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Local businesses could share in a large pot of money

Posted: 25/04/17 by The Mallows Company Limited

A project to support eligible food and drink manufacturers in the SEMLEP area is offering the chance for local businesses to share in large pot of money.

FEAST (Food Enterprise Advisory Support Team), a project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is awarding a grant of £7,500 to Saxby’s Cider in Irchester to help it increase its production – just one of its recent successful beneficiaries.

FEAST, which is worth £7.1 million in total, and which will receive £3.5 million funding from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020, is being led by The Mallows Company, and is supported by Moulton College, the University of Northampton and Central Bedfordshire Council.

The Mallows Company also operates the successful Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards as well as Made In Northamptonshire (MIN), a networking group for producers, local food stockists and eateries and its Managing Director, Rachel Mallows, says she’s delighted to see the full impact of FEAST funding in action: “The project has only been running for a few months but already it’s great to see so many manufacturers take advantage of the support that’s on offer, whether that’s a pot of money, as Saxby’s has done, or accessing technical expertise, apprenticeships or mentoring” explained Rachel.

“And the best thing about the scheme is not only that the support is free to eligible businesses, but also my team are on hand to help make the whole process as simple as possible, so I’d urge food and drink businesses who are considering any capital projects to get in touch and see how they could benefit” she enthused.

For more details of FEAST, including registering your business for the free project, or further information about MIN, please contact Anna at The Mallows Company on 01933 664437 or email

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