Supporting local businesses

Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, last week visited Crumbs Food Company Limited. Alok met with Tim Robinson, Managing Director and owner of the company. Alok enjoyed a tour of the premises and was delighted to sample some of the company’s delicious products.

Crumbs Food Company Limited started in 2008 based in a small sandwich shop in central Reading. Since then, the company has experienced significant growth and is now based in Portman Road Trade Park. Crumbs Food Company Limited now employs seventeen full time local workers and provides catering services for a number of local businesses, day care centres and schools.

Alok is a passionate advocate of small businesses. Since 2010, the Government has put business-led recovery at the heart of its plan, cutting Corporation Tax from 28 per cent to 19 per cent. The UK will stick to the business tax roadmap to 2020. This will mean that Corporation Tax will fall to 17 per cent, the lowest in the G20, and the business rates reduction package now worth £9 billion will be implemented. This will take 600,000 small firms out of the rates system altogether.

Alok Sharma said: “I was delighted to visit Crumbs Food Company Limited and congratulate Tim Robinson on his perseverance and success. His company makes a real difference in the community and it is businesses like Crumbs which are the life blood of our local economy. I am a strong advocate of local business and I believe that the Government’s plans to support small and medium size enterprises will allow the businesses, so vital to the heart of our communities, to flourish.”

Tim Robinson, the Managing Director and owner of Crumbs Food Company Limited said: "It was great to show Alok around our Office and Kitchen Premises, and give him an insight in to our operation. He was extremely interested in the school catering side of the business. We currently feed 100s of Local School, and Nursery Children, from the whole process of procurement right through to delivery."

Photo: Alok Sharma MP with Tim Robinson, the Managing Director and owner of Crumbs Food Company Limited

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