Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Fulfilling Role for Middlesbrough Company

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A local sandwich company is hoping to see a rise in production after moving to new premises on Riverside Park, Middlesbrough.

On A Roll has moved to a unit more than five times the size of its original space after working with Tees Valley Regeneration to secure a Selective Finance for Investment grant from One NorthEast of £175,000. The grant is provided to support expansion and company growth and will help create over 40 new jobs.

On A Roll, which counts local football clubs, schools, colleges and universities amongst its customer base, is already exceeding initial production forecasts. It is a significant step for the company which only started operating in 2007. On A Roll Managing Director James Stoddart said; "We are running on enthusiasm and momentum at the moment and are very keen to keep that going. The company is still just in its early stages of development and there are many more opportunities out there which we hope to take.

"Only last year we were buying our bread every morning from a local supermarket.. now the shopping list is a little longer but we still take pride in the freshness of our products. Today we source our ingredients from local suppliers; we're doing the same job just on a much bigger scale!"

Richard Hunter, Tees Valley Regeneration Business Investment Manager commented; "On A Roll are very ambitious and the SFI grant has helped to bring their plans to forward. Already they have installed a heat transfer system which uses waste energy from the industrial fridges to boil water then used to sterilise the plant at the end of production - it's an impressive operation to watch."

One NorthEast Director of Business and Industry, Ian Williams said; "On A Roll is a genuine local success story. It's great to see a homegrown Tees Valley company performing so well in the face of the current challenging economic conditions. i am delighted that One NorthEast has been able to support them with grant investment."

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