Business

Neither a lender nor a borrower be: Cornwall council loaned other councils £177 million, while borrowing £122.5 million

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has defended its position as being one of the biggest lenders to other local authorities after handing out more than £177 million. Details of...

County Hall whacks it on plastic with a £1 million spend in three months

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has defended its use of payment cards to pay for goods and services after revealing it spent more than £1 million within three months. ...

Local councils study the idea of a tourism tax, with divided opinions in Cornwall

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall welcomes millions of visitors every year with people coming from all over the world to see the beauty of the Duchy and explore its beaches,...

Cornwall hopes that new flights from Newquay-Amsterdam will keep open its window to the world, as Branson snatches Heathrow slots and confirms Flybe will be re-branded as Virgin

By Peter Tremayne Flybe is to introduce new flights between Newquay and Amsterdam, and increase services to Manchester and Edinburgh, as part-compensation for the loss of its connection to...

Flybe’s Newquay route reverts to Gatwick airport, as Branson snatches Heathrow for bigger things

By Graham Smith It’s official – nearly – that Flybe is to abandon its Heathrow airport landing slots.  Passengers from Newquay will instead be offered flights to Gatwick. The...

Inspectors say Cornwall’s fire and rescue service “needs improvement”

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s fire and rescue service still “requires improvement,” according to the latest report published by Her Majesty’s Inspectors. The label is actually an improvement on last...

Newquay dogs home to close for “reconfiguration” of business model

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The St Francis dogs home, Porth, Newquay, is to close its kennel doors to new admissions with immediate effect – and is looking for new homes...

Cornwall College to close Saltash campus in bid to avoid financial collapse

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall College is to sell its 35-year-old Saltash campus to help stave off a financial crisis. A statement on the college website says the Saltash campus...

National Pot Hole Day helps “celebrate” repairs to Cornwall’s roads

By Rashleigh MacFarlane More than 25,000 potholes had to be repaired in Cornwall’s roads last year, County Hall has confirmed.  This is approximately six times as many as were...

Cornwall to pioneer firefighter and social worker “blended workforce”

By Anne North Cornwall is to attempt a merging of firefighting and social worker roles.  It opens the way to greater reliance on volunteers. The idea is not new,...

Branson takes taxpayers for a ride – you can still fly from Newquay to Heathrow, but only if you go via Manchester and Edinburgh

By Graham Smith The government has buckled to demands by Richard Branson for a £100 million tax-break to keep the troubled regional airline Flybe operational. The deal still leaves...

Cornwall “will not try to run its own airline,” promises council leader

By Richard Whitehouse The leader of Cornwall Council has ruled out the possibility of the authority operating flights to London saying it would be a “stretch too far.” Julian...

Cornish Lithium optimistic about the prospects for 2020, as more drilling is about to get underway

By Graham Smith The quest for a new energy source to power electric vehicles is likely to make huge strides in 2020, as Cornish Lithium continues to explore reserves...

Flybe on the brink, as ministers meet to consider industry-wide tax breaks as a possible solution

By Anne North Today (Tuesday) looks like being make-or-break for the troubled airline Flybe, which connects Newquay to London’s Heathrow airport and other major UK cities. Crunch talks involving...

EXCLUSIVE – Former Truro City boss buys Newquay Voice and St Austell Voice newspapers

By Graham Smith Pete Masters, former owner of Truro City Football Club, has bought two more Cornish newspapers – the Newquay Voice and the St Austell Voice. Mr Masters...

WW2 Lancaster bomber to be restored at Newquay

By Peter Tremayne A World War 2 Lancaster bomber is being rebuilt at Newquay airport.  Replica Aircraft Fabrications, based at Newquay’s AeroHub, is searching for spare parts to help...

Flybe continues its slow shuffle towards the exit, as hopes fade for the Newquay-Heathrow link

By Peter Tremayne Flybe is refusing to comment on multiple media reports that it is close to collapse, despite its “rescue” last year by a consortium including Richard Branson’s...

And Cornwall’s new household waste contractor is…..same as the old one

By Anne North Cornwall Council has finally confirmed that it is keeping its £20 million household waste contract with Biffa. The decision was revealed by Cornwall Reports last week,...

Newquay’s Boardmasters festival bids for 5-year planning permission

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall’s biggest music festival has submitted plans to remain at its current home for the next five years. Boardmasters, which takes place in August on a...

Bodmin publican surrenders licence before committee can debate allegations of rowdy behaviour

By Richard Whitehouse The owner of a problem pub in Bodmin which was shut down by magistrates after complaints from the police about anti-social behaviour and disorder has surrendered...