European boost for family-run firm

Visit from Richard Howitt (MEP) with George Munns from L and AE Munns farm
Visit from Richard Howitt (MEP) with George Munns from L and AE Munns farm
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A FAMILY-run Chatteris business has secured European money towards a £90,000 expansion project.

George and Jane Munns run their rapeseed oil business from their Cambs County Council Farms Estate at Westmoor Farm.

On Friday Cambridgeshire’s Euro MEP Richard Howitt visited the farm to launch the new state-of-the-art processing and packaging equipment, which has received £36,000 of Euro money.

To mark this, Mr Howitt presented Mr Munns with a plaque.

The new equipment is housed in a new building, to which the finishing touches were literally being put when Mr Howitt arrived.

Mr Munns hopes everything will be properly running within a month and hopes in a year’s time, it will lead to the creation of at least one new full-time job.

The current business, which produces rapeseed oil, goose fat and golden syrup, will be SALSA accredited which is something bigger businesses such as supermarkets look for.

Speaking about the expansion, Mr Munns said: “It has been challenging. We are also looking to expand our product range as well to get a little nest of products.”

The business currently supplies around 300 East Anglian outlets.

Mr Munns explained as they are tenants of the farm, their business will go on to benefit future tenants.

He praised the county council for helping many first-time farmers get a foot on the ladder through its acreage.

“They do provide a vital role in agriculture in Cambridgeshire,” he said.