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Cornish Firms Urged To Cling On in 2013

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 5th January 2013.

Business bosses warn Cornwall faces a tough 2013, but it isn't all doom and gloom.

Companies are being urged to seek support through the next couple of years.

That is despite the recession technically being over.

Kim Conchie heads up Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.

He said members are gritty and determined: "They are surviving, and surviving is the new thriving. Just think about your own circumstances and concentrate on where your own customers are, where you can cut costs. Plan ahead a bit more bravely, look to these support mechanisms and work hard.

"What we've got to do is be smarter, plan better, think more creatively and just work harder, find out where those customers are. It is tough timers, it's going to be tough times for a few more years. We've got to have businesses in Cornwall that are used to dealing in tougher times."

But some shopowners have told Pirate FM they are paying out of their own pockets to keep their businesses afloat.

Louise Kidd runs Painters art shop in Liskeard. She said: "I think we're feeling much the same as we've felt in the last few years, that we are in quite alot of difficulty. Our turnover is not enough to sustain the business and I have to subsidise it to keep the shop open.

"Well I think our business rates are too high, £13,000 a year, which really is what sinks us.

"What we're trying to do in this shop is use our unique selling point which is us. And we have got people who are coming in now to learn how to do things, so in order to sell things it's taking much, much more effort."

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