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Cornwall Gets A Giant Jobs Boost
10:43am 14th August 2014
(Updated 10:43am 14th August 2014)
Cornwall gets a giant jobs boost.
250 new posts are being created at the international meat supplier Tulip Foods Ltd.
It has sites in Bugle, Bodmin and Redruth.
The company, that supplies meat to supermarkets, has won sixteen million pounds of local and government funding.
Now it is expanding and buying new kit.
It already employs 1800 people.
Chris Pomfret is from the Local Enterprise Partnership, who helped fund the investment, he said: "The reality of Cornwall is that it is a very vibrant economy, we talk about tourism which is hugely important for us, but we skate over the fact we have a very vibrant digital economy, we have a huge food industry, a very big marine industry.
"I think it is really, really important for Cornwall, what it first says is that Cornwall is a great place to do business because this is a Danish company expressing a big act of faith in the work force and Cornwall by investing sixteen million pounds."
Welcoming the news Julian German, Cornwall Council's Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, said: "Today's announcement from Tulip Ltd is very good news for Cornwall and securing this much needed investment has been a real 'Team Cornwall' effort. I would particularly like to pay tribute to staff from the Council's economic development company who have worked extremely hard behind the scenes to help bring this project to a successful conclusion. When Cornwall pulls together, it is great to see what we can achieve."
Stephen Gilbert, Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell and Newquay, helped secure the RGF investment for the project from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, including a one-to-one meeting with Business Secretary Vince Cable to underline the importance of food processing to the Cornish economy.
Mr Gilbert said: "This is a massive vote of confidence by Tulip in its Cornish operations and it wouldn't have happened without the support the LEP, the council and central Government. Together they have helped secure growth and job creation by a major employer in one of our key industries - that's great news for the economy and great news for Cornwall."
Tulip said that subject to planning consent is hoped to start work on its expansion plans during the autumn of 2014 with completion of the project targeted for the first half of 2015.10:43am 14th August 2014
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