POT plant packaging company Butters Group has created around 40 new jobs with a £700,000 cash injection to fund two major new developments.
The Spalding company has spent £400,000 developing a high-tech flower packhouse to make bouquets for supermarkets and home deliveries – and a further £300,000 to refurbish an old nursery to create an eco-friendly four acres of glass to raise bedding plants and potted bulbs.
The Westside plant nursery, which is expected to produce an initial 1.5 million units a year, is headed by grower Pete Hicks, who has 25 years’ experience of producing supermarket quality produce.
Mr Hicks said: “Our aim with Westside Nursery is not just to grow the highest quality product, but to ensure we stay focused on being as environmentally friendly as possible.
“We have invested heavily into a filtration system to recycle rainwater as well as introducing biological control as an effective means of reducing or mitigating pests.”
Mr Hicks is supported by five full-time staff and up to 20 casual workers.
The 23,000sq ft flower packhouse employs 25 permanent workers who are processing and packaging flowers from Kenya, Colombia and Holland along with home-grown varieties.
Butters managing director Andy Coaten says the two new divisions will be strongly customer focused.
He said: “Ours is a design-led business and at each of the two new divisions we will be focusing primarily on creative, innovative design concepts.
“We felt the current market was stagnant and badly in need of new ideas – and that’s exactly what we are intending to bring to the customer.”