QVC shopping channel debut set to get firm growing
A ROTHERHAM company that has developed a new “green” plant feeding system is hoping to see its business blooming after securing a slot on shopping channel QVC.
Envirofeed Limited, which is based at Century Business Centre in Manvers, was launched earlier this year by Bob Johnson after he received support from UK Steel Enterprise’s Kickstart Fund with a £500 grant.
The company, which employs two people, has designed and manufactured a new system for creating organic liquid plant feed from green leaf kitchen waste and water.
The liquid plant food maker comes in the form of a two litre jug that holds a compartment into which organic kitchen waste is placed.
The nutrients from the waste then infuse into water in the jug creating the liquid plant feed.
Envirofeed has secured a 600-unit export order to Germany and is hoping to shift 500 units per month after appearing on QVC on the August 11.
A key feature of the new product is that every aspect of the design, production and packaging is based in South Yorkshire with the tooling and extrusion manufacturing being handled by local suppliers.
UK Steel Enterprise is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel. Its Kickstart Fund provides grants of up to £500 to new start or green shoot businesses to purchase essential equipment and or services that can get them trading.
Its main investment fund provides business finance in amounts from £25,000 up to £750,000 to companies in South Yorkshire and other areas affected by changes in the steel industry.
The Kickstart Fund makes grants of up to £500 to pay for essential equipment or materials to people looking to launch a new business or those that are in the early stages of trading.
Anyone wanting to make an application to the Kickstart Fund should call Rotherham Youth Enterprise on 0114 269 5053.
Recipients have to be aged between 18 and 30 and live in the borough of Rotherham.
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