Don’t miss the new Start up Cornwall event

27th March, 2018

PKF Francis Clark’s new business event Start up Cornwall 2018 takes place on 18 April 2018 at the Burrell Theatre, Truro. The event takes place in Cornwall Business Week with one of other main events, the Cornwall Chamber’s Business Fair, also being held at the Truro school campus.

Since the recovery from the 2008-09 recession, the start-up story across the UK has been strongly positive. ONS figures show that in 2016 the number of business births rose from 383,000 to 414,000, a rise from 14.3 per cent of businesses to 14.6 per cent.

589,008 new businesses set up shop in 2017, and the UK five-year survival rate for businesses born in 2011 and still active in 2016 was 44.1% .By region, the highest five-year survival rate was in the South West, at 47.0%

Building on that positivity, the inaugural Start up Cornwall event is designed to showcase the full range of funding and business support available to start- up businesses in the county. The event promises to be particularly useful to those who:

  • Who are thinking of setting up a business
  • Who have just started out
  • Who have been trading for less than two years.

Presenting at the event will be members of the Breakthrough programme that assists Cornwall’s start-ups as they grow. Funded by ERDF, Breakthrough offers a tailor-made, fully-funded package of strategic direction, expertise, workshops, one-to-one coaching and recruitment support for start-ups.

Short and sharp presentations will also cover a range of topics from funding and business support through to Cloud Accounting, business structures and basic tax.

PKF Francis Clark’s Andrew James organised the event and said:

“At a time when we are seeing a record number of new business start- ups in the region, we are hoping our new event will be very well attended. It really is a one – stop shop to find out everything you need to know about start- up funding and the opportunity to pick up financing tips, hear success stories and meet other entrepreneurs.”

Breakthrough Programme Manager, Jamie Smith, said:

“Since we started in November 2016 we’ve been really impressed with the vibrant nature of entrepreneurialism in Cornwall. We’ve already helped more than 600 entrepreneurs to test their business models and there is often a waiting list to get on to workshops.

“We find events such as Start up Cornwall can give entrepreneurs the chance to get together and benefit from peer support as well as giving them the chance to expand ideas and skills as they build the economy of tomorrow’s Cornwall.”

Arron Hamshire from locally based lender SWIG Finance went on to say:

“The number of fast growing businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is ahead of the national average and a lot of this is down to some incredible start-ups and early stage ventures which have real potential to do well and benefit our local economy.

“Many of these entrepreneurs however find it hard to access they finance they need, because they have a limited trading history. They also often struggle to present themselves as “investment ready” in the eyes of potential funders. We are very lucky in Cornwall in that we have a good supply of start-up friendly finance through organisations like SWIG, alongside a business support sector that can help new businesses become investment ready, and steer them on their journey to success.”

Entry to Start up Cornwall 2018 is free and places can be booked via the PKF Francis Clark events website.

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