium batteries also have a large role to play in renewable energy sources as wind and solar energy storage, related industries which incidentally already have firm roots within the Cornish landscape.

Looking forward, battery “mega factories” are already being built around the world. Tesla is building a 35GWh facility in Nevada in order to create enough batteries to power their own range of electric vehicles. Production is slated to begin in 2017 and is expected to reach peak capacity by 2020, at which point this single factory will produce more lithium batteries than were produced globally during 2013.

Lithium is found in both hard-rock deposits and in salty brines. Right now, it’s mainly mined in what’s known as the “Lithium Triangle” where Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia meet, as well as in China and Australia. It is currently extracted from large brine lakes or “salars” in Chile and Argentina and from mines in Australia. These important sources are facing expansion challenges which makes new sources of supply ever more important and crucial to the growth of environmentally friendly technologies. In addition, the UK Government has highlighted lithium as a metal of importance within the technology sector.

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There would be huge environmental concerns if a similar process was to be entertained in Cornwall.

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Rights have been secured to explore for and commercially develop lithium and the geothermal energy contained in the Cornish hot springs.

Cornish Lithium welcomes the investment from incoming investors given the wealth of mining, processing, capital raising, project development and operational experience amongst the group.

The company is focused on exploring for lithium within the hot springs that naturally occur beneath the surface in and around Cornish granites, with the aim to create a new mining industry in the region.

Jeremy Wrathall, CEO of Cornish Lithium, commented:

Jeremy Wrathall CEO Cornish Lithium

“We are delighted to have secured this investment to commence our exploration programme. We look forward to working with our new shareholders given the wealth of experience they have to offer in the field of natural resources.”

Keith Liddell, a member of the incoming shareholder group, said:

“Given the extensive historic readings of lithium in geothermal brines as well as the recent advances in technology, we see a real potential for lithium production in Cornwall. Combined with the global shift in focus towards electric vehicles and battery energy storage we believe that Cornish Lithium could potentially become a very significant player in the lithium industry in the UK and Europe. We look forward to working with the team in progressing this exciting project through mits exploration and development phases.”



53 local roads throughout Cornwall get £5m of repairs – list of works here

Improvements and repairs will be made to 53 local road routes across Cornwall – from Penzance and The Lizard to Bude and Looe – after Cornwall Council successfully secured £5m in funding from the Department for Transport (DfT).

Local routes – the more frequently used B, C and U roads known as the 3A network – are set to benefit from the funding boost, which largely focus on maintenance work.

The Council’s bid, announced by the DfT today, saw Cornwall secure the maximum amount of money available from the DfT’s Local Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund, with work expected to be completed within a year.

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport welcomed the funding. “We know how important our roads are to people in Cornwall. Improving the condition of the local road network was one of the main themes highlighted in last year’s residents’ survey,” he said.

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Cllr Geoff Brown – in charge of roads at Cornwwall Council

“Last autumn we announced an additional £2.9m for more than 1,800 road safety and drainage schemes which have now been completed and we are now well into work on our Growth Deal funded highway schemes at Bodmin, Carkeel, Tolgus, Treluswell and Truro.

“While we continue to work with ever dwindling budgets, we will continue to look to alternative ways of funding road improvements such as these, which we know are so vital to keeping Cornwall moving.”

This is the second time Cornwall Council has secured maximum funding for roads through the Local Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund. The Council previously secured £5m towards the £6.9m cost for resurfacing and making improvements to drainage and safety fencing along an 8km stretch of the A39 between Carland Cross and Buckshead Roundabout in Truro.

List of works announced today

Cornwall Council – Local Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund schemes (listed by Community Network area)
B3262 St Nicholas St, Bodmin
B3254 Whitstone to Bevills Hill
B3254 Wilsworthy Cross and Cherry Cross
Camborne and Redruth
B3298 Tolgullow House to Scorrier Crossroads
Centenary Road and Trevenson Road, Camborne
Bucketts Hill/Buller Hill, Redruth
The Cross, Camborne
B3280 Nine Maidens
B3314 Delabole Post Office to Rockhead
C0270 Marshgate to Tresparrett Posts
B3263 Halgabron Corner, Trethevy
China Clay
C0120 Whitegate to Robartes Road, St Dennis
C0298 Coldvreath
Falmouth and Penryn
Bus Stop, The Moor, Falmouth
B3292 Commercial Road, Penryn
C0007 Kernick Road, Penryn
Treliever Road, Penryn
C0015 Penwarne Road
Hayle and St Ives
B3301 Griggs Hill
Helston and The Lizard
B3302 Fraddam Crossroads
B3302 Sithney Trough to White Horse
C0162 London Wells to Sunny Corner
C0770 Godolphin Road, Helston
B3296 Meaver Road, Mullion
The Commons, Mullion
C0740 Trengrouse Way/The Parade, Helston
B3304 Treza, Porthleven
C0150 St Stephens Hill, Launceston
B3254 Peppershill

Liskeard and Looe
C0131 Hayeford Bridge to Higher Rosecraddoc
C0239 Quay Road and Hannafore Road ,West Looe
Marazion and St Just
C0729 St Clare Street, Penzance
B3280 Goldsithney
B3311 Gulval to South of Badgers Cross Penzance
St Agnes and Perranporth
B3285 St Georges Hill, Perranporth
B3284 Higher Penwartha
B3285 Tollgate, Perranporth
St Austell
C0707 Alexandra Road, St Austell
St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel
U6143 Rawlings Lane and Place Road, Fowey
Truro and The Roseland
New Bridge Street, Truro
Falmouth Road and Lemon Street, Truro
C0005 Crosslanes to Bissoe
C0008 Top Hill, Grampound Road
C0724 Sticklers Corner, Threemilestone
C0737 Frances Street, Truro
C0362 St Clements Hill, Truro
C0730 Charles Street, Truro
B3289 Playing Place to King Harry Ferry junction
Wadebridge and Padstow
St Merryn East to Parish Boundary
C0758 Egloshayle Road, Wadebridge
C0766 West Hill, Wadebridge
B3314 Bodieve