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Out of Office: discover a different side to Cornwall

Moving to Cornwall isn’t about turning your working life into one long holiday. Instead, it’s a chance to find a new balance and get the most out of your personal and professional lives, whatever that looks like for you. We sometimes take for granted the work/life balance you get from being in Cornwall , but being able to recharge in this beautiful region means that when we get back to the desk on Monday morning we are 100% ready to get to work.

Whether you’re looking for relaxing country walks, exciting outdoor sports, or just an award-winning place to eat – Cornwall has it all.

Get back in touch with nature

With more than 30% of the region registered as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s no surprise Cornwall attracts thousands of people every year. Every weekend is a new adventure, with hundreds of unique spots scattered across the region, from stunning beaches to hidden-away fishing villages.

Those looking for a brisk coastal walk will find one along the UK’s longest coastline, stretching more than 400 miles and covering iconic landmarks like Land’s End and The Lizard. Or if you’re interested in exploring historical sites, you can choose from dozens of English Heritage sites like Tintagel and Pendennis Castle.

Cornwall also hosts some of the country’s most popular nature attractions, including The Lost Gardens of Heligan and National Trust sites like Glendurgan Gardens and Lanhydrock. And if you’re after a truly unique day out, look no further than the world-famous Eden Project. The giant biomes are rated as one of the UK’s top places to visit, allowing you to explore rainforest and Mediterranean environments without leaving the region.

A taste of the UK’s finest produce

Cornwall’s fast-growing food and drink sector means the region has a wealth of unique restaurants, including everything from Michelin star eateries to gourmet pubs.

The region is famous for its seafood, caught by fishermen from some of the UK’s longest-running harbours like Newlyn and St Ives. You’ll find their daily catch served at renowned restaurants like Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar, The Wheelhouse, and Rick Stein’s Seafood bar – and sold in fishmongers across the region.

You won’t struggle to find the best eating spots, either. With dozens of food and drink festivals throughout the year celebrating the region’s best producers, you’ll always have an opportunity to immerse yourself in a rich food culture. Whether it’s tasting locally brewed beers at the Falmouth Beer Festival or enjoying local delicacies at Porthleven Food Festival, it’s never long until the next event.

Spend some time offshore

Despite Cornwall’s relaxing scenery, there’s still plenty of adventure to be found. Home to more than 300 beaches and coves, Cornwall offers some of the best watersports experiences you can find in the UK – from picturesque paddle boarding and kayaking spots to sought after surf locations.

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Surfers worldwide celebrate Newquay’s Fistral Beach as an ideal surfing spot – it even hosts international surfing competitions every year. And with plenty of surf schools across the region, it’s never too late to learn. But don’t worry if watersports aren’t your thing. Cornwall is famous for its sailing community, hosting multiple regattas throughout the year, including the well-attended Falmouth Week sailing event and annual tall ship races.

A touch of culture

You won’t need to compromise culture when moving to Cornwall. The region’s towns are rich with history that’s celebrated every year.

Falmouth hosts the annual international Sea Shanty Festival, an exciting showcase of Cornish culture that attracts thousands of visitors every year. You’ll also find multi-arts festivals throughout the region, from the Fowey literary festival to popular music festivals like Boardmasters, Tunes in the Dunes, and the Masked Ball.

And Cornwall’s theatre scene offers experiences you can’t find anywhere else. With one-of-a-kind venues like the cliffside Minack Theatre, you’ll be able to enjoy open-air theatre against the backdrop of the Celtic sea. The world-renowned theatre shares the region with dozens of specialised arts cinemas and unique venues, so you’ll never struggle to find entertainment.


Cornwall Trade and Investment, in partnership with Cultivator Cornwall, are attending Maison & Objet this week in Paris, alongside fifteen Cornish creatives, artists and makers.

One of the largest interior design shows in Europe, the event exhibits over 3,000 brands and designers – showcasing products from across the home decor, interior design, and lifestyle. The design fair is divided into two sections; Objet and Maison, the Objet section exhibits objects and decorative accessories, while Maison showcases decoration, home, and interior solutions.

