Thursday, 19 November 2015


Last week I visited the King Edward Mine near Troon.  They have just had a major investment to restore some of the old buildings and to create new working space for local entrepreneurs.  

For many years this was the site of the Camborne School of Mines. Even after the School of Mines was relocated to Pool alongside Cornwall College, the King Edward mine remained the place where trainee miners gained their practical experience underground.  A couple of years ago, the venue hosted the international student mining competition which is testament to the fact that Camborne and Redruth remains the birth place of modern mining.  

Some of the old building had fallen into a state of disrepair and, with the help of Heritage Lottery Grants and Cornwall Council, these have been restored to their former glory.  There are several new businesses already working out of the site including a therapist, a new project aimed at improving our water quality, a consultancy that specialises in design and storytelling for museums across the country and Kernow Spa who manufacture and sell everything from candles to perfumes.

We are seeing lots of good examples locally where new businesses are taking root.  Large Diameter Drilling have recently opened their new factory at Tolvaddon and I had a chance to see what has been achieved there this week.  This is a world leading company specialising in heavy engineering and drilling technology and they are involved in projects around the world including Panama, Argentina, Alaska, Malaysia and Australia.  It's great that the legacy of Holmans lives on through new, world leading companies like LDD.  

Terror attacks in France

The appalling terrorist atrocities in Paris last weekend have caused an outpouring of sympathy and solidarity with France.  These attacks could have happened anywhere. We had similar attacks in London a decade ago.  It is a reminder that we cannot ignore insecurity and instability in other parts of the world but must stand together to fight brutal terrorist groups with whom it is not possible to reason.