Work could start soon on a big extension to the Pukka Pies factory in Leicestershire, eventually adding 150 new jobs to the workforce.
The business – whose all steak and chicken & mushroom pies are staples in chip shops, football grounds and on supermarket shelves up and down the country – is planning a 50,000 sq ft facility on land north of its headquarters at The Half Croft, in Syston.
The plans could add an extra £25 million to its annual turnover.
A spokeswoman said work was expected to get underway in the “coming months”.
The family-owned business saw its turnover grow from £45.8 million to £49.3 million in the year to last May.
However pre-tax profits were down to £2.6 million – compared to £3.6 million the previous year and £6.5 million the year before that – due to factors such as a rise in the cost of raw materials, increased staffing numbers and investments in the brand.
A spokeswoman for the business, which employs 350 people in Leicestershire, said: “Now that planning consent has been granted for the full manufacturing and distribution facility, we are one step closer to opening our new site at The Hall Croft in Syston.
“This investment will futureproof Pukka Pies’ growth on a national scale and bring a raft of benefits to the local economy.
“This scheme is an extension of our existing facilities and will increase production and operating capacity, creating an additional 150 jobs in the process. In total, Pukka Pies will employ over 500 local people.
“Marrons Planning, part of law firm Shakespeare Martineau, has been integral to the process and has provided invaluable support in coordinating with the planning authorities, the local and county council and the architects.
“It was extremely important to us that the new site mirrors our existing environmental focus. This means that the scheme has efficiency and sustainability at its heart.
“Being given the green light is a huge milestone and we are all looking forward to seeing the scheme take shape over the coming months.”
The business was founded by the Storer family in 1963, and is now established as the UK’s “number one” hot pie brand across the fast food and grocer sectors.
It supplies around 35 million pies a year to fish and chip shops and football clubs – including Leicester City – and sees big potential to build on the 25 million pies it sells to the nation’s shops and supermarkets each year.
Its latest accounts show that as well as donating more than £20,000 million to charity last year, it gave 16,800 pies and pasties to the Fare Share network which redistributes surplus food to people in need, and 4,680 to Open Hands which provides weekly support and care, as well as hot meals to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Leicester.
Following a number of marketing campaigns Pukka said it had attracted one million new shoppers to its products in recent years, while hot pie sales now contributed £32 million to its turnover.
In a statement, the business said: “The directors consider that the company’s business has continued to operate satisfactorily and believe that a strong platform is in place to allow for sustained growth within the industry.
“The company’s focus continues to be meeting the needs of the customer base by delivering a superior quality product, which offers excellent value for money and best-in industry service levels.
“The company has continued to build brand awareness and the directors expect the business to continue to grow over the coming years.
“This is supported by the company’s investment in advertising during the year and the media campaign for 2018/19.”
Pukka wants to build the new manufacturing, storage, distribution and office facility on a 13.5 acre landfill site on the other side of High Street, next to Roundhill Sailing Club.
As well as the new factory and offices there would be 55 car park spaces, new HGV access and a service yard.
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