Cornish egg producer and packer St Ewe Free Range Eggs is set to open a new processing facility.

The Tregony-based business successfully applied to DEFRA for a £731k grant and building work will start shortly at the new site at Resparveth Farm in Grampound Road.

St Ewe Free Range Eggs has enjoyed significant growth in recent years and was recently named Best Rural Food Business at the national Rural Business Awards.

As well as supplying national retailers across the UK, it also exports globally to Dubai and Hong Kong.

Resparveth Farm is part of the Council’s County Farms Estate and negotiations for the sale of the land to St Ewe Eggs was led by lead portfolio surveyor Jonny Alford.

The funds from the sale are now being invested back into the Council Farms estate as part of the delivery of the new 20-year strategy to help improve the productivity and environmental performance of the estate as a whole.

Bex Tonks, CEO of St Ewe Eggs, said: “We have been hugely grateful for the support of so many in helping us obtain the EAFRD grant, Johnny Alford and his team for the purchase of the land at Resparveth Farm and Martin Woodley and Cllr Bob Egerton with our planning application and subsequent planning development, which was all submitted and approved in the space of two months.

“All of this was achieved during lockdown, which has been quite extraordinary, and we are so thankful to Cornwall Council for believing in and helping our vision for not only the business, but for the local community, come to fruition.”