It’s an exciting time to be in Cornwall. Home to a globally renowned natural environment, a world-class renewable energy sector and cutting-edge digital infrastructure, Cornwall is helping to shape the society of the future.
We have the second fastest-growing tech sector in the country, where broadband speeds are faster than Central London and where entrepreneurial start-ups are developing at a faster rate than almost anywhere else. We’re also leading the way on marine engineering and renewable energy whilst our plans to host the UK’s first spaceport are moving forward: at Goonhilly Earth Station, we already have a satellite facility that is recognised across the space industry.
We’ve got a burgeoning food industry – becoming well known for artisan foods and great local produce. Historically tin mining, and china clay extraction have been important sectors of the economy, whilst fishing and agriculture are still very much part of our economic mix.
With wild moorland landscapes, long and varied coastline, beautiful beaches and attractive villages, Cornwall has much to offer nature enthusiasts. Extensive stretches of Cornwall’s coastline, and Bodmin Moor, are protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
We have the mildest and sunniest climate in the United Kingdom, and we are well known for a thriving cultural scene from the Tate Gallery in St Ives to the Newlyn School of Art and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. We have world class attractions such as the Eden Project, the Minack Theatre, Tintagel and renowned festivals such as Boardmasters, the Eden Sessions and Tunes in the Dunes.
Newlyn is the largest fishing port in the UK by value of fish landed, and we enjoy a wide range of restaurants owned by world famous chefs. Cornish beer, cider and gin are also fast growing worldwide recognition.
Cornwall is the landing point for twenty-two of the world’s fastest high-speed undersea and transatlantic fibre optic cables, making Cornwall an important hub within Europe’s Internet infrastructure. Superfast broadband means 95% of Cornish houses and businesses are connected to a fibre-based broadband network, with over 90% of properties able to connect with speeds above 24Mbit/s.
A strong transport network puts you in easy reach of key destinations in the UK and beyond by road, rail, air and sea. Cornwall Airport Newquay – which is owned by Cornwall Council – is the fastest growing regional airport in the UK, connecting more than 400,000 people a year to UK and international destinations.
We have high quality schools with a rich range of extra-curricular options. Our children and family services are rated in the top 25% of children’s services in the country from Ofsted. Six universities and colleges offer higher education at 13 campuses around Cornwall.
We are also a safe and friendly place – crime rates in Cornwall are among the lowest in the UK.
Cornwall (Cornish: Kernow) has a population of more than 560,000, has a distinct cultural identity that reflects its unique history and is recognised as one of the Celtic nations. It was formerly a Brythonic kingdom and subsequently a royal duchy.
Cornwall has a relatively high retired population, with 22.9% of pensionable age, compared with 20.3% for the United Kingdom as a whole.
In 2014, Cornish people were granted minority status under the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, giving Cornish people recognition as a distinct ethnic group.