Business

EXCLUSIVE: Hot rocks energy company revises its return on investment – backers will get only 2% – not 12%

8th November 2018 By Graham Smith People who have invested in Cornwall’s “hot rocks” geothermal project at United Downs are to get a significantly lower return than they might...

Tywardreath village shop back in the hands of estate agents

8th November 2018 By Graham Smith The Cornish village shop that was “rescued” by a Surrey-based company is again on the market, for the second time in six months....

Nottinghamshire County Council hopes to buy its way out of Cormac deal

6th November 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is to offload the Via East Midlands company it set up three years ago to repair pot-holes in Nottinghamshire. In a...

CQC concern over Allied Healthcare impacts scores of Cornwall clients

6th Novevmber 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane A private care agency which provides services to scores of elderly people in West Cornwall is facing an uncertain future, according to the...

EXCLUSIVE – Cornwall has changed its mind about Brexit, according to latest opinion poll

6th November 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall has changed its mind about Brexit, according to a detailed opinion poll broadcast on Channel 4 last night. Detailed data from the...

Cornwall College braces itself for the next phase of its “Fresh Start”

5th November 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane While central government considers giving Truro and Penwith College £3 million to help it build a new rugby stadium at Threemilestone, ministers are...

St Ives MP Derek Thomas disappointed at government’s lack of enthusiasm for Truro Stadium

5th November 2018 By Peter Tremayne Talks between Whitehall civil servants and promoters of the Truro Stadium project are continuing, with a provisional deadline of the end of November....

Back to Cannes: Cornwall Council explains why it wants to return to the south of France, despite zero return on investment (so far)

4th November 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is actively pursuing ways to return to Cannes next year for another champagne-fuelled property conference.  Council leader Adam Paynter blamed cuts...

Branson concedes defeat in the race to test launch his satellite rocket this year

31st October 2018 By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit project has been delayed again, with its first test flight not now expected until 1st January 2019.  Cornwall Council...

Tour of Britain cycle race looks like starting from Cornwall in 2020

31st October 2018 By Anne North Cornwall looks set to host the departure stage of the 2020 Tour of Britain cycle race. Local taxpayers are being asked to contribute...

Don’t Panic! County Hall suddenly realises that Brexit is only 149 days away, and the warning lights are flashing amber

31st October 2018 By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has finally accepted that a “no deal” Brexit poses a potential risk to local food supplies and transport from 29th March...

Hammond’s budget fails to mention the Truro Stadium, leaving the £14 million project still waiting

30th October 2018 By Graham Smith Doubts are growing about the prospects of a sports stadium for Truro, after yesterday’s (Monday’s) budget failed to make the expected announcement about...

Cornwall Council signs a new “secret” contract with the Wave Hub, as the LEP heads to Aberdeen to chase offshore wind investment

29th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has been asked to explain why chief executive Kate Kennally has signed a new contract with the Wave Hub, without reference...

Strategic Planning Committee escapes the axe – for now

28th October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse The main planning committee at Cornwall Council looks set to remain in place despite calls from councillors for it to be axed.  The...

So how are we going to explain this? Councillors challenge officials to justify £1.2 billion debt

28th October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall councillors have set their communications team a new challenge – to find a way of explaining why the authority is set to...

EXCLUSIVE: County Hall says it might return to Cannes next year, as Louise Wood takes over as the new planning boss

28th October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has appointed a new chief planning officer.  Louise Wood has taken the position on a “temporary” basis, following another internal “Expression...

Branson postpones again – his first-ever spaceflight is now not due until after next month’s council cabinet meeting

25th October 2018 By Graham Smith Richard Branson has again postponed the long-awaited first test flight of his LauncherOne satellite rocket.  Having scheduled a test for 15th October, and...

Falmouth University says new recruitment company poses no threat to existing staff

23rd October 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Falmouth University has moved to reassure existing staff that its establishment of a new recruitment company poses no threat to their pay or...

Silence is golden – Cornwall Council paid ex-staff £260,000 to keep quiet

23rd October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council spent more than £260,000 on “gagging clauses” for employees leaving the authority. It has also been revealed that the council has...

EXCLUSIVE: Exit Cormac Contracting Ltd, as County Hall supports £150,000 tax-dodge

22nd October 2018 By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s chief executive, Kate Kennally, has approved the handover of Cormac Contracting Ltd (CCL) to the council’s Corserv group of companies. CCL...