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70 Jobs at Risk at Eden Project

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8:50am 29th January 2013
(Updated 8:50am 29th January 2013)

Up to seventy jobs could go at the Eden Project.

The attraction is blaming falling visitor numbers, caused by the Olympics, the washout summer and the recession.

The total equates one in six of its staff.

In a statement the charity said that it had to find ways of saving £2m a year and that a statutory consultation process would begin on Wednesday.

The losses are expected to stretch across all areas of the Bolventor attraction's operations.

In a letter to all staff biomes boss Tim Smit said: "No sugar-coated pill will ease the anguish for those affected, all we can say to those of you who will be leaving is thank you so much for all you have given Eden and we hope you will depart feeling a great deal of pride in all you have achieved in creating a very special place, for now and for the future."

Malcolm Bell from Visit Cornwall said: "The challenge is to make sure you still provide a good visitor experience. I know the Eden team, I've got every confidence it'll be maintained, but you don't want to start the vicious circle of having to cut, lowering the visitor experience and having to cut again.

"We're finding it Cornwall it's getting harder and harder to work to get new visitors for the first time. Of course new visitors are a primary target for Eden because anyone coming to Cornwall for the first time will want to go to Eden."

Eden estimates it pumps £100m a year into the Cornish economy and says it has a string of new projects in the pipeline, but not soon enough to preserve the jobs at risk.

8:50am 29th January 2013

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