Richmondshire District Council

Funding to help local businesses boost production

Four Richmondshire based businesses have received funding through a scheme to help take advantage of regional supply chains.

Mocha Chocolate Shop Ltd, The Bezaak Group Ltd, Yorkshire Dales Meat Company and The Gluten Free Kitchen have all received a share of over £14,000 from the Supply Chain Network Project.

The Project, funded through The European Regional Development Fund, offers a range of support to businesses including: access to a free directory to help market their business, specialist sector advice, an opportunities map showing procurement opportunities, webinars and workshops, and a grant fund for projects up to £10,000.

Three of the businesses received funding for equipment to help increase production and to make them more competitive in a commercial marketplace.

The Gluten Free Kitchen, a manufacturer of gluten free products based in Leyburn, purchased new equipment to help them increase their pastry production in order to fulfil their orders for national supermarkets. 

“With online sales growing exponentially for both us and the supermarkets we currently supply, we needed to keep pace with manufacturing and supplying in a timely manner to satisfy demand,” said Sue Fleming, Owner of The Gluten Free Kitchen.

“The funding provided through the supply chain network enabled us to purchase a new 60 litre mixer to increase our pastry production which will substantially help our future development."

The fourth business, The Yorkshire Dales Meat Company, a family run catering butchers based in Patrick Brompton, used the funding to develop software to enable their stock control and ordering systems to become integrated.

James Knox, Director at The Yorkshire Dales Meat Company, said: “The supply chain network has helped Yorkshire Dales Meat to work more efficiently in an extremely difficult economic environment. With this innovation we have improved our ordering process which in turn gives us more capacity to supply a greater number of customers. Our order turnaround speed is critical and now this has been reduced we can look forward to taking on new customers.”

It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and delivered in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council - supported by Northern Powerhouse, Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and the York and North Yorkshire Enterprise Partnership.

For further information contact Abi Player on 01748 901035 or check out the Supply Chain Network website.

Employee producing food at Gluten Free Kitchen in Leyburn
Lady in The Gluten Free Kitchen making products


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