Cornwall Calling at the Tate

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Representatives from the Cornish business community were up in London last night to celebrate Cornish success and demonstrate that Cornwall is ‘Open for Business’.

The Cornwall Calling event held at Tate Britain on St Piran’s Day, hosted by Invest in Cornwall, a project of Cornwall Development Company and the Cornwall Community Foundation, was designed to highlight how Cornwall’s mix of vision, creativity and innovation is leading to commercial success and helping to drive economic growth.

Chris Pomfret, chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Cornwall Calling event provided a great platform to highlight the skills and expertise we have in the region and increased awareness of the opportunities in Cornwall.

“It was a celebration of current business success in Cornwall, and showed how key initiatives such as our superfast broadband, adaptable workforce and infrastructure projects will deliver further tangible benefits to the local economy.”

“We want to invest in all that makes Cornwall such a special place to live, work and celebrate”

Attendees at the event included politicians, Cornish business people, international media and potential investors, as well as those who live outside of Cornwall but have a connection e.g family or are visitors. There were a variety of contributors discussing how the audience could get more involved in positively contributing to the regional economy.

Oliver Baines, acting chief executive of Cornwall Community Foundation, said: “Last night we celebrated Cornwall. Thriving communities and strong forward looking businesses are at the heart of our mission. We want to invest in all that makes Cornwall such a special place to live, work and celebrate.”

James Staughton, managing director of St Austell Brewery, believed the event was a success in bringing a wide range of stakeholders together for the benefit of the region as a whole. He added: “There was a lot of interest in the opportunities Cornwall has to offer, and lots of discussion of how we can work together.

“We feel that events like these are vital in both celebrating our achievements and also bringing the advantages of our region to the wider national and international business environment. We look forward to participating in similar activity in the future.”