A weekly round up of recent Truro BID activities

The festivities are almost here...

With 2 weeks to go until the City of Lights Parade and Christmas Lights switch-on here is some useful information for businesses in the city.

  • The event starts at 7pm on Wednesday 23rd November
  • The Christmas Lights will be switched on in tandem with the procession. To see the route click here
  • Road closures will be in place from 3pm on Lemon St, Princess St, St Nicholas St, Boscawen St and King St
  • Kenwyn St, Little Castle St, River St and Victoria Square will be closed from 6pm. 
  • Calenick St will be closed to through traffic from 6pm but access to the car park will remain open.
  • There will not be available parking on Lemon Street from 6pm
  • The roads will reopen at the latest of 10pm
  • A reminder please for businesses to not leave any rubbish / recycling out for collection in front of their stores on Wednesday evening as the streets will need to be kept clear, and also to arrange deliveries outside of the road closer times above. Thank you.
This years City of Lights event would not be happening without the emergency funding given by Totally Truro and the City Council. This event (now in its 20th year) is solely reliable on the generous donations made by businesses and the public. The Truro BID team have been working tirelessly in recent weeks to help the City of Lights team increase the awareness of the fundraising efforts needed to fund the event. A series of fundraising initiatives have already been set up and we are grateful to the businesses who have already donated. Public donations can be made by texting COLT16 £amount to 70070. There is a suggested donation of £2. We would be grateful if as many businesses as possible could share the donation text number through your own communications. Also, if you would be happy to have a collection bucket in your premises please email  
Truro Arts on River St are holding a lantern making workshop on Sunday 13th Nov. For more info click here
Our 2016 Christmas campaign is now in bus shelters around Cornwall #ourgreatlittlefestivecity 
Truro Safe partnership gears up for the festive season Read more
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Nalders Partner to Cycle to ALL OFFICES!

On 23 June 2016, Peter Griffiths, the Head of Nalders Private Client Department, cycled from Nalders Head Office at Farley House, Truro to each of their offices, returning to Truro in time for their annual Summer Drinks Party. Peter cycled the 103 miles around Nalders offices calling at Truro, St Austell, Newquay, Camborne, Penzance, Helston, Falmouth and Truro.

Peter undertook this mammoth in support of Nalders ‘Charity of the Year’ ROC raising over £500. ROC aims to help as many people as possible who have learning disabilities to be who they want to be.  ROC works towards making this happen by valuing and supporting all people who use their services and their supporters. Peter and Nalders are proud to play a part in furthering ROC’s Vision & Mission.

Please support him by donating at

EU REFERENDUM 20th June, Lemon Street Market, 6 - 8pm

Truro Chamber are holding a EU Referendum on the 20th of June, there will be a representative for Stay and Leave, please come along and get involved!

  • Lord Robin Teverson - IN
  • George Eustace MP - OUT

If you would like to attend this event please RSVP to


Community Led Local Development in Cornwall

We wanted to let you know about two economy and employment consultation  events in Truro on Thursday 26th  at Lemon Quay from 12:00Noon to 3:00PM and then the Malabar Community Centre from 3:30 to  6:30PM    . This may be of interest to your members and their employees.

We have been commissioned by the Cornwall Development Company (CDC) to help deliver and engage on a Local Development Strategy for the County focussed on the most deprived neighbourhoods in Cornwall (in terms of the Index of Multiple Deprivation). Our contact at CDC is David Rodda, Rural Delivery Manager, Cornwall Development Company on 01872 324649  or 07968 892939. 

As part of our work we are running in the region of 40 workshops and drop in events across Cornwall during May and June of this year. A poster promoting all the events together with a programme and posters for the Truro events are  attached to this email.

As more background our website is now live includes the whole programme of events. We also have social media sites  twitter; ( #cornwall community)  and facebook;  Further events will be added to the schedule once they are finalised. 


How to impose restrictions on employees before they leave your business, Sekoya Specialist Employment Services

An employer may wish to restrict the activity of employees that leave their business to prevent customers, staff and suppliers from being poached. It is becoming increasingly common place for employers to use post-termination restrictions to protect their business in this regard.

Restrictions on post-termination activities have to be drafted carefully and professional legal advice should be sought. The clauses will only be enforced if they go no further than is necessary to protect the employer’s legitimate business interests such as its customers, trade secrets and confidential information.

In Bartholomews Agri Food Ltd v Thornton, the employee’s contract stated that he could not solicit any customers of the company for six months after his employment terminated. Unusually, the restriction provided for the employee to receive full pay throughout its duration. Nevertheless the High Court ruled that it was in restraint of trade and unenforceable.

This was because the employee signed up to the restriction when he was a junior member of staff with no customer contacts. It was unenforceable at the time agreed and therefore remained unenforceable, regardless of the employee’s subsequent promotion to a role where it would have been regarded as reasonable. In addition, the Court found that the restriction was unreasonably wide as it applied to all the company’s customers, not just those the employee had worked with. The Court decided that the fact that the employee would have received full pay during the period of restraint did not save the restriction from being unenforceable.

When updating or introducing new restrictions during employment, employers also need to ensure that they provide a real benefit to the employee in return for him agreeing to the new restraint. They should therefore tie the introduction of the restriction to, for example, a promotion or pay rise. A further recent case demonstrates that a failure to do so will mean that the restriction is unenforceable.

