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04 April 2017

Rollagranola in jobs boost

Specialist food manufacturer, Rollagranola plans to create seven full-time jobs after obtaining a £354,000 funding package from NatWest.

The Hitchin based producer of high-quality granola for the breakfast cereal and gift market has purchased the premises it was previously leasing, offering a clearer pathway for growth.

The newly acquired manufacturing facility allows the company to invest in infrastructure to increase production, leading to the creation of seven jobs over the next two years.

Set-up less than 11 months ago by Managing Director, Robin Longden, Rollagranola has grown from a home-based operation into a business selling to over 150 retail outlets in the UK. It has also developed a key export relationship resulting in 30% of sales exported to Scandinavia

Plans are also underway to commence a Modern Apprenticeship scheme for two young recruits.

Robin Longden said: "Purchasing our building provides the business with a greater level of security, helping to map out a long-term trajectory for growth. We are undertaking significant modifications to infrastructure leading to a boost in output and more jobs. None of this would be possible without backing from NatWest which has been a fantastic supporter of my vision."

NatWest Relationship Manager Alex Greenwell said: "Robin and his team have developed a fantastic product, which is destined for success.

"For a start-up business to be turning over such large volumes in such a short-time serves to illustrate its potential. It was clear to me that this was a company NatWest should support and it's rewarding to be part of the team that is helping to advance the story."

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