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outside the Southwest region. Part of this can be attributed to workshopsorganised by collaborating organisations whose client group extends beyondCornwall. For example in 2004, Agri-Bip (based in Okehampton, Devon)organized workshops on CAP reform in Cornwall that will have attractedparticipants from Devon. This cross border access to training flows both ways asAgri-Bip operated similar courses in Devon, funded by ERDP VTS, andattracted Cornish participants, whose attendance would have been funded byObjective 1.Table 2: Beneficiaries of the VTS scheme in CornwallYear ofVTSCornishBeneficiariesOther SouthWestBeneficiariesOther SouthWestBeneficiariesTotalBeneficiaries2000 73% 25% 2% 1672001 72% 26% 2% 7242002 72% 26% 2% 23052003 75% 22% 3% 41762004*66% 31% 3% 5524All Years 70% 27% 3% 12896* Up to end of September 2004 Source: Centre for Rural Research & Duchy CollegeTable 3: The percentage growth of VTS participationYearPercentage Growth over PreviousYear2000 122Growth (number of participants)2001 519 425%2002 1663 320%2003 3140 189%2004* 3337 106%* Up to end of September 2004 Source: Centre for Rural Research & Duchy CollegeThe number of VTS beneficiaries has grown each year since 2000. In 2001, thisgrowth was particularly large because project approval was received toward theend of 2000 and in consequence few events were run. This growth might havebeen even greater but was affected the outbreak of foot and mouth disease thefirst half on 2001. Growth has continued at a decreasing rate, but with anincreasing number of participants and by the end of 2004 it is estimated that9000 Cornish beneficiaries will have participated in the VTS scheme (Table 3).This growth has been underpinned by the provision of a diverse range trainingevents – from foot-trimming to business development.55

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