Cornwall Science Park to Create 750 Jobs

Goonhilly space facility, Cornwall, is being turned into a science park with the aim to create 750 jobs, reports

GES Ltd, who own the site, applied for a £7 million grant to accelerate the proposals, claiming businesses such as QinetiQ are interested in involving themselves with the site. The UK Space Agency is also said to be interested in the site’s development. The site will have links to various universities, allowing them access to the facilities which will “provide an environment for collaboration between industry and academia.”

The site is expected to become a scientific, technological and engineering hub, with opportunities for businesses in those sectors being put forward alongside the application for the government grant. GES’ Ian Jones has said with the funding, “we can accelerate this opportunity and create high volumes of high-tech jobs, which will have significant knock on benefits for Cornwall.”

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SSL International Sold to Reckitt Benckiser

NewsAs reported on the BBC News website, SSL International, makers of Durex condoms and Scholl footcare, is to be sold to Reckitt Benckiser, the company behind such brands as Cillit Bang and Finish dishwasher tablets. The deal values SSL at £2.54bn.

The purchase of SSL will widen Reckitt’s health care division and is expected to boost business in China and Japan.

SSL employs approximately 10,000 people worldwide. It has headquarters in London along with manufacturing sites in Manchester, County Durham and Cornwall. SSL is a global company with operations in over 30 countries including China. India and Thailand as well as the UK.

The Slough-based Reckitt Benckiser employs approximately 25,000 people globally.

Both Reckitt and SSL have already warned that the takeover could lead to job cuts.

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Reopening of Cornish Mine – Create 250 Jobs

As reported in the Professional Engineer, 250 engineering jobs may be created as the mining company, Western United Mines (WUM) increases its activity across their sites in Cornwall, UK.

For the last 18 months, the mining company has recently been conducting exploratory drilling at the South Crofty mine near Camborne and is set to begin activities across additional sites in the area.

According to WUM, the investigations have found potentially commercially viable concentrations of base and precious metals in mine, including copper, lead, zinc, tin, silver, indium, tungsten and gold.

Speaking of the discoveries, John Webster, Chief Operating Officer at WUM stated, ‘We know these metals are down there, it’s just a case of getting to them.’

The exploratory drilling is set to continue for a further 12-18 months before the mining company begins to produce feasibility studies and a business plan.

Webster said, ‘We have 60 people on our books at the moment and that could rise to more than 300 across two or three sites as productions begins.’

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