Partner to Succeed launches

Neil Roach, YTKO
Neil Roach, YTKO

Partner to Succeed, the business collaboration project funded by ERDF Convergence and the South West Regional Development Agency, launched today to Cornwall’s partner networks.

More than 40 representatives from public and private sector business support organisations gathered for the breakfast event to hear more about how the project can support SMEs in the county.

YTKO, the development company that’s delivering Partner to Succeed, announced that since setting up in June this year, three business collaborations are already underway.

A further 18 businesses across the sectors, from fashion to technology, are also engaging with the team to explore opportunities for collaboration.

The presentation to partner organisations precedes the main launch of Partner to Succeed to the business community on Friday, September 25 at the Eden Project.

Helen Trudgeon, programme director, said: “These partners are key to ensuring the success of Partner to Succeed over the next three years.

“We’ve had a fantastic start to the project with lots of interest from innovative businesses with excellent potential for growth.

“By working with these partner organisations we hope to get the word out to the business community that we’re here to help our economy grow.”

Organisations that attended the launch included Business Link, Cornwall Marine Network, Oxford Innovation, CPR Regeneration, Cornwall College Business, Truro College and the Combined Universities in Cornwall.

YTKO presented its core team of business advisors, offering an opportunity for business advisors and support staff to ask questions about how the programme aims to support companies.

Chris Redding, head of partnerships at Business Link, said: “These are exciting times with great opportunities for business support agencies to pull together and ensure companies get the best and most appropriate support available.”

Carleen Kelemen, director of the Convergence Partnership Office, said:

“The Convergence programmes for Cornwall are investing in new and innovative ways to strengthen business performance to create a vibrant and sustainable economy.

“This investment will create opportunities for businesses to find new collaborative partners and gain competitive advantage through pairing up complimentary strengths.”

Stephen Bohane, head of business development for South West Regional Development Agency, said: “It’s very exciting to hear that Cornwall is already engaging with Partner to Succeed.

“It’s excellent news that three collaborations are underway and many more interested businesses getting on board. I look forward to this project building a sustainable future of business collaboration in Cornwall.”

A limited number of spaces are still available for the key launch of Partner to Succeed on September 25, featuring presentations from Sir Richard Needham and James Alexander. To register your interest in attending, please email

Partner to Succeed has been funded by £1.35 million from European Regional Development Fund Convergence together with £150,000 from the South West Regional Development Agency, is aimed at supporting business growth in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

To find out more about Partner to Succeed, go to or call 01872 613000.