Year round opening creates new jobs
at Cornish hotel
Forty new full time jobs have been created at a leading Cornish
hotel thanks to an exciting expansion project that
has enabled them to open all year round.
The Bedruthan Steps Hotel at Trenance, Mawgan Porth, received
a £22,300 grant from the Objective One funded Cornwall
and Isles of Scilly Food and Drink Partnership Scheme towards
the £56,000 total cost of the project.
It involved the redesign of the hotel's two restaurants,
children's tearoom, poolside bar and barbecue area and
the purchase of new kitchen equipment.
The new a la carte restaurant the Indigo Bay
offers a spectacular view of the North Cornwall coast and
a superb menu featuring the best local produce Cornwall has
Building on the 40 new posts that were formerly seasonal
and so were lost during the winter, the hotel is now focusing
on the development of a skilled permanent team with appropriate
training to give an ever-improving service to guests.
Project manager Jamie Alexander said: "We are delighted
to be able to open all year as it enables us to welcome local
guests to our new restaurant as well as improve facilities
for holiday visitors.
"Many regular guests who stay in the summer have commented
on how welcoming the hotel is in the winter with the log fire
and a la carte restaurant. We have always used local produce
and the Indigo Bay Restaurant is committed to giving diners
the best Cornwall can offer.
"This first year has given us a good foundation on which
to build for the future with an amazing number of enquiries
for conference and banqueting facilities."
Graham Woolcock, of Business Link, programme manager for
the Cornwall Food and Drink Partnership Scheme, said: "We
are proud to have created new jobs and to be associated with
this magnificent venue for all types of holidaymaker.
"They will now be able to appreciate fully not only
the quality of the hotel but the best Cornish produce. More
than £150,000 worth of Cornish produce can already be
linked back to local producers and we expect this figure to
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Food and Drink Partnership
Scheme helps businesses involved in the food and drink industries
in the Objective One area. It is funded by the European Agricultural
Guidance and Guarantee Fund and the Department for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs and delivered through a partnership
involving the Business Link service for Devon and Cornwall
and Taste of the West.
The scheme, which provides business, technical and development
advice as well as capital and marketing grant aid, is open
to food and drink processors, caterers, wholesalers, retailers
and agricultural producers. Up to 50 per cent of the total
cost of a project is available and all applicants must show
a link to Cornish agricultural production.
There is a fast track application process where the total
project cost does not exceed £10,000 and a mainstream
programme for projects up to £120,000 (maximum grant
support level £60,000).
For more information contact Business Link on 0845 600 9966
or Taste of the West on 01579 349363.
For further press information please contact
Ian Gent on 0845 600 9966 or 07771 631518 or Lucy Batchelor
on 0845 600 9966.
For the Bedruthan Steps Hotel contact Jamie
Alexander on 01637 860555.
The European Agricultural Guidance
and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF)
The European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF)
is one of the four funds that make up the Objective One Programme
for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly which is making £314m
available to support the local economy between 2000 and 2006.
EAGGF aims to:
Help preserve the link between diversified
farming and the land.
Improve and support the competitiveness of agriculture
as a key activity in rural areas.
Ensure the diversification of the economy in rural
Help to keep thriving communities in rural areas.
Preserve and improve the environment, the landscape
and the rural heritage.
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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