The focus for attending is on providing Cornish businesses with the chance to explore a large-scale trade show, identify opportunities for their brands, discover the potential for exporting across Europe, and to meet with potential partners and customers.

Nicola Lloyd, Director of Cornwall Trade and Investment, said:

“Cornwall’s landscape has inspired centuries of creative innovation. Today, with over 2000 creative businesses in Cornwall, supporting in excess of 6000 jobs, the industry is essential to the Cornish economy. We’re delighted to be able to support such a large delegation of makers, designers, and creators, to attend an event as prestigious as Maison & Objet”.

Emily Nixon, fine jewellery designer from West Cornwall inspired by the Cornish coast, and whose team is part of the Cornish delegation to Maison & Objet, already exports her jewellery globally, and said:

Emily Nixon, Emily Nixon Jewellery

“Trade shows and industry events offer the creative sector an invaluable opportunity to get their products and services in front of key buyers and decision makers, as well as explore new markets. Attending Maison & Objet alongside 14 other creative businesses from Cornwall demonstrates the attractiveness of such events, as well as showcasing the strength of the sector”.

As well as making the most of the networking and learning opportunities at the show , the Cornwall delegation has also been invited to attend the ‘L’Atelier du Design Britannique’ –  a showcase design reception hosted at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Paris, alongside the Department for International Trade.  This presents an opportunity for businesses to meet British designers, participate in interactive workshops, and discover the best of British design.

To find out more about the 15 businesses attending Maison & Objet alongside Cornwall Trade and Investment and Cultivator, check out our event deck here.

Find out how Newquay newcomers Marwick Marketing transformed the online presence of two Cornish businesses – boosting their revenue and helping them thrive during a pandemic.

With so much going on in Cornwall’s business landscape, it can sometimes be difficult for new arrivals to make a big splash – but not Marwick Marketing.

The full-service marketing agency recently expanded to Newquay from Squamish, a mountain town north of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. Within just a few months, it’s already landed some local clients and generated huge results for their operations.

The company is a Google Premier Partner in the top 5% of all partners across North America and Europe, specialising in search engine optimisation and pay-per-click ads, as well as other key marketing services like video production and website design. You can find out more about Marwick Marketing in our recent case study, but in the meantime, read on to hear how the agency has transformed the online presence of two Cornish businesses. 

The Cornish Bakery – baked in Cornwall, sent across the UK

When the first national lockdown forced bricks-and-mortar stores to shut, businesses in all sectors had to adapt quickly. Many food and drink businesses made the switch to online delivery – rapidly creating a crowded market, with thousands of people looking for home comforts.

The Cornish Bakery had to close all its 40 stores across the country, but decided to trial a home delivery service, named ‘Pasties by Post’. Its products have always had a strong reputation, with award-winning pasties and widely renowned sausage rolls, but its team knew they needed a new approach to stand above new online competitors.

The company collaborated with Marwick Marketing through its strategic communications partner Excess Energy – helping The Cornish Bakery optimise its Google Search and Google Ad strategies.

Across the first three months, The Cornish Bakery saw a 51% month-on-month average growth in organic traffic coming to its website. Also, for bakery-related key phrases – like “pasty delivery”, “Cornish pasty by post”, and “Cornish pasties delivered” – The Cornish Bakery now ranks number one on Google, previously only ranking on the third page.

The impressive results helped the company achieve its high target during national lockdowns, and monthly sales are continuing to build today.

“This was the first time we were venturing into online sales, and Marwick immediately rose to the challenge. Its team explained how everything works with a simple set of graphics and easy-to-understand bullet points. It’s a great feeling knowing everything is switched on and people are finding your brand as soon as they search for it.”

Stephen Evans-Wrobleski, Head of Commercial Operations, The cornish bakery

Bonds the Jewellers – a small jewellers with a big international presence

Marwick’s support in the region extends far beyond just pasties. The marketing agency has also been working closely with husband- and wife-owned company Bonds the Jewellers.

