A MEETING is to take place behind closed doors on Friday between traders and management to reveal Heartlands’ new business model.
Cornwall Council, which is partnered with Heartlands, confirmed a meeting was organised for 3pm at the £37 million heritage site to provide an update on the new business plan, developed in December.
The meeting comes after Heartlands submitted a planning application to change the use of five premises from artists studios to attract more “creative” businesses.
A spokesman from Cornwall Council said: “The meeting on Friday is between the traders at Heartlands and the Heartlands Trust.
“It will not be a public meeting and will be focusing on providing an update to the traders on the new business plan and future aspirations of the site.
“The change of use application is an element of the new business plan for Heartlands.
“The change of use aims to give greater flexibility over the type of business which is allowed to occupy the units available for rent in Market Square at Heartlands.
Heartlands aims to see Market Square populated with a diverse mix of units which provide a year round presence.
“This is emphasised in the new business plan by more advantageous rental rates compared to other forms of use.”
Earlier this month the Heartlands Trust confirmed two members of staff had been made redundant.
Fears the heritage site was looking more like a “ghost town” than an insight to the area’s mining history were expressed by traders.
But at least two of the on-site businesses said they were “doing well”.
Jacky Blakeaway, from Magnetic Earth, a life coaching and hypnotherapy business, said Heartlands needed a little more time to get going but her businesses was “going well”.