A Glasgow based pizza company is expanding and upgrading its production capability following a £152,000 Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grant from Scottish Enterprise which will create 15 full time jobs and safeguard seven jobs over the next three years.
Family run business The Victor Pizza Company Ltd supplies products direct to the wholesale food market. At Victor Pizza its all about the base, as it is the only pizza manufacturer to use seaweed in a range of bases to provide a healthy, balanced alternative to traditional dough. The team has plans to supply healthy bases and topped pizzas to schools, colleges, health boards and restaurants throughout the UK.
With the support from Scottish Enterprise, Victor Pizza will invest in a new cooling system, upgrade its food preparation area and factory equipment. The company recently achieved a British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for food safety accreditation that will allow the company to expand into new markets too.
Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills Jamie Hepburn said: “I am pleased this £152,000 Scottish Enterprise grant will help create 15 full time jobs and safeguard seven jobs over the next three years at Victor Pizza.”
“Scotland’s food and drink sector, now worth a record £14.8billion is vital to our economy. The Scottish Government and our agencies will continue to support the sector by supporting the Ambition 2030 food and drink strategy to double the value of the sector by 2030.
“The Scottish Government and our agencies look forward to seeing the business grow.”
Victor Pizza managing director Anne Marie Cairney said: “Our investment and the grant from Scottish Enterprise will increase our sales and productivity to help build our profile.
“Investing in the workforce is integral to the company’s success as a small family run business and we provide continuous training, pay the Glasgow Living Wage and provide quality jobs with opportunities for career progression and development.”
Victor Pizza works with MCR Pathways, Young Enterprise Scotland, schools and colleges to inspire young people from the local area to consider career opportunities in the food and drink industry.
Career Ready interns accompanied a recent visit by Scottish Enterprise to the pizza factory and learnt about the food manufacturing industry first hand too.
Michael Cannon, head of grant appraisal at Scottish Enterprise said: “Victor Pizza is a great example of an inclusive employer investing in its workforce. I am very pleased that Scottish Enterprise has provided an RSA grant and continued advice and support via the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service to support their growth ambitions.
Building vibrant economic communities across Scotland, spreading wealth and wellbeing is identified as a key priority in our recently launched strategic framework, Building Scotland’s Future Today and we look forward to working with Victor Pizza to bring inclusive, economic growth to the local community.”