Pirate FM News

70 Jobs at Risk at Eden Project

news - eden

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:01am 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.

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Pirate FM

Suggested articles

Sir Patrick Stewart breaks with Labour after 70 years over Jeremy Corbyn's Brexit stance

National News: Sir Patrick Stewart has signalled a break with Labour over Jeremy Corbyn's stance on Brexit, having supported the party for more than 70 years.

Maurizio Sarri sure Eden Hazard will stay at Chelsea

Sports News: Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says he is sure Eden Hazard will remain at the club beyond the end of the European transfer window.

Trending in Cornwall

VIDEO: Visit Cornwall stops actively promoting two beaches

This is amid fears about overcrowding this summer

Taxi drivers handed licences despite convictions

Cases in Cornwall include drink-driving and speeding

Four rescued as blow-up chair drifts off Cornish coast

A broken down jet-ski was towing the inflatable

WATCH: Dolphins filmed feeding off Newquay

The footage of around 15 is lovely!

WATCH: Minister makes pledge on pollution in Cornwall

Plastic waste could be tackled through the tax system

Another comedian enters the cream tea debate

Sarah Millican does it a VERY different way

Huge spike in demand at Cornwall's biggest hospital

Some staff at A&E are working almost double shifts

Over 1,600 drivers caught speeding in one week

Devon and Cornwall Police launched a summer crackdown

Teenagers cut off by tide at Cornish harbour

The pair were angling at Marazion late on Thursday

10 things you know only if you grew up in Truro

City secrets only true locals get!

More news...

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall