The Cornish Food Box Company

Sisters Tor Amran and Lucy Jones are not ones to rest on their laurels. They launched The Cornish Food Box Company as a distribution service in 2010 and have since transformed it into a multi-faceted business synonymous with quality, local produce. It has a shop, café and warehouse distribution centre but in Tor’s words “the journey has just begun”. They have ambitious growth plans and with an expanding team, know the importance of staff development in turning those aspirations into reality.

But like many small businesses – especially those that are flourishing to the extent of The Cornish Food Box Company – the shift from having just one or two team members to a complement of 13 brings with it multiple training needs. And with Lucy and Tor now starting to “work on the business, rather than in the business”, bringing their young and enthusiastic team up to speed is vital.

Cue the Skills Hub.

What did the Skills Hub do?

Skills Connector, Julia Le Gallo, stepped in to ease time pressures and provide a fresh pair of eyes. She got to know the unique workings and aspirations of the company and completed a thorough Skills Review, involving each and every member of staff.

And the result?

Areas of the business where training will have the greatest impact were identified and specific skills gaps uncovered. Most valuably though, Julia has been able to capitalise on her in-depth knowledge of training provision in Cornwall to create a bespoke training plan and refer The Cornish Food Box Company to specific courses and workshops that will best meet their needs.

How the Skills Hub has helped

The Skills Hub has helped The Cornish Food Box Company to upskill and train in…


  • Leadership and management
  • Apprenticeship options
  • Handling difficult situations
  • Blog writing
  • Mandatory training e.g. health and safety, first aid, manual lifting, food hygiene

The support that Julia has provided has been invaluable. Without her input, we would still be talking about training; Julia has spurred us into action.

By investing just a few hours of our time with her we have saved countless others and the positive effect on staff morale has been instant. We are proud to be offering our team opportunities to develop their career in the county that they love and making full use of the varied training provision.

Tor Amran


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