Egg-citing expansion underway as investment bid granted
FAMILY BUSINESS: Scaman’s Eggs, with Simone Scaman
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 17 Jan 2018
MORE than £70,000 is being invested in an award-winning egg business.
Scaman’s Eggs, launched after the Little Grimsby farming business was offered a basic grading machine for £50 five years ago, is now looking towards significant commercial capability, as it massively expands capacity.
To aid the move, within the existing farm, has been awarded a significant grant through Lindsey Action Zone Local Action Group to match-fund investment from the team, enabling it to prepare new premises, buy the equipment and boost employment.
Simone Scaman, who established and runs the business, said: “After a tough application process over the last nine months, we are so excited to finally announce that we have been successful in being awarded a grant.
“2017 was a great year for us and we couldn't be happier to receive this news to start this year on such a positive note.”
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Launched back in 2012, selling locally on market stalls, the team now supplies between 180,000 and 200,000 eggs a week to cafes, bakers, hotels, restaurants and chefs around Lincolnshire and beyond, using eggs from farm hens and third parties, having previously purely supplied other distributors.
“We started from scratch with £50,” Mrs Scaman, an experienced sales and marketing businesswoman recalled, having married into the farming family based just north of Louth. “Someone offered us a grading machine for £50, we went for it and put it in a Portakabin, and decided to sell a few eggs locally.”
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It progressed well enough for her to give up her job and concentrate on growing the brand, which brought accolades, notably in October, with the People’s Choice Award in the 2017 Select Lincolnshire Food & Drink Awards, following Producer of the Year in 2016.
Two new jobs will be created when the expansion completes.
The grader will be the second expansion since the initial machine, with a £20,000 investment paving the way to the new level, with enhanced productivity at the core.