Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 11:00

Representatives from more than 40 local businesses have celebrated Eden’s new Key Supplier Initiative with an evening showcasing the project’s existing partnerships and its plans for the future.

The Eden Project spends more than £12 million every year on products and services, many of which are supplied by businesses based in Cornwall and the South West.

A total of 101 companies have been identified by Eden’s Procurement Team as key suppliers providing a high level of service and quality, and a commitment to waste efficiency and maximising sustainable practise.

The organisations were invited to attend the celebratory evening where they received special certificates recognising their work and heard how Eden plans to build on these relationships to unlock new opportunities, maintain a strong buying ethos and build the most sustainable supply chain possible.

Lorna Wiles Textiles is one of the local suppliers that has benefitted from working with Eden. The Lostwithiel-based business started off printing basic tea towels more than five years ago. By sharing skills and ideas with Eden’s Product Development Team, the company has now been certified by the Soil Association and produces some of Eden’s most popular shop products, including deck chairs, oven gloves and aprons.

Andrew Holden, Procurement Director at Eden, said: "At Eden we are privileged to have the best suppliers in Cornwall and the South West as our partners. The diversity is staggering, everything from local butchers, farmers and growers through to timber merchants, builders and constructers.

“Having all this talent gathered in one place and imagining the knowledge and skills in the room is breath-taking. Just thinking about what else we can achieve through collaboration and sharing best practise is incredibly exciting"

To find out more about Eden’s suppliers and how to become one, go to: