Boost for local food producer from
Falmouth restaurant upgrade
Local food producers are set to benefit as a Falmouth restaurant
upgrades its kitchen with the help of an Objective One grant.
Christine Groom, proprietor of the Packet Ship Restaurant,
has recently secured funding from the Objective One Capital
Grant Scheme for the Cornwall Food and Drink Industry. The
scheme is designed to assist with the costs of new capital
/ processing equipment, with a commitment to increase purchases
from Cornish food suppliers.
Truro College's Cascade Project was instrumental in
helping Christine with preparing the business plan, finding
the funding source and putting forward the grant application.
Steve Bennett, Cascade Business Adviser, said: "This
Taste of the West Scheme provides a wonderful opportunity
for businesses such as restaurants and caterers to work in
partnership with local food producers for their mutual benefit.
The grant was secured through the Fast Track scheme, which
meant that it was approved in 2 weeks. It's a win win
Local businesswoman, Christine Groom said: "The support
and help that I received from the Cascade Project in securing
the funding has been invaluable."
Cascade is a free business mentoring, training and networking
service supported by the European Social Fund and can be accessed
by all Cornish business.
For further information contact Steven Bennett on 01872 242704.
Cornwall Food and Drink Partnership
Business Link, in partnership with Cornwall Taste of the
West, is offering capital grants of up to 50% of eligible
costs for businesses in Cornwall's Objective One area.
Open to food and drink manufacturers, caterers, wholesalers, retailers, and primary agricultural producers. (Not available
for fish producers). Funding is available for capital/processing
equipment, expansion projects, support for new product lines,
chillers and freezers, refrigerated vehicles, etc. There is
a fast track application process where total project cost
does not exceed £10,000. Mainstream programme for projects
up to £150,000 to a maximum grant support level of £60,000.
The programme provides additional help in the form of: A business
adviser to help prepare a business plan for the project which
is 80% funded; a Technical Adviser, Carrie Brent, from Cornwall
Taste of the West to give guidance with the application process;
and access to Cornwall Taste of the West's Trade Development
Programme and Speciality Food and Drink Marketing Grant Scheme.
Both Business Link and Cornwall Taste of the West work closely
together ensuring a joint approach to the Cornwall food and
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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