The catering company Busy Bee has opened a new factory in Imriehel following an investment of almost €7 million. The company’s Managing Director, Brian Friggieri, said that with this investment the company will be more competitive as it will increase its workforce by another 70 employees.
The new factory covers more than 8,000 metres squared and is spread over three storeys. The company has relocated from Msida where it was in a residential zone to the more appropriate industrial zone in Imriehel.
Mr Brian Friggieri, one of the company’s directors, said that with this investment, the company will be tripling its productive capacity as its number of staff will increase to 220.
“We have 3000 square metres of parking, 3k square metres of production and stores and 2k square metres for administration and sales. This investment was carried out because it gives us the opportunity to improve our production, focus more on quality, and have better-designed areas, as well as the logistics which one expects these days.”
Mr Friggieri said that with this investment the company is reaching its various targets, including the improvement of the working and environmental conditions for its employees. Apart from equipment and modern technology, the plant also includes a training centre.
Economy and Investment Minister, Chris Cardona said that the Government’s vision is that from a site which was dangerous and in a derelict state, a centre for the manufacturing of food has been created to generate investment and jobs.
He added that under this Government, the Maltese economy has grown by almost 60%. He said that the private sector was at the centre of this success and is continuing to invest more than ever. He said that in the first nine months of this year, Malta Enterprise approved 58 projects by Maltese entrepreneurs. The Minister said that the investment by Busy Bee is not just a vote of confidence in the capacities of the Maltese and the local market, but also in the economic model which the Government has adopted.
The Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds, Aaron Farrugia said that Busy Bee has benefited from the Business Enhance scheme to improve its production line. He said that around 200 small to medium enterprises have already benefitted from this scheme.