Local businesses across our region are continuing to benefit from the Regional Growth Fund, a central government pot designed to help businesses finance growth and create jobs. In North Lincolnshire, the fund is administered by the local Council who have used it to create hundreds of new jobs across North Lincs.
Andrew recently visited Pipers Crisps in Elsham, who have received a grant of £340k from the Regional Growth Fund to expand and create 30 new jobs over the next few years.
Andrew says, "Pipers Crisps are a real local success story, as well as being a particular favourite of mine! They produce high quality crisps that are popular across the UK using local potatoes. They are a real success story locally and are now gaining an international presence.
"I was joined by Council Leader, Cllr Liz Redfern, on my recent visit which enabled the company to update us on how they are spending this grant. So far it has created 10 new jobs and allowed them to invest in a new production line. It was also fascinating to see how the product is made, although I resisted the temptation to pick directly off the production line.
"Apparently it takes less than 30 minutes for a raw potato to complete its destiny to a fully flavoured packaged crisp. It took me a substantially shorter time to eat our free quota of crisps."