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BIG grant attracts BIG crowd for Truro office breakfast briefing

This week’s breakfast briefing was the best attended yet, with 44 business people in attendance.

Whilst I would like to think the draw for the record attendance was the prospect of seeing me present, I suspect it was more the subject matter – the recently launched BIG Productivity grant scheme.

The presentations from the event can be found here.

Anna Staevska, from Cornwall Development Company, gave us an insightful presentation into the background to / and aims for the BIG Productivity grant and the details on the application process.

Highlights include:

  • Details of key eligibility criteria
  • The types (size) of grants that can be applied for; the information required and the application process
  • Intervention rates vary from 35% (small businesses) and 45% (medium sized businesses)
  • A comparison to the previous programme (BIG2)

Anna was followed by Zoe Deadman of KCS Print, who gave a short and extremely well received, presentation on her real life experience as an applicant for funding to BIG; including some practical insights into procurement and the importance of realism in projections (and job creation).  Zoe also commented favourably on the move away from job creation to productivity as the target.

I topped and tailed the main presentations with an update on other funding and some tips for potential applicants for grant funding – the latter feeding off some points already made by Anna or Zoe.

I also referred to our new Finance in Cornwall factsheet – a copy of which can be found here.

Next up, in terms of our Truro breakfast briefings is the eagerly anticipated (and currently fully booked) event at, and on, Spaceport Cornwall also featuring presentations by Matt Silver (Innovate UK) and my colleague Richard Tyler on grants for R&D and R&D Tax Credits respectively.

Before I finish this blog post, I must thank Anna and Zoe for joining me on stage for the presentational aspect of today’s event and my colleague’s Linda and Devon for the behind the scenes organisation.

By Andrew James

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