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The team at CMN are continuing to adapt to the changing situation to offer our members and the wider sector the most effective support and tools to work with businesses as they navigate this difficult time.

Our Return; Re-Start and Recovery work has really helped businesses to plan a way forward during these turbulent times and during the months ahead, we will continue to add to our offering with support for the Kickstart scheme, top up activities along with our extensive range of skills and training to support people, businesses and communities.

The Government has produced a vast amount of guidance for businesses to consider when planning which the team at CMN has summarised for you below. These are updated and added to as we move through the various stages of restrictions being lifted

Our message is clear, it’s business as usual and we are here to serve you.

For any help and advice please Contact us today

Following discussions between the government and British Marine a road map has been produced detailing how the leisure marine industry should interpret the government’s plan on lifting Covid-19 restrictions.

The road map includes a matrix specifying at which point restrictions can start to lift for categories such as hotel boats, self-drive hire boats, skippered boats, watersports activity and trading and private boats. The statement makes clear that at each point restrictions will be assessed against the vaccine roll-out, infection rates and any new variant.

Please Click Here for the full statement from British Marine and the Government

Click here for the direct link to the downloadable Matrix

Government Links

Job Retention Scheme Information:

Self-employment Income Support Scheme

Other Useful links

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Digital Skills Partnership is working with other Digital Skills Partnership areas, to support communities during this time in drawing together information on digital tools that are freely available to support remote working for example, together with digital training to support the use of those tools.

Click Here for the Covid-19 Resilience:Digital tools and Skills

Cornwall Marine Network have been working hard to digest, understand and relate the changing restrictions and what that means for our member business and the wider marine industry and updating our support.

With this in mind we have now developed and added a new rapid response service to support businesses with:

Please contact the CMN team if you would like to discuss any of the following:

All businesses in England are now able to sign up to the government’s free COVID-19 workplace testing programme.

As part of the government’s road map to cautiously lift restrictions, businesses of all sizes, including those with fewer than 50 employees, can register from today to order free lateral flow tests for their employees that can provide results within 30 minutes. These are very effective in identifying asymptomatic people when used under supervised conditions. Testing is recommended to take place at least twice per week.

To find out more, or to take up the offer, visit

The Government has produced a vast amount of guidance for businesses to consider when planning to return, which the team at CMN has summarised for you.

This new resource summarises many of the key issues you need to consider when producing your workplace risk assessment

Please click here for CMN Workplace Risk Assessment – Return, Re-Start and Recover

The team at CMN are able to support you with help and advice in any of the following areas. We are developing on-line resources to further help you.

Please contact the CMN team if you would like to discuss any of the following:

Cornwall Marine Network is offering your business the opportunity to employ young people for 6 months at no overall cost.

Click Here to read more

The team at CMN has modified our training content to allow the following skills improvements to be delivered remotely, ‘home to home’.Ideal if you have downtime or staff based at home and able to devote some time to gaining personal development before the recovery comes, so please choose from the following workshop options and click this LINK to let the CMN team know which courses you want.

As a further gesture of support to you, we are not charging for your participation until further notice.

  • Marketing Your Business
  • Customer Service
  • Time Management
  • Making the Sale – No Fear!
  • Effective Marketing Strategies
  • Change Management
  • Apprenticeship Guide for Employers
  • HR Appraisals and Managing Individual Performance
  • People Management for New Supervisors
  • Conflict Management
  • Managing Difficult Behavior/ Building Effective Teams
  • Complaint Handling
  • Employability for those facing redundancy
  • Finance for Non-Financial Managers
  • Procurement/ Supply Chain Management
  • Telesales
  • Negotiation in Sales
  • Objection Handling in Sales
  • Introduction to Leadership and Management
  • Assertive Management
  • Intro to Event Management
  • Mentoring in the Workplace
  • Prejudice in the Workplace; Understanding and Mitigating
  • Effective Problem Solving

Click here to contact the training team today 

See upcoming courses on our events page

Despite the current challenges, CMN has won a significant new Training Project Fund worth £3.5 million. The project is called ‘Employer Led Skills’ and for the first time we are able to support ANY training for your business (subject to eligibility). This has never been available in Cornwall before.

The fund offers grants towards the cost of your training, provided it is arranged via CMN. The training support will be more specialist than the current free remote training workshops and we will operate on a first come, first served basis.

We will however reserve and guarantee grants for any members who let us know the training you will most likely need when we get somewhere back to ‘normal’ so please use this link to request contact from our Skills Broker team.

Part of our crisis planning has been to develop a 10-point plan that we are using as our framework to inform how we manage the current situation we find ourselves in.

Click Here to read more

We’ll be launching a weekly forum through our member messaging next week and be setting some live Q&A along with organising some bite size sessions on crisis and change management.

Alternatively if you’d like to speak to a member of the team 121, contact us today


CMN Face-2-Face is a new initiative. We will run weekly digital Face-2-Face webinars that will take place every weekfor the foreseeable future.

The webinar will allow you to access and discuss crisis help with the CMN team along with members and associates from the local sector to share ideas and allow us to better understand how COVID-19 virus crisis is affecting each of you.

To confirm your place in our next session please Contact us and you will receive a confirmation and link by return to join the webinar

We look forward to connecting with you

We are also launching a Members Forum through our member messaging and will be setting up some live Question & Answer opportunities, we will get in touch with details of those.

The team at CMN has been working proactively with a growing number of you to help mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic across our sector in Cornwall. Early crisis management  gained traction with some immediate issues being solved on an increasing scale, especially with our support to help many of you gain Business Rate and the new Discretionary Rate Grants.

We know the seasonal trades within leisure marine depend on tourism and we need support to extend beyond the short term. This part of our sector has lost significant  income for 2020 and into 2021, as lockdown measures and social distancing has meant loss of tourism business.

Please contact the CMN team if you need any assistance

More than ever at this important time, Members have an opportunity to help each other, so please use CMN to create opportunities for you to share with each other.

You may have solutions others will benefit from, or by having joint discussions you have the opportunity to learn from each other.

CMN will ensure we are a vehicle for questions, referrals, ideas and thoughts, jobs and news, directory listings, and that you benefit from our partnerships and knowledge base as well as giving you visibility through our social and partner channels where we can.

Log into the members area to make full use of these tools, Contact me if you are having any log in issues

Our message is clear, it’s business as usual and we are here to serve you.

For any help and advice please Contact us today

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