Food firm goes green with Lloyds Bank support
A Birmingham-based food producer is taking steps to become more sustainable with our support.
Read time: 2 mins Added: 06/10/2021
Island Delight, which supplies Jamaican patties and ready meals to major UK supermarkets, has received a £600,000 invoice finance loan to support its ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental impact. This has included the installation of solar panels across its 15,000 sq. ft. manufacturing site in Hockley which will help power the site.
The firm, which employs 65 people, has also used funds to buy its first electric vehicle, which will be charged using energy produced by the solar panels. It has added an additional three new low-emission delivery vehicles to its fleet, helping to reduce the carbon footprint of its weekly deliveries to its customer base which includes Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda, alongside independent stores.
The company already uses anaerobic digestion to produce energy from its food waste and has had a zero waste to landfill policy for more than 15 years.
“Doing the best we can for our community and for the planet lies at the heart of everything we do, and our solar panels and low-emission vehicles are an important part of this vision. Our sustainability journey is an ongoing process and we will continue to look at what more we can do as we move forward and continue to grow."
Wade Lyn CBE CD DL, owner of Island Delight.
“The Lloyds Bank team was really supportive of the project and keen to help us. We’ve banked with them for more than a decade and having them by our side has given us the stability and confidence we need to continue investing in becoming greener.”
Tony Hanley, relationship manager at Lloyds Bank, said: “Island Delight is setting a fantastic example by investing in sustainable growth. The solar panels and new vehicles will make its operations more environmentally friendly and will also help to support its ongoing growth.
“As the focus on sustainability increases, particularly as COP26 approaches, we will be working with businesses across the West Midlands to move towards a greener future together.”
Island Delight owner Wade Lyn is determined to ensure the business makes a positive impact in the local community. The team takes part in volunteering and mentoring activities in the region, with Wade himself receiving a CBE in 2013 for his contribution to the local community and supporting young people. He has also been appointed High Sherriff for the West Midlands, a role he will take up in 2023.
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