CHILLI FIRM TURNS UP THE HEAT

Fund­ing al­lows condi­ments man­u­fac­turer to go fully au­to­mated

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR TELEGRAPH - By Paul Grin­nell paul.grin­nell@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTPaulGrin­nell

A cou­ple who make chilli condi­ments by hand at their Wans­ford home have switched to au­to­ma­tion to turn up the heat on pro­duc­tion.

Hus­band and wife team Tim and An­nette Wil­liams, who run King­fisher Chilli, have been fill­ing, la­belling and seal­ing hun­dreds of jars of chilli paste, jam, may­on­naise and peri-peri oil by hand.

But, af­ter se­cur­ing £6,100 from Op­por­tu­nity Peter­bor- ough’s LEADER pro­gramme, the en­ter­pris­ing cou­ple, who have turned their din­ing room into a com­mer­cial kitchen, have in­tro­duced ma­chin­ery that can slice through their pro­duc­tion times.

Cur­rently, the cou­ple, who set up their busi­ness last Oc­to­ber, turn out 100 jars in five and a half hours by hand.

The pur­chase of grind­ing, fill­ing, cap­ping and la­belling ma­chines will al­low them to dra­mat­i­cally raise that pro­duc­tion to 300 jars in three hours.

Mrs Wil­liams, di­rec­tor, said: “With­out the grant we wouldn’t be able to ex­pand this quickly.

“We know there’s a big mar­ket for our prod­ucts, but there’s only so much we can keep do­ing by hand so it’s a big re­lief to be hav­ing au­to­mated pro­duc­tion.

She added: “The grant has come at just the right time as there are lots of larger ex­hi­bi­tions we’d like to at­tend along­side show­cas­ing our prod­ucts at lo­cal mar­kets and fayres.”

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of Op­por­tu­nity Peter­bor­ough, Steve Bowyer, said: “I’m de­lighted King­fisher Chilli has been awarded this grant and am cer­tain we will see the com­pany con­tinue to suc­ceed thanks to An­nette and Tim’s pas­sion and en­thu­si­asm.”

En­ter­pris­ing Tim and An­nette Wil­liams.

Some of the prod­ucts made by King­fisher Chilli.

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