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Supporting City of Lights

Mel is delighted to be a corporate sponsor of this year’s City of Lights 2016 lantern parade through Truro.

Says Mel: “City of Lights has always been a big part of our families’ Christmas in Truro.  So when the opportunity came up to sponsor the event, I jumped at the chance.  The fundraising team needs as much support as possible if we want this valuable community event to continue.  People think that it is all paid for by Council Tax, but that isn’t the case and if the community doesn’t contribute, then it will come to an end.”

If you want to give to the City of Lights, contact:


Why it pays to have your BID accredited


Consider getting your Business Improvement District accredited by British BIDs, the membership organisation for the industry.  For more details read Mel Richardson’s September 2016 blog at and go to

Business Regulatory Support

Cornwall Council have launched their Business Regulatory Support Service offering a single point of contact for businesses to access regulatory support across environmental health, trading standards, licensing and fire.  Mel is delighted to have helped shape this new service.  Go to and find out what businesses are saying about this innovative new service.

Working with BID Camborne

Mel is delighted to have helped BID Camborne with their renewal. Congratulations, Camborne on a successful vote at the close of ballot on 1st December 2016.  Good luck with your second term starting in April 2017. See for details.

Simon Hendra, Owner of Hendra Health Stores and Lemon Street Market, Truro

‘I worked with Mel on the development of Cornwall’s first Business Improvement District in Truro.

With a concept so novel for the UK Mel worked extremely effectively in helping to guide the BID from inception to the final decisive ballot and beyond to a successful second term to ensure that the Truro BID became the nationally recognised success story that it is today.

Attention to detail, perseverance and diplomacy were essential qualities deployed to great effect in the City to bring the business community together with this successful  and ongoing project.’


Chris Pomfret, former Chairman, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

‘Mel was a founder member of the new LEP team for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The role of the LEP was defined but not much more.  Mel was a key member of the team that got this project up and running. Given the nature of the LEP, a private sector run body needing to follow public sector rules, it was essential that we ensured we had the right processes and procedures and a robust governance model. Mel led all of this work impeccably.’

Gavin Poole, Partner, Stephens Scown Solicitors

‘Mel was a great help in supporting the setting up and putting in place of protocols and good practices for the LEP.  Her approach was efficient, collaborative, determined and friendly; I am sure she will add value to the projects she works with.’

Building Better Opportunities between charities, social enterprise and businesses

Over 40 people from private, voluntary and public sector organisations met on 10th September to explore how they could work more closely together particularly around the issues of inclusion, skills and employment.  The event, organised by Mel Richardson Consultancy for Voluntary Sector Forum working in partnership with Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, was the beginning of a stronger dialogue and positive action between the voluntary and private sectors for the economic benefit of Cornwall.

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We can help you engage with businesses and social enterprises

Mel Richardson Consultancy can help you with:

  • Organisation of events to promote projects, ideas and productive partnership working
  • Information leaflets, proposals, action plans, reports, briefs
  • Consultation exercises and events
  • Press releases
  • Co-ordination of short films to promote projects.

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