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South West firms set to take on new staff

The CBI says the outlook for job seekers in the south west is 'positive' Credit: PA

A survey says half of businesses in the south west expect to take on more staff this year - with job prospects for younger people also improving.

More than a hundred firms were questioned by the CBI. The organisation says the outlook for the year is 'positive'.

369 jobs to go at Cornwall Council

The Chief Executive of Cornwall Council, Andrew Kerr wrote to tell staff of the job losses today. Credit: ITV West Country

EXCLUSIVE: ITV West Country can reveal that nearly four hundred jobs are to go at Cornwall Council.

369 posts will be lost, 280 of them compulsory.

The council wants to make the savings by the end of next March.

Staff and unions have been told the news this morning in a letter from the council's chief executive Andrew Kerr.

Mr Kerr says in a letter to staff that the cuts will save £31 million.


Jobs blow to Redruth

175 jobs are believed to be going at an engineering firm in Redruth. Pall Europe Limited says it's moving some of its operations abroad. It's been described as a devastating blow to the town.

Workers were told of the the company's plans today. The factory has been in the town for more than 30 years. The company's other factory near Newquay is not affected. Cllr Mike Eddowes and Redruth's Mayor Cllr Judy Davidson gave us these reactions.

Statement from Pall Europe on proposed job losses

The move is part of our continued effort to ensure we are appropriately structured to deliver high-quality products and superior service to our customers worldwide. This includes developing dedicated centres that improve the effectiveness of our operations and make it easier for customers to do business with Pall. The company recently opened a new state-of-the-art Life Sciences Centre of Excellence at its new Harbourgate site in Portsmouth, creating an important Life Sciences hub for Pall.

– Huw Chapman, Managing Director, Pall Europe Limited


Costa Coffee can open in Teignmouth

Costa Coffee receives planning consent to open shop in Teignmouth. Credit: PA

Costa Coffee has been granted permission to open a branch in Teignmouth.

Councillors voted 17-4 in favour of the firm's application.

Local shop owner Thomas Free claims jobs and livelihoods in the resort will be lost when Costa arrives.

He told the planning committee the seaside town has 26 coffee shops and 92 outlets where coffee is served.

Costa said their brand attracts more customers into towns like Sidmouth and Honiton.

More than 1,500 people signed a petition against Costa's plans for Teignmouth.

BREAKING: 70 jobs could go at The Eden Project

View over the temperate domes at the Eden Project Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

The Eden Project has announced that it is aiming to reduce its annual costs by £2 million.

Staff have been informed that up to 70 jobs could be lost at its site near St Austell. A statutory consultation process is due to begin on Wednesday.

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