Food Grade Premises
The availability of food grade premises for production is an ever present barrier for manufacturers. ‘Standard’ business units can be converted to conform to food and environmental health standards but this can be expensive and incurs ongoing costs to maintain them. These costs inhibit manufactures’ growth by drawing cash away from investment opportunities.
The Forum can provide manufacturers with modern and cost amenable food grade premises at Southglade Food Park and at Leicester Food Park. Units on these sites conform to the highest food standards, including BRC Grade A, and meet the latest environmental health legislation. Various sized units are provided to enable start-up and growth manufacturers to fulfil their production requirements in the safe knowledge that maintenance costs will be minimised.
Through its extensive business network, The Forum can also direct you to food manufacturers that have spare production capacity at their sites. This is a valuable opportunity for those manufacturers trying to deal with peak production activity or looking for temporary solutions whilst refitting production lines.
The Forum also maintains a small demonstration kitchen at Southglade Food Park. This facility has proven to be extremely useful for test runs of new products, as it eliminates the need for production change-overs, as well as small scale production capacity for short runs.
As the creator the first public/private food park in the UK, The Forum has unique expertise and knowledge to provide valuable feasibility studies on behalf of both the public and private sector. The Forum has conducted many studies, including Leicester City Food Park and Everards Food Park. If you want to learn more about our capabilities, please contact our Commercial Manager.
More about Leicester Food Park
The £5.8m Leicester Food Park was funded by Leicester City Council and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2007 – 2013 programme. The Food Park is managed by East Midlands
Chamber working in partnership with The Food & Drink Forum. It provides high quality food manufacturing space with purpose-built units, enabling new and innovative food businesses to start up and grow as well as providing established food businesses with grow on space for their expanding businesses.
The Leicester Food Park is located on a 1.5 acre site owned by Leicester City Council, located to the north-east of the city at High View Close, just off Lewisher Road. This is approximately 4km to the North East of Leicester City Centre and adjacent to Hamilton Office Park and Vantage Park. The site forms part of the Victoria Heights Industrial Estate.
At the heart of the food park community is a Business Support Centre and Management Hub. The Chamber and the Forum maintain an onsite presence and manages the park support services. The Business Support Centre and Management Hub at Leicester Food Park provide practical, affordable conference facilities for all. The Food Park is easily accessible from the City Centre, making it a convenient place to meet customers and suppliers away from the factory.
You can find our more about Leicester Food Park and available units here.
More about Southglade Food Park
Southglade Food Park is a flagship multi-million pound scheme offering food and drink companies a unique setting in which to develop. It provides high quality food manufacturing space with purpose-built units, enabling new and innovative food businesses to start up and grow.
Southglade Food Park was opened in 2005, with the build and first three years of operation being funded by the East Midlands Development Agency, the European Regional Development Fund and Nottingham City Council. Since then the park has been self sustaining.
At the heart of the food park community is a Business Support Centre, which The Food and Drink Forum runs. The Forum maintains an onsite presence and manages the park services. Tenancies are managed by Nottingham City Council.
The Business Centre Facilities at Southglade Food Park and can provide practical, affordable conference facilities for all. The Food Park is based just minutes away from Junction 26 of the M1 Motorway and is also easily accessible from the City Centre, making us a convenient place to meet customers and suppliers away from the factory. The Forum offices are based within the Business Centre on the park and so are always on hand to provide quality support on the day and full hospitality services. The Forum’s kitchen facility is also located with the Business Centre.