Start-ups show Spark

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Cornwall is buzzing with entrepreneurial spirit thanks to conferences and training delivered as part of the business start-up programme Spark.

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Spark is designed to support the launch of new businesses, and those less than 12 months old, in the county by providing knowledge, resources and advice.

The recent two-day Business Essentials Conference saw entrepreneurs and business leaders come together to gain insights and share best practice.

Conference attendee Terry Stanton, is starting a business called PositivActivity, which provides specialist personal assistance to people with a disability, enabling them to participate in activities and community groups.

He said: “Spark is an excellent investment of my time.

“The course was well organised, the facilities were first class and the speakers and mentors were operationally knowledgeable about their subjects.”

Sharon Chapman recently registered her business, My Bag Ltd, which produces cotton shopper bags with printed patterns for people to colour in.

She said the Business Essentials conference “gave me first class advice on the steps I need to take when I start my business”.

“It provided brilliant information on keeping me and my business safe with the legal advice and tips I received. I feel much more confident that I am on the correct path,” she added.

Spark is delivered by Truro and Penwith College. If you would like to apply for Spark, Email spark@truro-penwith.ac.uk or call 01872 308237.