Tulip plans £490k development project

Pork, bacon and cooked meat producer Tulip is launching an ambitious growth project with the help of a £147,000 grant from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The LEP assistance will come from the Business Catalyst Fund, which exists to help eligible businesses improve productivity and create or safeguard jobs, and is funded by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund. The grant is part of Tulip’s £490,000 development project.

Most of Tulip’s 2,000 members of staff are employed in Bodmin, Bugle and Redruth.

Tulip’s Cornwall operations director Ray Hanly said: “Our ambition to create a centre of excellence for gammon and bacon production in Cornwall is being realised sooner by this grant support.

“Keeping and expanding our excellent in-house butchery skills at Bugle, delivering a butchery apprenticeship programme in partnership with Duchy College and Brian Etherington Meat Company, and increasing productivity at Redruth to develop our sliced gammon range will help us maintain our competitive edge in challenging market conditions.

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP Board member Andrew Williams said: “Tulip is a major local employer and this Business Catalyst Fund boost will accelerate its plans to increase productivity and invest in workforce skills development and new apprentices. The agri-food sector remains a key part of our economy and the LEP is committed to helping our bedrock industries innovate and prosper.”

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