Funding making a difference in Camborne

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The range of leather goods saddler Martin Hughes can make in Camborne has just got bigger.

Thanks to a grant of £3.8k from the Town Deal Project A-Void funding pot administered by BID Camborne, Hughes now has a new industrial leather sewing machine.

Based in Trelowarren Street, Hughes, who trades as M R H Saddler, is able to make handbags, gun bags, horse harnesses, waterproof canvasses and other leather goods in a fraction of the time it took him to laboriously make them by hand before.

“I can now take on much larger work commissions and that’s making a big difference,” he said.

“It means I can now mark up and make something like a shotgun cartridge bag in around half an hour and turning an old saddle into a handbag takes under two hours.”

Hughes is one of the last business owners to benefit from Project A-Void grant funding to help improve the town centre. Caitlin Kingston, who opened her ‘Enchanted Ink’ tattoo parlour this January, is another.

“The money I received has gone towards a new window and signage and that’s made a massive difference to the shop frontage,” she said.

“The business is going really well, and I can honestly say that opening it in Camborne has been the best decision I ever made.”

More than 100 Camborne businesses have been awarded Town Deal grants of up to £5k each – including Vox Dance Studio which was awarded a grant for new barres in April.

“Our hundreds of dancers range from walking age through to adults and we have been based in Camborne since 2015,” said director and founder Nichola Reynolds. “This grant has enabled us to upgrade our studio by adding a further eight metres of professional ballet barres – meaning our dancers have more space and facilities to improve their technique and dance ability.

“It also allows us to be even more efficient in our class training with more dancers able to use the facilities at any time. We are so very grateful to be awarded this grant it’s improved our studio and enabled us to provide the best facilities possible.”

Camborne was awarded £23.7 million in Town Deal funding – the highest amount in Cornwall. 11 projects are being developed that include a multi-functional community hub, a state-of-the-art co-working facility, street and public space improvement, a contemporary crafts club, better cycling routes, a fibre park, a skatepark, a food and farming hub and renovating the rugby ground.