The online handmade meal kit company, The Little Pasta Company, has secured funding from the M3 Business Expansion Loan Program. The Â£ 75,000 Growth Loan will help purchase new business premises and create three new positions within the company.
Due to the popularity of meal kits and increased demand for products, the company must scale up its operations by moving to a larger and better designed 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 allow the company to offer cooking workshops and, as the UK begins to host outdoor events once again the new fully branded food truck company will be available for hire in all the countries. The company also plans to launch a subscription service later this year.
The Little Pasta Company was founded in 2020 by Daniel Webber-Quick. On numerous trips to Italy over a decade with his family, Daniel immersed himself in the culture and found himself surrounded by fresh ingredients. From an early age he loved to cook and recently decided to turn this passion into a profession. He has developed a range of handmade, easy-to-cook Italian 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 day before and delivered fresh the next day. They offer a nutritious and healthy alternative to ready-made or take-out meals and because they contain correctly dosed ingredients, there is no food waste.
Daniel Webber-Quick, Founder and Director of The Little Pasta Company, said, âI wanted to start a business that could deliver healthy, fresh, nutritious and easy-to-prepare food. The demand for this type of food is increasing. The EM3 expansion loan gave the company the ability to meet this demand and reach more people to grow further. The new food truck will allow us to develop in the event market and the range will be extended with the addition of the subscription service. James from The FSE Group saw the potential of our business model and I am grateful for his support in securing the funding to move the business forward.