Business Show’s chosen charity

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The Cornwall Business Show 2015 has named Young People Cornwall as its official charity and hopes to help provide various ways for teenagers and businesses to interact and help one another.

The show’s managing director, Andrew Weaver, said: “I feel it’s very important to invest in the future of the county and particularly in people who come from what might be seen as under-privileged backgrounds.”

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Weaver hopes local businesses will take up the cause as a part of their commitment to corporate social responsibility.

He said: “As well as helping young people on an individual and inspirational level, I will be hoping to co-ordinate business contributions in three ways. I have launched a crowdfunding initiative and hope to help the charity raise £1.5k to do desperately needed maintenance at its Roche youth centre.

“If businesses don’t feel giving money is right for them, I will be hoping they know how to handle a paintbrush and will feel moved to come along and help redecorate once the structural work is done.”

Nick Smith, chief executive of Young People Cornwall, said the charity was excited to have been chosen by the show.

He said: “Young People Cornwall aims to support and inspire young people across the county with youth work that makes a difference.

“The partnership with Cornwall Business Show will help raise the profile of our work to a new audience and enable young people we work with to meet with and hear from some of the county’s leading businesses and entrepreneurs.”

Cornwall Business Show 2015 will take place on Thursday, March 19, at the Royal Cornwall Showground.