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Stormont collapse 'holds up growth' at Cloughbane Farm Foods

Lorna Robinson of Cloughband farm Foods with grandchildren Bob, Connie (front) and Grace
Lorna Robinson of Cloughband farm Foods with grandchildren Bob, Connie (front) and Grace

By Staff Reporter

The head of one of Northern Ireland's best-known ready meals firm has said the absence of an Executive is holding up expansion.

Cloughbane Farm Foods in Co Tyrone produces 30,000 meals each week for nearly all of the UK's major supermarket chains.

The Pomeroy business, which is based on a fifth-generation family farm, started out in 2003 as a farm shop and branched out into ready meals in 2006.

Founder Lorna Robinson said the firm had ambitions for further growth. It currently employs 46 people.

She said: "We do have plans to grow further but they have been set back by the collapse of Stormont because grants we need aren't available, but eventually we are hoping to grow our premises from 15,000 ft to 30,000 ft."

In Business Telegraph today, Mrs Robinson also says she faced a stressful time winning planning permission for an earlier expansion.

"We're a business, we're employers and people rely on us to be able to pay their bills and their mortgage - it was very frustrating."

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