Premium ready meal brand Charlie Bigham's is set to build a new food preparation facility in a former Somerset quarry, creating 100 jobs

The new kitchen in the former Dulcote Quarry is due for completion towards the end of this year. It will increase the company's production capacity and support its long-term plans for growth.

Owner Charlie Bigham said: "We saw a fantastic opportunity to expand in a huge market and give more people what they’re looking for in their meals – fresh, delicious food which they can be sure is free of preservatives and comes from a source they can trust. I am very excited about our future and our new production kitchen in the West will be a very important part of it. NatWest has been vital in supporting us as we convert our vision into reality.

"I’m also confident that it will have a positive impact on those we employ and on the community around us as we advance with the long term vision behind the project."

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