Food Companies Expanding in Nottingham

Posted on: 7/21/2015

A centre to support Nottingham-based food companies is to double in size thanks to increased demand for its services.

The high-technology Southglade Food Park is to benefit from new investment of almost €580,000 to expand its business centre.

The €5.4m centre in Nottingham’s Top Valley opened back in 2005 and is currently at full capacity.

Councillor Alan Clark, executive board member, said: “Food processing is a growth industry. Some of it is very high-tech.”

Southglade Food Park has business units of different sizes, which allow businesses to develop and move as they grow.

In addition, there is a business support centre which caters for food and drink firms all over the Nottingham area. It provides a base for companies to work on new product development with a resident food technician, who is able to help with various issues such as the shelf life of new products.

There is also advice available on how to develop companies, as well as marketing, administrative, training and conference facilities.

Councillor Clark said the concept behind the park, to bring different food businesses together in a cluster of expertise, has worked well.

He said: “It helps to have a critical mass of people in a similar trade. The location is good too, as its on the doorstep of people who have the skills companies need and it is well situated for transport networks.”

Among the tenants is Pasta Ficio, which sells to High Street retailers and restaurants.

Manager Franco Concillo has appreciated being located on a specialist business park with like-minded firms.

He said: “If someone needs a forklift truck and ours is available, we will help them out and take something off a lorry, or if someone’s fridge or freezer breaks down we can give them shelf space for a time.”

Small and medium-sized firms can often not afford to employ a technical advisor themselves, but that is available at Southglade.

Mr Concillo said: “The technical manager has given us advice. He’s had a look at our processes. It’s somebody else to bounce things off, which is useful.”

Another tenant, Start Fresh, moved to Southglade after starting up. The business now employs about 90 staff at the Southglade site and another site.

Managing director Kasim Mahjouri said: “The site is impressive. When a new customer comes, they can see immediately it’s a nice, fresh and clean environment. Nine times out of ten you have crossed the first hurdle.”

The centre is owned by Nottingham City Council and managed by the Food and Drink Forum. The council has recently bought the former Southglade Park and Ride site next door, to allow for their planned expansion.

It is planned that the expansion will be jointly funded by East Midlands Economics Online and Nottingham City Council.

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