Ready Egg Products has announced that it is looking to develop a new manufacturing facility in the Midlands.
The Northern Irish egg processor's intended development will take place in Markham Vale, which is near Chesterfield. If approved, it will lead to the creation of 50 new jobs over the next two years.
This is part of the company's strategy to reach more customers. Its main base is in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, but it already delivers regularly to the food service and manufacturing industries in the UK.
Additionally, it is looking to venture further afield and into the European market. However, its current location restricts this – transport costs are quite sizeable from Northern Ireland.
Derbyshire County Council has received an application for the build, which will be a Class 2 (general industry) unit.
"More and more companies are making Markham Vale their home because of its location in the centre of England and excellent transport links afforded by its purpose-built junction 29A just off the M1," said councillor Joan Dixon, Derbyshire cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport.
The council will deliberate on the application over the next eight weeks and, if Ready Egg Products gets the go ahead, construction could begin as soon as September of this year.
It's a strategic location to say the least, as the government has declared Markham Vale an enterprise zone. There are 24 of these districts dotted about the UK and are areas that support new and expanding businesses through incentives.
Ready Egg Products describes itself as the modern face of egg processing in the UK. It is keen to deliver a sustainable business model and describes efficient facilities as a "prerequisite".
It is currently investing new processes that will deliver state-of-the-art features in liquid egg processing, as well as improving grading apparatus for hard boiled eggs.