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15 March, 2018 - 22:30 By Tony Quested

What a lot of bottle!

An Ely company has secured a grant of just over £67,000 to help fund a new bottling line to scale-up its business capacity.

Beams Packaging Services Ltd (BPS), has earned the cash to buy a second fully automated bottling line to enable the company to bottle larger formats of up to 1000ml. 

Previously, it has specialised in the automatic bottling of a wide range of food and beverage products of up to 100ml, so this new line will provide a new service for customers.

This is the second grant awarded to the business by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough’s Agri-Tech Growth Initiative. 

The company received just over £13,000 in 2016, for investment in a bottle rinsing component to add to its process line. This investment has enabled the bottling element of the business to grow significantly in response to retail demand.                          
      
Whilst currently BPS can handle small orders for larger volume product, this is currently done via using semi-automated processes that is time consuming, making it difficult to deliver volumes of scale. 

Chairman Bob Russell said: “The help and backing of the Greater Cambridge & Greater Peterborough Agri-Tech Fund enables us to continue to grow in an increasingly automated sector; with the new equipment we will be able to grow our workforce, upskill team members and take on more business.” 

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