£3.5 million factory creates 60 new jobs in Cornwall

One of the country’s fastest growing retailers has chosen Cornwall as the home of its new national distribution centre thanks to a £3.5 million investment by the South West Regional Development Agency and Objective One.

American-owned Borders Books has today (Jan 11) announced its decision to occupy a 50,000 sq ft factory being built by the RDA at St Columb Major, from where it will service its 12 superstores across the UK.

Borders will be creating 60 new jobs at St Columb Major over the next 12 months, following the relocation from its current distribution centre in Penryn, and will employ 117 staff on site by next year.

Borders’ sister company Books etc expects to create another four jobs at its own separate warehouse in Penryn, which will continue to service the 36 Books etc shops.

Philip Downer, managing director of Borders Books & Music, said: “We are committed to Cornwall and so we are particularly delighted to have found this purpose-built, cost-efficient site only some 24 miles from Penryn.

“This enables our existing high quality workforce to relocate to the new facility, where we will be recruiting 30 additional staff this year and another 30 in 2003, as we continue to open stores around the country.”

Stephen Bohane, RDA area manager for Cornwall, said: “To have attracted a national distribution centre to the heart of Cornwall is proof that geography need not be an impediment to investment.

“This is one of the largest speculative units to be built in Cornwall for some years and the largest to date under the Objective One programme. To have let it so swiftly underlines the huge demands for workspace we are seeing across Cornwall, which is indicative of a growing confidence in the county.”

Objective One programme director Bill Bawden said: “We’re beginning to see significant changes in how this area of Cornwall is being perceived as a location for business because of the future upgrading of the A30 across Goss Moor, and Borders’ decision is powerful evidence of that.

“That an international company feels confident enough to base a national distribution business in Cornwall, servicing shops as far away as Glasgow and Edinburgh, speaks volumes for the quality of the local workforce and dispels the myth that Cornwall is remote.”

Tim Bagshaw, head of inward investment at the RDA, said: “We have been negotiating with Borders both here and in the United States for a long time to try to secure this investment for Cornwall, and we are delighted that we have been successful.

“The availability of new premises at St Columb Major was a key factor in the company deciding to go ahead with this expansion in the county.”

The factory is being built by Cornwall-based Midas Construction and has been funded by a £1.82 million investment by the RDA and £1.69 million from the European Regional Development Fund under Objective One.


Editors notes:

The new 50,000 sq ft Borders Distribution Centre is located at Trekenning, St Columb Major. The company is relocating from its current 12,000 sq ft distribution centre in Penryn.

The manager will be Andy Martin, with a staff of 87 initially, including 57 relocating from Penryn. 30 new warehouse staff will be recruited during spring/summer 2002 and another 30 during 2003.

Books etc will continue to operate its 15,000 sq ft separate distribution centre in Penryn, with a staff of 24, including four new jobs to be created during 2002.

Borders Books & Music is one of the two trading divisions of Borders (UK) Ltd, who also operate 36 Books etc high street and airport bookshops. Borders (UK) Ltd, is a subsidiary of Borders Group Inc., the leading global retailer of books, music, video and other information and entertainment items, with some 1300 stores worldwide including over 380 Borders superstores in the US, UK, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.


Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel:01872 241379
Fax:01872 241388