Local Support & Grants for Liskeard Businesses

Cornwall is blessed with many organisations aimed at nurturing new business. More than 70% of the local economy is driven by sole traders, SMEs and start-ups and innovation are encouraged as catalysts for growth.

Locally, Liskeard holds regular networking events and new businesses are always welcome to join the Liskeard Traders Association and Chamber of Commerce.

County-wide the support is considerable and expert, with 50% match funding common for training, product development and ‘Big Ideas’. Below are a few of the key drivers for growth in Cornwall, run by teams who go out of their way to aid relocation, and help new business get off the ground and stay there.

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub


The Growth Hub has been created in response to a common issue raised by businesses – that the range and complexity of business support available at a local and national level is far too confusing and time consuming to navigate.  At its core the Growth Hub acts as a signposting service, pointing people in the right direction to get the support they need to start or grow their business.

Supported by a comprehensive website, a team of locally based experts work directly with businesses to help them identify and access support in a way that is right for them, whether that is business development, coaching, funding or something else entirely.


Invest in Cornwall


Detailed advice and logistical/financial support for inward-investing companies. Contact the Invest in Cornwall team on (01872) 322800


Outset Cornwall


‘Outset Cornwall is the helping hand you need, supporting you throughout your journey of starting a business here in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.’ The organisation regularly holds courses in Liskeard for entrepreneurs and people thinking of starting up here..


The Cornwall and isles of scilly growth programme


The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme is part of the England Growth Programme, which runs from 2014-2020.  Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is the only area in England to qualify as a “Less Developed” region and has an allocation of  €603.7 million which is split as follows:

  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) €438 million
  • European Social Fund (ESF) €166 million

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) has an allocation of £10 million in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, aligned with the wider England Growth Programme.


Cornwall and isles of scilly Local Enterprise Partnership


The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership drives activity to support business growth, create jobs and help people realise their potential.

The LEP is led by local business people working together with Cornwall Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly to set priorities for how the economy should grow.


Cornwall Development Company


Cornwall Development Company is the arm’s length economic development  company of Cornwall Council, designed to deliver a bespoke, business facing service and support the delivery of the economic vision and strategy for Cornwall.


European Regional Development Fund


The project has received £2,435,909 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund.  Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.