The Little Pasta Company secures £75,000 growth loan
Online hand-made meal kit business The Little Pasta Company, has secured funding from the Enterprise M3 Expansion Loan Scheme. The £75,000 growth loan will assist the purchase of a new commercial premises and create three new positions within the business.
Due to the popularity of the meal kits and increased product demand, the business needs to scale-up its operations by relocating to a larger more purpose-built facility. The new kitchen will also see the addition of two new chefs and an administrative assistant joining the current team.
The premises move will enable the business to offer cooking workshops and, as the UK starts to host outdoor events again the business’ new fully branded food truck will be available for hire nationwide. The company also plans to launch a subscription service later this year.
The Little Pasta Company was established in 2020 by Daniel Webber-Quick. On numerous trips to Italy over a decade with his family, Daniel became immersed in the culture and found himself surrounded by fresh ingredients. From a young age he enjoyed cooking and recently decided to turn this passion into a business. He developed a range of easy to cook Italian hand-made meal kits created from his home kitchen. Orders are placed either via the company’s website or on plateaway.com. The kits are then made to order the evening before and delivered fresh the next day. They provide a nutritious, healthy alternative to ready meals or takeaways and because they contain correctly measured ingredients there is no food wastage.
Daniel Webber-Quick, Founder and Director of The Little Pasta Company, commented: “I wanted to start a business which could offer healthy, fresh, nutritious food which was easy to prepare. The demand for this type of food is on the increase. The EM3 Expansion Loan has given the business the opportunity to be able to meet this demand and to reach more people to further grow. The new food truck will allow us to expand into the events market and the range will be extended with the addition of the subscription service. James at The FSE Group, saw the potential in our business model and I am grateful for his support in securing the funding to drive the business forward.”