Business support service helps fund plant expansion

CORNISH POULTRY, based in Slaughtersbridge, Camelford has taken over a 20,000 sq ft purpose built processing plant after receiving £74,591 worth of funding from Business Link Devon and Cornwall.

This amount made up 35 per cent of the total project costs which totalled £213,000.

Ewan McClymont at Bishop Fleming Chartered Accountants put the company in touch with Business Link Devon and Cornwall and the funding was used for new processing equipment to speed up production. It is hoped that another 10-20 jobs on top of the 20 at the factory will be created following the expansion.

One of Cornish Poultry's customers, chef Paul Ripley, owner of Michelin Star rated Ripley's Restaurant in St Merryn, said: "Food provenance is becoming an increasingly important issue for people when they cook at home - but even more so when they are eating out."

Graham Woolcock, manager of Business Link Devon and Cornwall's Food and Drink Programme, said the company had spotted a huge gap in the market: "At the moment it's fairly easy to source good quality red meat within Devon and Cornwall, but outlets looking for poultry on a large scale have up until now had to go further a field. Cornish Poultry branded birds will be introduced to the market in the next couple of months which will really help customers make an informed choice about how they source their meat. I think, especially when issues like the recent bird flu scare arise, it's reassuring for consumers to be able to pinpoint exactly where the meat they are eating has travelled from, and in this case they can trace it back to the individual farm."

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