Community Led Local Development Provides an Unexpected Lifeline

It’s always good to hear how one of our grants has helped a business but even more so when it has helped them weather the storm that is Covid-19.

Chris Smith was one of our earliest Cornwall-based recipients of an Enterprise Small Grant, way back in June 2019 when the world was a very different place.

Like many in the creative industries, the lockdown hit Chris pretty hard with lots of calendared work cancelled by clients. He has had to adapt and come up with new ways to work and is keen to point out the positive impact of his grant funding and the support he has received from the CLLD team.

“The specialist camera equipment I managed to purchase due to a CLLD grant has helped me greatly. Without this kit, I wouldn’t have been able to pivot so quickly to home-studio filming.  This has allowed me to continue to work with existing clients and embark on new projects even during lockdown. I’ve been able to offer remote editing for those clients still unable to return to their place of work and, in line with Government guidance, I’m returning to location shooting, equipped with sanitisers and face masks, having seen a rise in enquiries from clients wanting to quick start their return to the marketplace.”

We wish Chris luck for the future