Seabrook Crisps has embarked on a major investment project to increase production across its operations.
The Bradford-based crisp manufacturer has ploughed £32,730 into its business, purchasing new machinery and creating new jobs in the process. It is aiming to boost innovation, improve production flexibility and boost sales. The company has been boosted by a grant from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership's (LEP) Business Growth Programme allowing it to increase its workforce.
Seabrook announced at the end of September that it had returned to growth, posting a boost in pre-tax profits. The company reported a £1.3 million post-tax profit with turnover growing by £1.7 million from the £22.8 million recorded during the same period 12 months earlier. This positive performance has allowed the company to be more proactive with its expansion plans.
The LEP grant has been a significant coup for the company which added that it has also invested a six-figure sum alongside the funding. It has allowed Seabrook to develop new products such as its lattice crisps. This was brought to fruition thanks to partnership between Seabrook and Urschel Laboratories to develop cutting machines to create unique formats.
Speaking to FoodManufacture.co.uk, Andrew Butterworth, marketing director of Seabrook, said: "The six-figure spend has allowed us to increase capacity by 40 per cent. There has been a heck of a lot of work in the past six months. We have been installing new lines and new machines.
"The Business Growth Programme grant has helped us to continue with our growth push, freeing up investment and therefore the funding has been extremely beneficial."
Seabrook's progress was also commended by Roger Marsh, chairman of the LEP, who explained that the company's success was a positive sign for the city of Bradford. He added that the LEP was "delighted" to have played a part in helping to create new jobs across the region through its funding.