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Free smartphone applications for businesses in Cornwall

Businesses in Cornwall are being given the chance to create and own their own smartphone application – for free.

Cornwall College has been granted European funding to invest into a scheme which will offer free courses to support the training of young people, aged 16-18, in workforces in the local area.

The funding will allow businesses access to courses that would normally be chargeable, at no cost.

The college is working with the Tribal Group to deliver an innovative new course, Mobile Phone Applications (apps) for Business, which aims to give young people the opportunity to help build a smartphone app for their employer.

The programme comprises of a total of five units and will provide the learners – and the business - with the necessary skills to manage the app and develop it further in the future. Accredited by NCFE, it is a work-based learning programme, which means learners do not need to attend college.

The app cost would normally cost between £2,000 and £4,000 to build outside of this programme and is available on both Apple and Android platforms.

Features could include social media integration, events listings, news feeds, an enquiry form, a blog, gallery, testimonials, a shopping cart and much, much more.

With the revolution of smartphones, more people are now browsing the web via their mobile device than their PC. Around 80 per cent of those smartphone users prefer to shop via apps rather than their mobile browsers.

A business can create a relationship with its customers via an app and communicate via push alerts (free messaging service via the app), notifying them, for example, of special offers and events.

If your business is interested in having its own smartphone app, and you employ at least one young person, aged 16-18, please telephone 0121 501 2243 or email

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