A wholesale butchery business has secured £143,000 from the Business Catalyst Fund to help it to grow its exports.
Penryn-based RJ Trevarthen, headquartered in Roskrow has grown from a man and a van operation in the mid 80s to a multi-million pound turnover business with a 24-vehicle fleet and 65 employees. As well as selling into Holland and Belgium, it has experienced rapid growth overseas, forging new links in China where some cuts of meat, not popular in Britain and the rest of Europe, are considered delicacies.
The investment from the Business Catalyst Fund is part of a £357,000 project to expand the firm's base. Founder Robert Trevarthen said that the 460sq m extension will safeguard 36 jobs, create a further six and provide greater storage capacity.
The Business Catalyst Fund is a £5 million investment scheme, funded by the Regional Growth Fund.
RJ Trevarthen's application was assisted by the corporate finance team at Francis Clark in Truro. Mr Trevarthen said: "Roughly an eighth of our business now comes from abroad – we started selling cattle to Holland and Belgium three years ago and the Chinese market has opened up too.
"We can't be held back by not having enough space or the right facilities."