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Food manufacturers BD Foods have extended into a new, purpose built factory unit, 67 Castleham Road in St Leonards.

Hastings Borough Council, in its aims to support local businesses and increase jobs in the town, has invested in the build of this new factory unit on Castleham Industrial Estate.

Designed by BBM Sustainable Design and built by Westridge Construction, the newly completed unit will provide much needed extra space for BD foods, who are already operating from other units in the area.

“The construction of this new unit is part of our new income generation programme through commercial property investments. The Income Generation Strategy will enable the council to be more sustainable in the future and less reliant on diminishing government grants” said Cllr Peter Chowney, leader Hastings Borough Council.

“We are very pleased that BD Foods will be the tenants of this new, state of the art, A rated for energy efficiency unit at Castleham. BD Foods already operate from eight units at Castleham and this one will allow them to expand their food production further, creating 40 new jobs in the process. They are one of the biggest employers on the Castleham Industrial Estate with over 100 employees and we look forward to seeing their future and continued success here in Hastings”, he added.

BD Foods has been in the top 20 food manufacturers growth list as compiled by Plimsoll for the past 10 years and they provide the food industry with high quality, ready to use menu accompaniments such as sauces and dips, dressings, soups, marinades and fruit compotes. Their primary markets are hotels, airlines, restaurants, pubs, trains, and event caterers and their client base includes British Airways, Eurostar, Café Rouge, Domino Pizza and Bella Italia.

John Davis, Managing Director BD Foods commented: “It has been a real pleasure to partner Hastings Borough Council in our expansion; they must be the single most proactive council out there to take the germ of an idea and run with it all the way to create double figure new jobs, we thank them sincerely for all their help and support.

“I would also like to thank Westridge, the builders of our new Unit – a great firm to work alongside, with very high standards – rare these days. We are moving all our cooking kit into the new unit over the next two weeks and will be up and running again very soon – all our planning actually met all the deadlines in reality. In summary, a great project working with great people to a common aim!”

BD Foods, a Hastings-based food manufacturing business is expanding into purpose-build new premises and creating 40 new jobs with help from funding provided by East Sussex County Council.

BD Foods produces an extensive range of sauces, dressings, dips and soups which are sold to restaurants, hotel chains and airlines. Its impressive client list includes British Airways, Conrad Hotels, Eurostar, Nandos, Café Rouge and Marriott, to name a few.

BD Foods has accessed grant and loan funding of £360k through Locate East Sussex, the county’s business support service. This has been supplemented with an investment of £750k from Hastings Borough Council, all of which will be invested into a new building for BD Foods.

Since 2001, BD Foods has grown from a start-up company with just three members of staff, to its current size where it employs over 100 local people. The company is expanding rapidly and now has a turnover of £7 million a year as a result of 15 years of strong and sustained growth.

In 2015, BD Foods was finding that future growth was potentially at risk. Capacity constraints at its site on the Castleham Road Industrial Estate in St Leonards-on-Sea were limiting production and restricting further expansion.

The company needed to expand. Plans for a new factory were drawn up and BD Foods approached Hastings Borough Council and Locate East Sussex for support. The new factory, due to be completed late 2016, will see an additional 40 new permanent jobs being created and will provide an additional 10,000 sq. ft. of space next to BD Foods’ main production facility. Exactly what BD Foods needs to grow.

John Davis, Managing Director of BD Foods, said: “Hastings is a great place to run a business and we are both successful and happy here.

“Hastings Borough Council has been productive, flexible and supportive with our expansion plans. The town itself has a great labour resource so we never have problems with recruitment. Many people are moving to the area as it is better value to buy and rent property, which means the calibre of employees is constantly increasing. The town is growing very quickly and importantly, there is the space to expand and it is a lot cheaper than Brighton.”

“Transport is a huge part of our business, as we travel to airports at least once a day. The A21 has seen a huge investment and is improving, along with the planned high speed railway which will make trips to and from London much easier for us and our clients,” John continued.

John Davis concluded, “Without Locate East Sussex, we wouldn’t have been able to fit out the new units. The team at Locate East Sussex understand problems, money and business. They really want to help and I am grateful for their input.”

Adam Berger, Location Service Manager at Locate East Sussex, said: “We are pleased to have helped BD Foods expand. It is really encouraging to see a great, local Hastings business thrive and develop strong growth plans for the future.”

To find out more about how Locate East Sussex can support your business, visit www.locateeastsussex.org.uk


Hastings Borough Council in its aims to support local businesses and increase jobs in the town has invested in the build of a new factory unit at Castleham Industrial Estate, Hastings.

Built by Westridge Construction Ltd the new unit due for completion at the end of this year will provide much needed extra space for a local business already operating from other units in the area, BD Foods.

Hastings Borough Council’s leader, Cllr Peter Chowney recently attended the ‘topping out’ ceremony; the age old tradition of bestowing luck and thanks to builders when a structure reaches its topmost point. He commented: “This unit is a great addition to the offer at Castleham and we are very pleased that BD Foods will be the new tenants. They currently occupy eight units at Castleham and this one will enable them to expand their food production, creating 50 new jobs in the process.”

BD Foods plan to start working from the unit in the New Year.