The company may seem like a modest, local jewellery shop – but it’s actually an international exporter of high-value jewellery, creating bespoke products for customer commercial outlets across Europe. Its clients range from Westminster Abbey and The Royal Marines Shop to private clients in the United States.

Bonds started working with Marwick in November 2020, with a goal to increase its online business reach and yield value throughout the pandemic. The Marwick team quickly reduced the cost-per-click Bonds was paying for Google ads by 45%, saving the company valuable budget that could be re-invested elsewhere.

Also, within just two months of working with Marwick, Bonds managed to double the revenue it generated from its same Google Ad budget – raising the jeweller’s profile across its global audiences.

“We thought Google marketing was working well for us, but we were investing heavily, and we thought our budget might be able to work harder for us,” said Douglas Bond, owner of Bonds the Jewellers. “Marwick immediately proved our yield could grow quicker. I’ve never really understood how Google’s algorithms work, but Marwick made it easy to understand – I’m impressed with both the speed and ease with which the team has improved our sales.”

Find out more about Marwick Marketing

If you’d like to learn more about Marwick Marketing and the services it offers, you can get in touch at 0333 2423 699, or visit Marwick’s website. You can also read our full case study to find out about the company’s journey to Cornwall.

Join Screen Cornwall for Behind The Postcard, a film about the creative & cultural industries made specially for the G7 with over 100 artists involved, followed by a series of short films made by emerging talent in the region.

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Paul Ainsworth invites you to have a taste of Cornwall: we are delighted to invite you to sample some of the flavours of the Caffè Rojano, our stunning New York and Mediterranean inspired restaurant in the heart of Padstow. An historic institution of a restaurant dating back to the early 1970’s.

Before the evening’s screening we will be treating you to a taste of our stunning Napoletana Pizza’s,

• Margherita – Buffalo mozzarella DOP, Parmigiano Reggiano, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil

• Diavola – Salami, roasted red peppers, green chillies, jalapeños

These will be served alongside a selection of stunning wines, beers and spirits all from Cornwall.

Paul Ainsworth

WHEN: Sat, 12 June 2021: 17:30 – 21:00 BST

WHERE: Fox Building, Falmouth University, Wood Land Campus, Wood Lane, Falmouth, TR11 4RH

SIGN UP: Please sign up through Eventbrite here.

Please note parking spaces in Falmouth and close to the event may be limited.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The venue has a maximum capacity of 50 attendees. Strict social distancing will be maintained during the event in line with Covid restrictions. You will be required the wear a face covering during the screening, unless exempt for medical reasons

film beach

Bait is a 2019 British drama film written and directed by Mark Jenkin. Starring Edward Rowe as a struggling fisherman, the film deals with the tensions that arise between locals and tourists in a Cornish fishing village against a backdrop of second homes, short-term lets, and gentrification. Join us for a screening night during the G7 Summit.

BAIT Director Mark Jenkin

Paul Ainsworth invites you to have a taste of Cornwall: we are delighted to invite you to taste some of the wonderful creations from our Michelin Starred restaurant, Paul Ainsworth at No6 in the heart of the historic fishing village of Padstow.

Before the evening’s showing we will be sharing with you two stunning tastes:

• Sanguine beetroot – pomme anna – aged kaluga caviar (n25)

•5jamon toast

These will be served alongside a selection of stunning wines, beers and spirits all from Cornwall.

WHEN: Fri, 11 June 2021: 17:30 – 21:00 BST

WHERE: Fox Building, Falmouth University, Wood Land Campus, Wood Lane, Falmouth, TR11 4RH

SIGN UP: Please sign up on Eventbrite here.

Please note parking spaces in Falmouth and close to the event may be limited.

IMPORTANT NOTICE The venue has a maximum capacity of 50 attendees. Strict social distancing will be maintained during the event in line with Covid restrictions. You will be required the wear a face covering during the screening, unless exempt for medical reasons

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