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17 June 2016

Cornwall Regional News Update - 16 June 2016

Royal Cornwall Show report

We had probably the best and busiest show yet last week. The FSB stand seemed to be a central meeting point for the Cornish business community, key partners and some very influential guests.

We launched FSB national CyberCrime survey 'Cyber Resilience: How to protect small firms in the digital economy', continued with our local campaign on Business Support and Funding, and Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, travelled a long way to spend the Friday of the show with us.

It is fair to say that he crammed in a weeks' worth of meetings in about 6 hours and broadcast live on BBC Radio Cornwall with a great friend of FSB Cornwall, Laurence Reed - Listen here (scroll along to 01:49 for our bit).

Our MPs, Local Enterprise Partnership Chairman and our new Police and Crime Commissioner were just some of the high profile visitors to our stand. With an array of business speakers from Cornwall Fire Service, Devon and Cornwall Police, Visit Cornwall and South West Cyber Security Cluster (to name just a few) there was a real buzz about the show - see pictures here.

Fire Training Report

What a great event this turned out to be on Tuesday this week. 10 businesses joined us to learn about the responsibilities that business owners have with regard to fire regulations. It was pretty scary stuff when you understand that, even if you are not on site, it is your responsibility.

Failure to make sure you have got all bases covered can land you in some very hot water indeed! Our business owners then got to play with fire for real and work on communication. In a real situation you have to be able to get people to react and know what to do yourself. Most had never used a fire extinguisher or a fire blanket so a little practice in a safe environment was very helpful.

Everyone left feeling more confident and knowing that if they are in doubt about keeping their business safe, they can contact Cornwall Fire Service or find out a mass of information here. Some photos of the day are here and if this inspires you we will be putting out some more dates shortly.

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