Barriers to growth outlined on Ministerial visit

Thursday 20th March 2014

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.

 


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