Southwest company sources local school dinners
Foods Ltd based in Helston, Cornwall has been awarded the
contracts to source and supply meats to county council schools
in Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Cornwall.
The company which was set up in 1975 has received help and
support from Business Link for the past five years. It has
enabled them to expand their premises, build new loading bays
and wash areas, and invest in equipment such as fork lift
trucks and delivery vehicles.
Jeremy Lovelock is one of the company's five directors.
He says their principles about local sourcing fit in well
with Devon County Council's 'Fresh Start' initiative for better
quality school meals. "We have always sourced our
beef, pork and lamb from good quality local suppliers, such
as Jaspers, Premier Lamb, Madron Meats, and Lloyd Maunder.
We always try to ensure that whenever possible, we source
within the Westcountry.
"We first went to Business Link about 5 years ago
and the help and advice we've received from them has always
been of an excellent standard. It's important to the company
to be able to maintain sustainable continuous growth rather
than get too big, too quickly and that's exactly what we're
doing. The Business Link Cornwall Food and Drink Partnership
Scheme has helped us to invest in the new premises and equipment
which has increased our potential for growth. We're a successful
company with an excellent reputation and are looking to continue
our development at the same sustainable rate in the future."
Manager of Business Link's Food and Drink Programme, Graham
Woolcock, says: "It's satisfying to be able to help
a local company which is having such a positive impact throughout
the region. Scorse Foods is a thriving business itself but
is also passing on economic benefits to local meat producers.
And the idea of locally sourced high quality meat is something
which is becoming more and more important to parents who want
to see their children eating as healthily as possible."
Devon County Council's 'Fresh Start' menu
is a return to home cooked style food which will improve the
quality of meals for schoolchildren. 24 Devon schools took
part in the pilot, with an additional 92 schools joining the
scheme this term. The council aims to be running 'Fresh
Start' in another 169 schools by the end of the academic
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The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Business Link Cornwall
Food and Drink Partnership project through 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 on 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.
Business Link provides a free information and enquiry service
via an information gateway on the web www.bldc.co.uk
and via the telephone on 0845 600 9966 to all businesses and
those considering starting a business. Additionally It provides
impartial business advice and support through a network of
partner organisations, which it co-ordinates, and a register
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
Cornwall Food and Drink Partnership Scheme
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 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, etc. It is funded by Objective One.
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