Cornish company thrives on local sourcing
A Cornish food company is expanding its list of suppliers
in Cornwall because the demand for locally sourced produce
is so high.
Scorse Foods Ltd, based in Helston, source and supply beef,
pork and lamb to a growing number of South West organisations
and has achieved a consistent 10% annual growth rate over
the past 3-4 years. The company is now expanding its product
range by linking up with a new Cornish poultry supplier.
Scorse Foods has received help and support from Business
Link Devon and Cornwall over the past five years which has
enabled it to increase its capacity for expansion. Recently
Business Link has helped the company extend its premises,
build new loading bays and wash areas and invest in equipment
such as fork lift trucks and delivery vehicles.
Scorse Foods, which is the only member of the National Association
of Catering Butchers in Devon and Cornwall, also has a retail
outlet in Helston which is open to shoppers.
Jeremy Lovelock is one of the company's five directors.
He says their products are in demand because of their emphasis
on quality: "We currently source meats for a number
of organisations including Devon and Cornwall County Councils,
the NHS and the Eden Project and we are gaining more new contracts
year on year. Our customers know we are committed to promoting
a sustainable local food industry and reducing food miles.
"Another key factor behind our success though,
is an emphasis on sustainable business growth. It's
important to us to take the 'boom or bust' element
out of business; we don't want to get too big, too quickly.
The Business Link Cornwall Food and Drink Partnership Scheme
has helped us to manage this, we've always received
excellent advice and it has enabled us to invest in the new
premises and equipment which has increased our potential for
Manager of Business Link's Food and Drink Program,
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 producers.
Their meat is sourced from good quality local suppliers, such
as Jaspers, Premier Lamb, Madron Meats, Lloyd Maunder and
they now have Cornish Poultry on board too."
Graham continued: "There are strong economic and
environmental arguments for buying locally, but it tastes
so much better as well! Increasing numbers of organisations
are finding this to be the case and shoppers can also benefit
by dropping into their shop in Helston."
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