Launceston is a thriving town sitting right on the border between Devon and Cornwall, perfectly situated for businesses looking to serve the entire southwest peninsula.
Launceston is next to the junction of the A30 and the A388. The A30 is a major dual carriageway, the main trunk road carrying traffic from Cornwall and Devon to the M5 motorway at Exeter and the rest of the UK. The A388 is the main road connecting Launceston to Plymouth and the rest of the Tamar Valley. Truro, Plymouth and Exeter are all less than an hour away by road. Bristol is two hours by road, Birmingham a little over three hours and London about 4 hours.
For rail travel, Bodmin Parkway (30 minutes westwards), Plymouth and Exeter St David’s all offer access to national inter-city services.
The nearest airport is Newquay (45 minutes away by road), where there are flights to Gatwick and Manchester all year round plus many more destinations in the summer. Exeter and Bristol airports are larger, with flights to many European destinations.
Launceston has benefited from the Superfast Cornwall program to bring fast fibre connections to the town, and the program continues, working on bringing faster connections to even out of the way locations. There are still some hard-to-reach areas where connectivity can be an issue, but the fibre based network now covers 95% of premises in Cornwall, with nearly 90% able to connect with superfast speeds of over 24Mbps. Typical superfast broadband connection speeds in and around Launceston our town vary from about 8Mbps to 39Mbps (as of Sept 2015).
The Local Business Community
The local business community is primarily represented by Launceston Chamber of Commerce. While the town centre is characterised by independent retailers, three industrial estates provide small to large-sized light industrial units for a variety of manufacturing and service industries. The largest of these, Pennygillam Industrial Estate, is just off the A30.
Launceston has a successful loyalty card scheme, the Love Launceston loyalty card, which has more than 100 business members. Each business provides an offer to local shoppers who show their Loyalty Card at point of purchase.
Local government is divided between Launceston Town Council and Cornwall Council. Both councils are very supportive of the business community, and the Town Council works closely with Launceston Chamber of Commerce on projects such as the Christmas Lights. We are very grateful to them for all the support that they give us.