Eden Project announces 169 layoffs


The Eden Project announced that 169 employees would be made redundant.It comes after the attraction near St Austell lost £ 7million in the first quarter of the fiscal year due to the three-month forced closure and subsequent restrictions on visitor numbers due to the coronavirus pandemic .

It was previously feared that 220 people would lose their jobs, but this was curtailed after some staff agreed to reduce their working hours and share professional roles, in addition to a significant number of visitors during the l ‘been despite the reduced capacity, Eden said.

In total, 122 of the jobs lost are full-time positions, with 72 people being dismissed voluntarily. The Eden Project says that throughout the six-week restructuring period, it has been hosting employment-related events and will keep in touch with staff leaving the company to share any new opportunities with them.

The attraction previously employed 375 full-time people before it announced 122 full-time layoffs among the total 169.

Eden Project co-founder Sir Tim Smit paid a heartfelt tribute to the departure of the staff, saying in a message to all the staff: “The Eden we see today owes so much to all of you and to those who are leaving right now.

“No one can ever take that away from you and neither should they. I am extremely proud of what everyone has accomplished.

“We will keep our fingers crossed that the economy recovers, that next year will be an absolute triumph. All we can do for now is tie our arms in solidarity and say to those who are leaving us: “Good luck and thank you very much. Don’t be a stranger. We are one family. ”

Executive Director David Harland added: “We have had to respond to the most extraordinary circumstances caused by the pandemic. Restructuring was to ensure Eden’s survival and without it Eden would not have survived.

“We are appalled to lose 169 brilliant people because of this. You leave with our love, gratitude and friendship and we will miss you dearly.

He said that 18 of those leaving had worked for Eden for 20 years or more, and 62 for 10 years or more, adding: “These numbers are staggering and we know that behind each of these numbers are huge amounts of dedication, hard work, and passion. “


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