A flourishing sandwich business is to invest £3.6m in a new factory and create almost 100 new jobs.
On A Roll Sandwich Company was set up in November 2007, operating from two rooms in a local bakery in Middlesbrough.
Almost eight years on, the firm – which works in the ‘food to go’ sector – now turns out around seven million sandwiches each year compared to just 665,000 in the first year.
The firm was created by husband and wife team Helen and James Stoddart, and now operates seven days a week with a 130-strong workforce producing up to 150,000 sandwiches from three production lines each week.
James, pictured (above, right) with Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s executive member for regeneration, said: “We are delighted with the way the business has grown since we set it up back in 2008, and we are thrilled that we have been able to secure this grant to help us with our expansion plan.
“This is an exciting time for us, and we thank Middlesbrough Council’s Economic Development team for its assistance with our plan and look forward to growing our relationship with them in the future.
“We are fully committed to Middlesbrough and the surrounding area, and we make a point of dealing with local businesses like QFS, Morgans and a number of smaller suppliers from across the Tees Valley area wherever we can.”
On A Roll Sandwich Company’s impressive growth means its 12,000 sq ft base at Riverside Park is now operating at capacity, and work on a new 35,000 sq ft factory on the same site is almost complete.
With support from the Tees Valley Business Investment Scheme and Middlesbrough Council’s Economic Development team, land was purchased from the local authority to allow the expansion to take place.
The estimated cost of the expansion is in excess of £3.2m, and bosses have secured a £640,000 grant from the Tees Valley Business Growth Investment Scheme to assist with the work.
In a further boost, the business will create a total of 94 new positions on a variety of levels from management to the production line.
Cllr Rooney added: “This is a real local success story that shows what can be achieved through hard work and commitment.
“Businesses like this are helping to energise the local economy by creating jobs and investing for growth.
“I’m delighted that we have been able to help On A Roll continue to grow and I wish them every success for the future.”
It is also hoped that the regeneration on Riverside Park will prove to be the catalyst which encourages further investment.
It is hoped that work on the expansion will be completed by August, with a recruitment drive already well underway.