The Cornish peninsula juts out into the Atlantic Ocean at England’s most westerly tip. Its physical isolation has provided the foundations for a distinct identity spanning thousands of years. Cornwall has its own language, traditions, and some of the most iconic scenery in Britain.

Despite having some of the oldest industries in the world, Cornwall never urbanised, giving it a balance of urban and rural not seen elsewhere in the UK. It is home to a population of nearly 600,000 people but welcomes over 5 million visitors annually. However, despite its natural beauty and vibrant community life, Cornwall faces a challenging economic position and remains one of the least productive economic regions in the UK.

The people of Cornwall have a long history of adapting to need. This explains, at least in part, why the county has become a hub for the creative industries and a leader in design thinking in the 21st Century.

Around 11,000 people are currently employed in the creative industries in Cornwall – some five per cent of the region’s entire workforce, generating roughly the same proportion of its GDP.

Cornwall has the third fastest growing technology sector in the UK, with a dedicated university for the creative industries that has a specific stream on gaming and software programming, and credentials in energy and space technology.

Cornwall’s ambitious spaceport project will capture the imaginations of young designers to help pioneer new applications of satellite technologies.

More and more we are turning to design to make Cornwall a smart and adaptive place.

Contacts: Brussels: Katie Cavell, Cornwall Brussels Representative,; +32 (0)490 646 058