Tulip has secured a £147k grant from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Tulip employs almost 2,000 people at its operations in Bodmin, Bugle and Redruth and is a leading supplier to major supermarkets of quality pork, bacon and cooked meat products.
The funding, from the LEP’s Business Catalyst Fund, is part of a £490k project, with the balance coming from Tulip itself.
Tulip’s operations director in Cornwall, Ray Hanly, explained: “Our ambition to create a centre of excellence for gammon and bacon production in Cornwall is being realised sooner by this grant support.
“Keeping and expanding our excellent in-house butchery skills at Bugle, delivering a butchery apprenticeship programme in partnership with Duchy College and Brian Etherington Meat Company, and increasing productivity at Redruth to develop our sliced gammon range will help us maintain our competitive edge in challenging market conditions.”
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP board member, Andrew Williams, added: “Tulip is a major local employer and this Business Catalyst Fund boost will accelerate its plans to increase productivity and invest in workforce skills development and new apprentices.
“The agri-food sector remains a key part of our economy and the LEP is committed to helping our bedrock industries innovate and prosper.”
The £5 million Business Catalyst Fund is managed by Cornwall Development Company on behalf of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP and Cornwall Council.