Convergence case studies
Precision engineering firm DP Engineering has provided machined parts for the marine, aerospace, defence, oil & gas, pneumatics, medical and leisure & tourism industries since 1952.
Think you can only apply once for help through European funding? Well you’d be wrong. Businesses can access support through different EU funding streams which are designed to work hand in hand.
Business has blossomed for Empowering Smart Women participant Nicki John after her confidence grew during the programme.
By building relationships with CUC Tremough, Cornwall Environment Consultants has accessed high quaility graduates and new commercial relationships.
Always passoinate about art, Tina got help from Outset Cornwall to develop her business idea to start her own business and start selling her own art work.
Selling an ethical, sustainable alternative organic source to peat-based composts across Cornwall.
What does an RAF Aircraft Engineer, Guest House Owner, Royal Mail Manager and Electrician with a focus on renewable energy have in common? In this instance, they are one and the same man; Tony Sampson.
The prospect of being made redundant is one that all too many Cornish people are either facing, or have faced in the last 12 months. A symptom of the economic downturn, but a very real challenge for those who had successful careers in area specialisms that are either in decline or niche demand.
After spending most of her life working as a nurse, support for her husbands business and also as a full time mum, Anna’s health took a tumble and she was forced to slow down and reassess.
“I am an artist that suffers from too many ideas!” says Jayne in explanation of her inspiration for this business and her strong entrepreneurial spirit."
Tania Jeffery has been on an exciting journey to poised businesswomen and one half of events management company, Eventz UK.
Finding the confidence to “seek the greener grass” led Empowering Smart Women ILM Level 3 Management participant Sam Webber to give up a job she had been in for seven years and take on a role in an industry she knew nothing about.
Working in a male-dominated environment as fisheries observer on commercial fishing vessels and landing sites throughout the South West, Sam felt she needed to be more confident of her competence and abilities than her male counterparts.
Maxine set up Tilly Mint Bakery in 2009 after making the decision to leave behind her life in France and embark on a new journey.
Being creative is what Holly Young is all about and her intriguing designs are testament to her ability.
An ambitious, energetic, and innovative businesswoman swapped her high flying life in London to take a chance on running a new style of self-catering business in Cornwall.
Amanda’s organic skincare business Spiezia Organics is a brand Ambassador for Cornwall and has been an industry leader since its inception 10 years ago.
Emily Anderson and her partner Mark are founders of Sideways Collective a new, thriving video production, hosting and consultancy provider based in central Cornwall but operating throughout the UK.
Previously a successful carpenter, Daniel was diagnosed with a rare lung disease 7 years ago, which forced him to give up his job and live on benefits. He has been fighting for his health ever since whilst looking for a new career that would fit flexibly around his condition; something he found by pure accident!
Watson-Marlow has become the first building of its kind in Cornwall to attain BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating – a measure of environmental sustainability in buildings.
Suffering from mental ill health Neal Mackie had to give up his high stress job as a chef and assumed any hope of a career was finished.
When nineteen year old Beth Watson, from Falmouth, was made redundant from her job as a waitress she decided the time was ripe to fulfil her dream of becoming a manicurist.
Somar International Ltd based in Threemilestone develops, manufactures and sells energy saving technology, has received European Social Funding through the Learning and Skills Council to finance staff training.
Compared to most people, Jo Jenkins, from Tregony, has had to face an extraordinary number of difficult challenges in her life.
An Internet consultancy business that has doubled its turnover each year since being set up is looking to expand with the ESF Convergence Unlocking Cornish Potential scheme.
The Watson-Marlow expansion was one of the first projects to be approved for ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) Convergence investment.
TRAC Services is a Cornish Company providing specialist regulatory services to the pharmaceutical industry. Benefitting from several strands of Convergence support.
A business specialising in environmental hygiene has seen its turnover increase by almost 300% after employing a graduate under the Unlocking Cornish Potential scheme.