Proper Cornish pasty firm gets £1.5m for new offices

A tray of Cornish pasties Pic: PA
Image caption Proper Cornish has been awarded £1.5m to convert an empty unit in Bodmin

A Cornish pasty company has received £1.5m to build new offices.

Proper Cornish, the Bodmin based pasty firm, has been awarded the investment through the Business Catalyst Fund.

It said the project will safeguard the jobs of the existing 183 strong workforce and create 50 new jobs over the next two years.

The Business Catalyst Fund is managed by the Cornwall Development Company, funded from the regional growth fund.

The money means the pasty company can convert an empty 48,000 sq ft (4,460 sq m) unit on the Walker Lines Industrial Estate in Bodmin to accommodate a modern bakery and head office under one roof.

Chris Pomfret from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership said: "[The investment] has enabled a project that will safeguard the existing business but will also create new jobs and promote growth, which is a key priority for the economy of Cornwall in 2013."

Paul Saunders, Group Financial Director for Proper Cornish, said "Funds such as these are vital in the current economic climate and we are excited to be able to move the business forward in such a positive way."

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