New move means bigger business for Cornish company
family owned meat processing business in Cornwall is going
from strength to strength after receiving help and support
from Business Link.
Kensey Vale Meats Ltd, based in Launceston has increased
its productivity and number of employees after receiving essential
investment which allowed it to relocate to bigger premises.
The company which started up in 1997 first went to Business
Link three years ago for help towards investing in more modern
fridges and cutting, slicing and processing equipment. As
a direct result, the business' turnover increased by
25% and the rise in productivity was such that Kensey Vale
Meats was soon looking to expand into bigger premises.
One of the company directors, Mark Pearce said: "From
a modest start of just 5 employees, we now employ 25 full
time people which we hope to see increase by a further 5 full
time posts in the near future. The help from Business Link
was a very big contributory factor in our rate of growth;
their help initially provided the firm with more modern, safer
equipment and then made it possible for us to move into the
new facilities. We now have 5000 sq ft of processing space
on Pennygillam Industrial Estate to head up our operations.
It's really brought us into the 21st century and given
us the foot up we needed to develop our business."
Kensey Vale Meats processes and distributes meat to high
quality independent butchers, farm shops and bakeries throughout
Devon and Cornwall. As well as meat cuts, the company also
manufactures high quality sausages, bacon and burgers. A popular
speciality product is the old fashioned dry-cured bacon.
Wherever possible the company tries to source its supplies
locally and it works in association with dedicated local pig
and beef farms such as JG Quick and Partners of Exeter.
Mark continued: "The whole process of going through
the grant funding was made very easy. The people from Business
Link have been excellent and I'd definitely go back
to them in the future. They weren't just there to do
the paper work, you felt that they had a genuine interest
in the business and seeing it succeed. I recently read an
industry report by Plimsoll Research which said that at the
moment around 65% of meat companies were either not making
money or were losing money but with the help and support of
Business Link we're happy to be in the other 35%."
Manager of Business Link's Food and Drink Program,
Graham Woolcock, said: "The new premises have really
provided Kensey Vale with the space and opportunity the business
needed in order to grow. The new site and equipment are making
it a more efficient and profitable company and a better environment
to work in. This family run company is now a substantial employer
in the area and hopefully we'll be seeing that increase
further in the future."
For further information please contact press officer Maxine
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The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in Business Link through the
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European
Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
Anyone considering a new horticulture, food and
land based industries project is advised to speak with Maria
Ford, at Government Office South West - 01752 635015 - before
commencing development as there are now only limited funds
available due to the successful uptake of funding by the agricultural
sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
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via an information gateway on the web www.blinkdandc.com
and via the telephone on 0845 600 9966 to all businesses and
those considering starting a business. Additionally It provides
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of independent business practitioners. Business Link for Devon
and Cornwall delivers the national Business Link service to
the region under contract from the South West RDA.
Business Link has received Objective One investment (European
Regional Development Fund and EAGGF) to help companies improve
performance and grow.
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