A&P Falmouth’s role as a major local employer and the significant value it brings to the Cornish economy have been the focus of a ministerial visit.
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Farming, Food and the Marine Environment, George Eustice and prospective South West MEP James Cracknell, the former Olympic rower, visited the dockyard recently.
They heard first-hand of A&P’s vision to secure the future prosperity of the port and why a deep-water channel was needed into the port to safeguard the existing port functions, as well as developing businesses which need bigger ships to come into Falmouth port with deeper drafts.
A&P Falmouth has a 270-strong permanent skilled workforce with a £13 million annual wage bill; handles over 100 projects a year and the majority of the company purchasing is spent in Cornwall and the South West region.
Mr Eustice and Mr Cracknell were briefed on the economic value of A&P Falmouth to Cornwall and how vital the Port of Falmouth Development Initiative is to ensure the port growth potential is achieved. They also heard about A&P’s adult trainees and how the company is successfully creating local skilled apprenticeship jobs for local people.