Eden Project 'turns corner' as finances improve

The Eden Project has told staff its new accounts, soon to be filed to Companies House, showed a trading surplus of just over £2m for the year to the end of March.

That compares with a loss of about £1.4m a year previously.

Visitors for the first five months were "a couple of percent" higher than a year before, despite poor weather in the early part of 2014 and the Dawlish rail line being closed because of flooding.

Eden launched in 2001 with up to 2m visitors a year but 2013 saw only 858,000 visitors, a factor which led to 68 staff redundancies during 2013/14.

Plans for the year ahead include a youth hostel on the site.

Finance director David Harland said: "These results show that Eden has turned the corner after a difficult year in which we had to make some very hard decisions.

"We have lost valuable staff in a painful restructure process but by cutting costs across the board we have ensured that the project is now on a very sound footing."


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