£500,000 grant helps business

A BOSTON-area company has received a half-a-million pound grant.

Old Leake-based Fold Hill Foods, which produces organic pet food, has received a £500,000 investment from Defra (the department for environment, food and rural affairs). The grant has enabled the company to increase sales, cut waste and packaging and expand the market for local arable farmers who supply the grain for its pet food.

The Government’s environment minister Lord Taylor, of Holbeach, visited Fold Hill Foods as part of his Rural Roadshow to Lincolnshire, to see how the grant is helping the company to grow.

He also visited other businesses and business leaders across Lincolnshire.

Another Boston-area farmer, visited by Lord Taylor, was award-winning Andrew Dennis, of Woodlands Farm, who delivers organic vegetable boxes throughout Lincolnshire and the East Midlands.

Mr Dennis won BBC4’s Farmer of the Year award in 2009.

Lord Taylor’s visit was the first in a series of Rural Roadshows this summer in which ministers will listen to issues and concerns of rural communities and businesses to ensure their voice is heard within Government.

Lord Taylor said: “I’ll take their insights back to Government to help ensure that all policies meet the needs of rural communities and businesses.”