A £3m ‘food enterprise centre’ has opened in Yorkshire to give fledgling food entrepreneurs a base from which to launch their businesses.

Tory MP William Hague opened the Leeming Bar Food Enterprise Centre, which aims to give new businesses food grade space and expert knowledge at affordable prices.

The project received funding from Yorkshire Forward, the European Regional Development Fund and Hambleton District Council.

“The Food Enterprise Centre removes some of the significant cost barriers faced by new food businesses and gives them the opportunity to move into purpose-built accommodation, to share costs and experiences with other similar businesses and to make the most of prime market opportunities across Yorkshire and beyond,” said Tony Hall of Hambleton District Council.