Newly renovated business units available at King Edward Mine

What do Cornwall Wildlife Trust, KernowSpa and Scribble & Nonsense have in common?

King Edward Mine
They are all organisations that have recently secured a workspace in one of the newly renovated buildings which form part of King Edward Mine in Troon, Camborne.  A total of nine workspaces have been created by carefully restoring and renovating the derelict Grade II* Listed historic Count House and Carpenters’ Shop.  The Assay Office complex is also being converted into a cafe that is due to open in June 2016.
The renovation work has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cornwall Council. 
The remaining six workspaces will be available for occupation from 1September 2015 and will be suited to businesses working within the knowledge economy and creative industries’ sector.  All enquiries should be directed to Neil Sargent at Savills - Smiths Gore, Chartered Surveyors in Truro who are advising Cornwall Council on the proposed lettings. Telephone: 01872 274646 or email [email protected]
Tamsin Daniel, Culture Programme Officer (Economic Development & Culture), said: ‘It’s fantastically exciting having tenants moving into the new units at King Edward Mine and being able to announce the news that the remaining 6 units will be available from the beginning of September.  King Edward Mine is the oldest, best preserved mine site within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and was Camborne School of Mines’ training mine from 1888 until quite recently.  Conserving these two buildings and bringing them back into economic use as affordable workspaces will support local businesses and the future of King Edward Mine Museum, an award-winning heritage attraction.’
Kernowspa produce a luxury, hand-made skincare and home fragrance range using natural products supplied by Cornish businesses wherever possible.  The husband and wife team started their business at home three years ago, before moving to a small unit near Penzance.  Increase in turnover, including sales out of county, as well as securing contracts with prestigious retailers prompted the move the King Edward Mine.
Helen Belt, Technical Director and founder of the business said: ‘The move to King Edward Mine will allow us to really grow the business.  We are opening a retail outlet and plan to recruit two people to help cope with the increasing demand for our products.  It’s great to be around other businesses and we hope that visitors drawn to King Edward Mine museum and café will boost sales too.’ 
Laurence Belt, Sales and Marketing Manager, added: ‘The extra space will be critical in our growth plans and has already allowed us to extend our range into products for men.’
Scribble & Nonsense, an interpretation design and editorial consultancy moved into their workspace at King Edward Mine one month ago. Jeff ‘scribbles’ the designs while his business partner and wife, Georgi, interprets the ‘nonsense’ into plain English.  The move to the new workspace with the business was particularly attractive, having won the contract to design the new Boiler House exhibition at King Edward Mine in the previous year.  This exhibition will open to the public in June 2016.
Jeff Bellingham, Design Partner at Scribble & Nonsense said: ‘Our consultancy is based around heritage sector, so the new workspace is perfect for our needs. Having extra workspace means we can accommodate freelance workers and has enabled us to invest in large-format print production technologies, so we are now in a position to offer in-house print production with our new, solvent-free, eco printer. This will allow us to bid for new projects much more efficiently and competitively.’ 
Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s head office is in Allet, Shortlanesend but it is establishing a satellite office at King Edward Mine for a new Upstream Thinking project in collaboration with South West Water.  The satellite office, which opens at the end of August 2015, will create nine new jobs to work on the project which helps farmers to decrease soil run off and optimise use of pesticides so that better quality water reaches reservoirs.
Peter Warman, Upstream Thinking Project Manager, said: ‘Being located at King Edward Mine made sense because it is central to the 3 water catchments involved in our Upstream Thinking project.  The King Edward Mine site and our neighbours in the other units are also a fantastic fit with the values of Cornwall Wildlife Trust; namely environment, economy, heritage and education working together in harmony.’ 
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Photo: King Edward Mine unit 8 nearing completion
About ERDF Convergence
The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Convergence European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013 is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government. It is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. 
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Tuesday 21 July 2015