They say mum’s gone to Iceland but so has one of the Fylde Coast’s top food manufacturers.
The mum who founded a successful ready meals business, Laila Remtulla, will certainly be going to frozen foods retailer Iceland Stores after clinching a deal with support from a government grant.
Family-run Laila’s Fine Foods produces and supplies a range of eastern and western ready meals to supermarkets such as Asda, Morrisons, Lidl and various food service businesses such as Mecca Bingo and the Spirit Group.
The company has won a contract to supply five new frozen food lines to Iceland.
To meet the new demand the business is expanding, taking on eight new staff and has purchased new production machinery.
Laila’s Fine Foods was able to access a £58,000 grant through Regenerate Pennine Lancashire which contributed towards the full cost of the project.
The grant was supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and approved by Blackpool Council.
The expansion will lead to the creation of at least eight new jobs at the company, which currently employs 250 people and has an annual turnover of around £18m.
Laila Remtulla, Managing Director of Laila’s Fine Foods said: “The new Iceland deal means we can take on more staff, and the expansion will also help us bid for additional contracts for future growth.
“We were able to use the grant from Regenerate to speed up the project so we could start producing new products faster.”
Peter Legg, Head of Economic Development at Blackpool Council, said: “Laila’s Fine Foods has demonstrated rapid growth over the last few years and we fully supported their application for Regenerate’s grant.
“Opening up their production capacity can only increase the firm’s potential to grow and create even more jobs.”
More information on available grants can be found at www.regeneratepl.co.uk
The Regional Growth Fund is a £3.2bn fund designed to help companies in England to grow.
So far £2.6bn of funding has been allocated to support projects and programmes committed to delivering sustainable jobs and economic growth.