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25 September, 2015 - 15:39 By Kate Sweeney

£150k support for vegetable grower in Isleham

Tompsett Burgess Growers  at Isleham

One of Cambridgeshire’s most successful vegetable growing companies, Tompsett Burgess Growers, has been awarded £150,000 from the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative.

Based in Isleham near Ely, Tompsett Burgess Growers (TBG) is one of the major growers of root crops (carrots, parsnips, onions, shallots and organic carrots) in the Fens and supplies major UK supermarkets.

To expand the business the Tompsett family intends to build an extension to the current packing and grading facility and install a new state of the art refrigeration plant.

The investment will help open up new markets and ultimately secure a long-term partnership with TBG’s main customer, Produce World. The funding will also enable the company to create new jobs while the upgraded facility will help the business become more efficient and increase their production.

Jackie Seddon, director of Tompsett Burgess Growers, said: “The project is to build new facilities at the vegetable packing site at Isleham, including innovative cold store and refrigeration plants. The building of this facility will create new employment opportunities and also ensure the site’s continued employment for the next 10 years.

“Tompsett Burgess Growers is a family company that prides itself in looking for business solutions to ensure the continued success for the company and employees. To be awarded this grant from the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) shows how LEPs and businesses can work together for the continued development of local communities.”

The scheme has now invested over £2.91 million into businesses in the East of England.

Mark Reeve, chairman of the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative and the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, said: “Tompsett Burgess Growers is a successful local company that is keen to grow and create new jobs.

“Already producing over 75,000 tonnes of carrots and 9,000 tonnes of parsnips a year to supermarkets in the UK, I’m pleased that the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are able to offer funding to support their expansion and future growth.

“Funding via the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative is still available and is open to a range of businesses from across the agricultural industry – from produce growers to manufacturing and IT companies, the scheme is helping businesses in the East of England to innovate and grow.”

Grants are available to organisations looking to invest in specialist equipment, new market and supply chain development, ways to improve productivity and efficiency, and the application and commercialisation of Research & Development.

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Carrots being harvested from the TBG fields at Isleham

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