In addition to Kelly’s of Cornwall, Bodmin is home to a number of Cornwall’s best loved food brands such as Proper Cornish, Trewithen Dairy and Tulip Foods. All the firms are members of the Bodmin Food Cluster which has identified a range of areas where they can work collaboratively to achieve continual improvement within their businesses and to deliver benefits to the Bodmin area. These include workforce development, encouraging higher level management skills and energy security.
Recently, a project to investigate energy has been undertaken by the Food Cluster working alongside the University of Exeter and the SMART Cornwall project. As a result, Kelly’s and Proper Cornish have jointly appointed David Trudgeon, a 2nd year MEng Renewable Energy student from the University of Exeter, to complete a work placement over the summer period which will utilise his recently acquired knowledge of SMART Energy Management as well as his core energy engineering skills.
David will initially be creating energy flow models which help businesses plan future strategy through recording and analysing energy usage.
“Our production volumes have doubled over the past five years and we need to be able to manage our energy usage efficiently,” said Paul Harrold, general manager at Kelly’s of Cornwall. “I look forward to hearing David’s recommendations which I am sure will be thought-provoking.”