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Dartmouth Foods secures future and jobs with Plymouth move

A high end food manufacturer has relocated to new bigger Plymouth premises after securing a £650,000 investment.

Dartmouth Foods is moving to bigger, modern premises at Langage Business Park, and new jobs are on the way too.

The £652,912 investment for the firm is part of the £1.9m South West Growth Fund to help firms expand in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Dorset.

The 100-strong firm produces high-end roasted and smoked meats for top retailers, including Marks and Spencer.

Moving to nine new units at Langage Business Park will not only give the firm the high quality, modern facility it needs, it will also enable Dartmouth Foods to achieve its aspirations of doubling its workforce over the next three to four years.

As well as recruiting more factory staff, the firm will be looking for chefs and technical staff, to help the business to continue to innovate.

Dartmouth Foods Director Edward Obolensky said: “Having outgrown our Dartmouth factory, we found ourselves at a critical point where we had to either move the business out of the South West or find a new base locally.

“Securing the South West Growth Fund investment was the tipping point that made us stay in Devon. Without it we would have moved out of the region.

“The brand new facility is incredible and will help ensure we continue to meet our clients’ high standards.”

He added: Many of our staff live in Plymouth, so the base will be more convenient for them. We are also taking the opportunity to move all of our staff onto permanent contracts to make the business more sustainable.

“The grant is enabling us to secure a bright future for Dartmouth Foods in the South West.”

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