Jamie Smith shakes hands with Greg Clark

Growth minister Greg Clark visits Eight Wire

Eight Wire was pleased to host a special visit from UK Government minister for growth Greg Clark. The minister, who was in Cornwall to announce £200m of new funding under the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), made a special visit to Eight Wire which has embarked on a growth plan to expand to new premises and nearly double its workforce in the space of 18 months.

Mr Clark visited Eight Wire’s new Trevethan Road address following a £300,000 investment in the creation of a new studio workspace in Falmouth with superfast connectivity and space to grow over the next 18 months, which includes £25,000 of Government assistance. As well as its own funding, the agency secured two match-funding grants ¬– £15,000 from the Business Catalyst Fund towards a £30,000 studio renovation project and £10,000 from the Superfast Cornwall Fund towards a £20,000 IT and VoIP phone system. Eight Wire, which employs web developers, graphic designers, writers and marketing professionals, moved to its new central Falmouth location after eight months transforming a former church building with a leaky roof into a bright and airy studio fit for the agency’s future.

The plan involves the creation of six full time jobs, one of which has already been created and others are being recruited for at the moment. During his visit, the minister met members of the Eight Wire team and spent time with director Jamie Smith discussing the strengths and challenges facing Cornwall when operating in the international digital economy. Eight Wire already works with a diverse range of organisations from Cornwall Council to Southampton University and has clients in several countries including Singapore, Latvia, the Netherlands and the US.

Mr Clark said: “Eight Wire is an excellent example of the 6,000 ambitious small and medium size businesses across the country which have benefitted from grants from the Regional Growth Fund. The Fund has already allocated more than £200 million to companies across the south west, creating and safeguarding 36,000 jobs, boosting the private sector and helping to rebalance and rebuild the economy.”

Jamie Smith added: “It was great to meet the Minister because we are very grateful for the assistance we have had in bringing our buildings and IT infrastructure up to the standard required for us to be more competitive internationally. We work with a national and international client base which is only possible because Cornwall has the infrastructure in place to help digitally reliant businesses such as ours compete effectively against our city-based counterparts. We have demonstrated that the creative sector in Cornwall is well placed to take on the world in creative and digital marketing.”