£55,000 grant will help pastry company in Elsham roll out new product
Two companies are set to benefit from cash injections as part of North Lincolnshire Council's £10 million Regional Growth Fund pot.
A new food manufacturing business called The Pastry Room will be set up in Elsham, using funding of £55,000.
And Grimsby-based building contractor Manta Shopfitter Ltd will be handed £166,950 towards expanding to Kirmington.
The fund is part of a £2.4 billion Government programme to create and protect jobs across the country.
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The Pastry Room employs four people and is in the process of fitting out its factory, on Wootton Lane in Elsham.
John Hendy, managing director of the firm, said: "We have got a new venture where we will be employing four people and setting up a food factory in North Lincolnshire.
"We are experienced food industry professionals and we have recognised when we go to pubs, restaurants and cafes and have a pie that we have often been disappointed by the pastry we get.
"We have got a passion for food and good pastry, so we have devised a first in pastry products.
"It allows caterers to get the best quality pastry. You can use it straight from frozen and there is no waste because you just use what you need."
Mr Hendy said the factory would supply clients across the UK and added there had already been interest from national wholesalers and hotels.
The grant funding will go towards a total £250,000 investment in the 4,000 square foot factory and equipment.
The factory is expected to be ready for opening by the end of November.
The other recipient of funding, Manta Shopfitter, has been a family business since 1976.
The firm works with clients in markets including healthcare, educational establishments and local councils.
The money will allow it to expand, creating 12 new full-time jobs and six apprenticeships.
Mark Liney, managing director of the company, said: "All the staff at Manta have been working really hard over the past few years to grow and expand the company by continuous development to a company already respected with high esteem.
"While we are very proud of what we have achieved, our own success has meant that in order to capitalise on our improvements, the company needed to invest financially to move forward further.
"It had been seeking financial help to allow the purchase of new machinery and a second factory based in Kirmington."
Mr Liney said the new jobs and apprenticeships would be in site applications and joinery manufacturing.
The funding allocations add to money already awarded to Saxby Quality Foods in Scunthorpe and Humberside Engineering Training Association Limited (HETA) earlier his year.
Councillor Liz Redfern, the leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: "This is a step in the right direction."