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Future Focus set to inspire business growth in Cornwall

Over 100 Cornish business owners and leaders converged on Wadebridge for the launch of Future Focus – a brand new programme designed to help Cornish businesses rise to the challenges and opportunities of future growth.



Over 100 Cornish business owners and leaders converged on Wadebridge for the launch of Future Focus – a brand new programme designed to help Cornish businesses rise to the challenges and opportunities of future growth.
 
Launched by business support specialists Unlocking Potential, part of the Cornwall College Group, Future Focus is an inspiring and practical programme created for Cornwall-based businesses looking to develop and grow. 


A £4.7 million programme funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Future Focus encourages and enables business leaders in Cornwall to connect and expand their businesses through three key elements: 


– Inspirational speaker events 
– Labs to promote fresh thinking on key business issues 
– Access to resources enabling businesses to activate change to support long-term growth.


Delivered over the next 3 years, Future Focus builds on Unlocking Potential’s highly successful Connect Events which previously welcomed over Cornish 3000 business leaders on a range of topics. 


Speaking at the launch was entrepreneur and business strategist James Alexander who was co-founder and Executive Director of Zopa – the world’s first and Europe’s largest peer to peer lender who took the audience through future business trends, looking at some of the key challenges and opportunities that could shape business in Cornwall in the future. 


Unlocking Potential Programme Director Allyson Glover believes the blend of events, labs and access to practical business resources offered by Future Focus are unique in Cornwall’s business community. 
 “We’re thrilled to launch Future Focus which has been created to inspire, stimulate and enable innovative business growth here in Cornwall. Through the events, labs and resources, we have created a programme that is as effective for established businesses in the county looking for ways to develop and grow as it is for start-up business owners who are setting out on their journey. Future Focus is about creating environments for positive change and it was great to be able to launch the programme and to hear such positive feedback about the event itself and what we are offering,” said Allyson. 

Julian German, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economy commented. 
“The Future Focus programme is a really exciting development for Cornwall’s business community. It will help businesses of all shapes and sizes to develop innovative ways to grow. I am really pleased that this project builds on the business support work that took place under the Convergence Programme and continues to help grow the economy and create better-paid jobs for residents.” 

Having attended the launch, Zoe Howard of Marketing and PR agency Caxton Communications said the launch event was the best she had been to in Cornwall over the last 2 years. 
“Having launched Caxton Communications two years ago I attend quite a lot of business and networking events and can honestly say this was the best business event I have been to in that time. There were good people there, a really good speaker talking about an interesting topic and a really good vibe and energy in the room. 
“I am now looking to grow my business and take it to the next level so in terms of what Future Focus can offer to help support that, the launch is perfect timing,” said Zoe.

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