Cornwall Business Week 2015

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The countdown is on for this year’s Cornwall Business Week (May 11 – 15).

A number of key events are being held across the Duchy. On Tuesday (May 12), The Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay is once again the venue for the popular Finance in Cornwall conference, hosted by accountancy firm Francis Clark.

The event, which is now in its eighth year, brings together people representing the funding and business support streams potentially available to SMEs.

Gerald Ratner at last year's Cornwall Business Awards
Gerald Ratner at last year’s Cornwall Business Awards

The event is free of charge and includes a buffet lunch but limited to two representatives per business on a first come first served basis.

For more details and to book a place, click here.

Following Finance in Cornwall at the Lighthouse Cinema, a new sustainability event will take place – Thrive Sustainability (2pm-4pm).

Among the speakers are: Kathi Kaesehage, a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Exeter who will examine why business leaders of SMEs adapt to climate change; Caroline Robinson from the Clear Mapping Company who will talk about why she is working to make her business sustainable and cycling; and Sonya Bedford, head of renewable energy at Stephens Scown solicitors, who will talk about the Illogan Green Ripple community energy project.

Others speakers include Mojo Maritime, a specialist subsea operations company which has grown from its base in Falmouth to be a leading global player in renewable energy, the Local Nature Partnership and the Cornwall Sustainability Awards.

The following day sees the Cornwall Business Fair, hosted this year by the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce at the iconic Eden Project.

As well as featuring a B2B trade exhibition, there will also be a full programme of seminars and key note speakers, as well as a special celebration lunch presided over by Eden co-founder, Sir Tim Smit.

On Thursday (May 14) it’s all eyes on St Mellion International for the tenth annual Cornwall Business Awards, which is preceded by a special networking event jointly held by the Chamber and Leading Women, where sitting Truro and Falmouth MP, Sarah Newton, will be explaining what the General Election result means for Cornwall’s businesses.

A full preview of all these events will be featuring in the May issue of Business Cornwall magazine. To request a copy, click here.