The developer of the new ‘Cornucopia’ attraction, which is being constructed on the outskirts of St Austell, has launched an initiative that is set to help the county’s smaller-scale food and drink producers launch and sell their fare without the expense associated with renting a retail unit.

The company has set aside a dedicated retail space within its new Cornish food and drink attraction for ‘cottage industry’ sized producers.

Sam Healy, from WMC Retail Partners Plc, the company behind the development, said: “There are people making truly fantastic, home-made food and drink within our county and whilst they can sell their goods at occasional special themed markets, we’re offering them the opportunity to take their sales to the next level with an all-year-round modern sales environment that will be heavily promoted.

“We know just how daunting it can be when launching a new business and the costs that can be incurred and our new cottage business initiative has been designed to help these smaller producers expand their business.”

Located at the St Austell Bay Retail and Leisure Park, Cornucopia will also be home to the UK’s first interactive tribute to the Cornish Pasty, along with a range of retail units, a licensed bar, restaurant seating, a demonstration kitchen and an events space that will play host to an all-year-round calendar of events that will entertain visitors.