Are you the owner of a food manufacturing business that needs to expand their factory facilities but doesn’t know where to start? You’re not alone!

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We recognise that when manufacturers turn to us they are making one of the biggest financial investments in their business. Because of this they simply can’t afford to get it wrong.

Oakley Food Projects is a family-owned business that was founded in 2012 to meet the needs of small to medium (SME) food, drink and pharmaceutical manufacturers in the UK looking to move, expand and future-proof their production facilities.

The majority of SME food factory owners that are facing expansion tell us that:

  • It’s the biggest investment they’ve ever made in the business and they’re afraid of the consequences of getting it wrong.
  • They’re busy managing the day-to-day business and lack the time and headspace to focus on a project.
  • They’re worried about the project becoming a major distraction.
  • Their lack of experience results in unforeseen pitfalls which often lead to time and budget overrun.

These challenges are at the core of why we exist. Oakley take care of the entire expansion process; from initial scoping and design through to handover of your finished factory. Our turnkey approach means that, as the business owner, you can focus on what is most important, without the stress, distraction and risk of trying to manage the project yourself.

How do we help?

Oakley offers a new approach to factory expansion that addresses all the challenges and pitfalls that often occur. We are a turn-key, end-to-end partner, working solely with owners of small and medium-sized food manufacturers to design, build and fit-out their factory or cold store facilities.

Our simple approach provides a clear road map to completion of your project, and ensures cost certainty from the outset, giving you peace of mind that the project will be delivered on-spec, on time and on budget. All with minimal disruption, allowing you to focus on what you do best – running and growing your business!

We take care of the whole process to remove the stress, disruption and risk; right from initial scoping and concept design, obtaining planning permission to building and fitting out your project. Whether it’s an empty warehouse space that you need to transform into a new production area or a full ground up factory build, we work closely with you to understand your business and tailor our designs to meet your production and manufacturing needs.

We understand the unique challenges faced by small and medium sized food manufacturers and that there is a fine margin between success and failure. It’s a significant financial commitment and is likely to be one of your largest investments to date, so we give you one fixed cost to de-risk the investment for you. We also recognise that available cash can be limited in a fast-growing business which is why we offer asset finance options to enable you to structure the investment in a manageable way without impacting your working capital.

Another common challenge experienced by growing SME food manufacturers is that their resources are thinly spread, with owners and directors often wearing multiple hats and taking a hands-on role in the business. This, coupled with a lack of expertise or experience in designing and building food factories, means that you may be left wondering where to start. With a partner like Oakley, your only time commitment is in key decisions with a weekly meeting with your dedicated contracts manager, freeing up your time and headspace to focus on your business.

Don’t just take our word for it:

“They know what they’re doing, they have the expertise and the whole process has run smoothly. The bespoke turnkey element made the project very painless.”

Managing Director, Berkshire Meat Traders

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