Carley’s of Cornwall Ltd opens new organic eco-factory in Chacewater
On Thursday 25th June 2015 Carley’s of Cornwall Ltd.’s new eco factory in Chacewater was officially opened by Lisa Jones from the Soil Association.
The renovated and extended former pumping station at Wheal Daniel houses a food processing factory where the company produces its range of organic nut butters. The £1 million investment has 629 square meters of work space built to BREEAM excellent standard and has allowed the company to employ 6 more staff. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) invested £447,244 in the project.
Carley’s of Cornwall Ltdis a manufacturing company 100% dedicated to making a range of lovely organic foods. For several years they traded from a small rented factory unit in Truro, which they moved to in 2003 after the premises were refurbished. Carley’s started manufacturing because they wanted to produce a range of interesting and distinctive organic products initially just to sell in their own shop. Quite quickly friends in the area asked if they could supply them too and so a business was born. They joined the Soil Association in the 1980s, and gained their licence in 1992. Carley’s make organic products because they believe wholeheartedly in the rightness of the organic movement. They have always been advocates of the benefits of organic foods, and want to be “part of the solution, not part of the problem”.
John Carley, owner of Carley’s of Cornwall, said: ‘Work on the project started in March 2014 and production at the new factory started in January 2015. Moving to the new premises from Truro has allowed Carley’s to increase turnover by 20% and it now exports to 20 European countries.’
Councillor Julian German, Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, said: 'These refurbished and extended premises have revitalised Wheal Daniel. It shows how European funding, in this case through the ERDF programme, can work with the private sector to develop the types of quality investments we are looking for in Cornwall to drive the growth of business’ and well paid jobs.'
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Photo: Carley’s opening ceremony
Find out more about Carley’swww.carleys.co.uk/
BREEAM stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method.
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Tuesday 21 July 2015