An employer should:-
- carefully consider and document the reasons why it requires a particular period of restriction and this should be varied depending on the level of seniority of an employee within a business. A simple blanket six or 12 month restriction for all employees will not be sufficient and a “one size fits all” approach should be avoided; and

- ensure that the employee is managed correctly if they leave to work for a competitor. An employer’s actions should not exacerbate the tensions to which these situations often give rise; if the employer inadvertently breaches the employee’s contract of employment, the restrictions the employer was seeking to rely on will no longer be enforceable.

- Seek the advice of specialist lawyer when considering the length and type of restrictions to be imposed. Even with expert advice there are no absolute guarantees that the restrictions shall be agreed by the Court. However, seeking qualified and experienced advice will give you the best possible chance of protecting your legitimate business interests.

Our team of lawyers at Sekoya would be delighted to discuss with you your current approach to post-termination restrictions and to suggest ways that we can support your business to ensure that your employment contracts give your business the required level of protection.

Donna Negus, Director

HR and Employment Law Specialist

Sekoya Specialist Employment Services

01872 306100 




Rating in Brief Budget 2016, Lambert Smith Hampton

Our Budget 2016 edition of Rating in Brief summarises what the Chancellor’s key changes to business rates will mean for ratepayers.


In this issue:

Click here to read the article!


Truro Car Park Season Ticket!

- Annual parking from less than £1.10 per day

- Up to five ciy centre car parks to choose from or call the permit team on 0300 1234 222

Download here!

A30 Chiverton to Carland Improvement Scheme

First edition of the A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross Improvement Scheme quarterly newsletter to keep you informed of the progress.

Read the full newsletter here!


The end of the tax return for small businesses

Please find an article from Jim Harra, Director General for Business Tax, HMRC, about changes to the Tax Return process, and how we are working to make tax easier by Making Tax Digital. To read the whole article click here.


BBC Dragons' Den

The BBC's Dragons' Den series, in which budding entrepreneurs get three minutes to pitch their business ideas to five multi-millionaires willing to invest their own cash, is currently searching for business ideas, inventions or products with serious business potential seeking investment.

Any members who are interested are encouraged to get in touch with them directly by applying via their website:, or by emailing


Loved-Up Interiors Launch 12th Nov!

Loved-Up launch to coincide with Bennetton birthday on Thursday the 12th, 12:00 - 19:00. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Nalders Court, Pydar Street, Truro TR1 2XH


The Living Wage

Small change; big difference

The Living Wage Foundation recognises and celebrates the leadership shown by Living Wage Employers across the UK. We believe that work should be the surest way out of poverty.

The modern UK Living Wage Campaign was launched by members of London Citizens in 2001. The founders were parents in the East End of London, who wanted to remain in work, but found that despite working two or more minimum wage jobs they were struggling to make ends meet and were left with no time for family and community life.

For more information and to get involved please visit their website

Get Involved?

Leigh Ibbotson’s companies Cher Varya Group and Kerdene have been organising Cornwall’s Living Wage event alongside Patrick Langmaid of Mother Iveys Bay Holiday Park. The event takes place on the evening of 6th November - to fall on the Friday of Living Wage Week - at The Farmers Arms in St Merryn which is seeking accreditation to become the only Living Wage venue in Cornwall. The event is both to promote and celebrate the Living Wage in Cornwall and amongst the attendees are Scott Mann MP, Visit Cornwall, Cornwall Air Ambulance... as well as potential and accredited businesses from across the county. Currently only 9 Cornish companies are accredited, 3 of which are owned by my Director Leigh Ibbotson (Kerdene Ltd, Cher Varya Group Ltd, and Clean Break Cornwall Ltd). Patrick Langmaid has also been nominated for an award for his enthusiastic work in promoting the Living Wage across Cornwall.


Visit by the Lord Speaker to Truro - 15 October 2015


Members of Truro business community will have the opportunity to give their views to one of the country’s key influencers at an event next week (Thursday, 15th October)

Baroness D’Souza, the Lord Speaker, has invited members of the Truro Chamber of Commerce, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and the HFC Networks Club to meet to discuss economic issues and trading conditions affecting local firms, particularly how the interests and voices of business (large and small) are voiced through the House of Lords


The event, which takes place in the Council Chamber, Municipal Buildings, Boscawen St, Truro, TR1 2NE at 7.15pm on 15 October, has been organized by The City of Truro Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Hall for Cornwall and Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.

Speaking ahead of her visit, the Lord Speaker said: “I’m very much looking forward to the visit to Truro and to meeting with the business community there. It’s vital that local businesses and representatives of trade and commerce understand they can share their concerns and issues with members of the House of Lords and I hope all parties will find it an interesting and rewarding event.”

Giles Horne, Chairman of The City of Truro Chamber of Commerce says: “Securing a meeting with the Lord Speaker is a tremendous coup for Truro Chamber. With the pace of economic growth quickening and business confidence growing, this event is an ideal opportunity for our members to gain an understanding of how to influence Government policy through the House of Lords.”

The event is free to attend, with a limited number of places available. Businesses can reserve their places by emailing


7.15 – Arrival at venue (registration for attendees)

7.30 - Welcome and introduction from the Chair

7.45 – Talk by Baroness D’Souza

8.15 – Questions from the audience

8.45 - End of questions and thanks

9pm - Event end



Nigel Parriss and Bearnie Beale were presented with the Truro Day People's Trophy 2015!