Business Innovation and Skills Director General to visit Cleone Foods
Business Innovation and Skills Director General, Tera Allas, will make a personal visit to Jewellery Quarter based Jamaican Patty producer, Cleone Foods, on Friday 20th July.
On the agenda will be a factory tour; putting business regulation in to context, followed by an open discussion with Cleone Foods Managing Director, Wade Lyn and senior managers surrounding training issues, business tools and the necessary skills required by today’s business community, as well as discussing targeted products currently under development by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Learning and Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
Cleone Foods Managing Director, Wade Lyn, commented: “Red tape stifles growth – reducing it is fundamental to making the UK the best place to start and grow a business.
“The Director General taking time out to appraise herself of the issues and concerns of small businesses can only add value to developing regulatory policies that supports and strengthens and does not hinder the enterprise environment for small businesses, enabling even more people and communities to set up in business.”
Additional Company Information:
Tera Allas joined BIS as Director General for Strategy, Analysis and Better Regulation,previously known as Economics, Strategy and Better Regulation, in January 2011. In addition to her Departmental duties, she is also the Deputy Head of the Government Economic Service, previously working at the Department for Transport as Director of Transport Analysis and Economics and Chief Economist and at the Department of Energy and Climate Change as Chief Energy Economist and Director of Energy Market Economics.
Cleone Foods produce authentic Jamaican patties under the Island Delight brand, and was the first company in the UK to produce an authentic Jamaican product sold through supermarkets which used only original Jamaican recipes.
Their ethos of using locally sourced products and staying true to our roots is at the heart of everything they do. They continue to promote the Caribbean ethos of friendliness, co-operation and community self-support, through its application to modern responsible business practice.
Having family friendly policies also helps facilitate local employment for those with school-aged children, promoting from within via staff development programmes and training, as they favour retention to external recruitment, a policy which continues to sustain company growth.
A small family business employing 50 staff, Cleone Foods manufactures “Island Delight” branded Jamaican patties, utilising A-Graded BRC Quality Systems and continues to experience consistent growth.
With major retailers such as ASDA, Tesco, Morrisons, Co-op and Sainsbury’s stocking Island Delight, Cleone Foods also supplies foodservice, independent retailers and distributors, and is widely acknowledged as a responsible Midlands business.