A GLASGOW-based pizza company which uses seaweed to help create healthier bases has pledged to create jobs after securing a six-figure grant, writes Scott Wright.

The Victor Pizza Company, which supplies the wholesale food market, said it will create 15 full-time jobs and safeguard an existing seven after receiving a Regional Selective Assistance grant worth £152,000. The family-owned firm says it is the only pizza manufacturer to use seaweed as an ingredient, noting that it helps provide a healthier alternative to traditional dough. It will use the support from Scottish Enterprise to invest in a new cooling system, upgrade its food preparation area and in factory equipment.

Managing director Anne Marie Cairney said: “Our investment and the grant from Scottish Enterprise will increase our sales and productivity to help build our profile. Investing in the workforce is integral to the company’s success as a small family run business and we provide continuous training, pay the Glasgow Living Wage and provide quality jobs with opportunities for career progression and development.”

The Victor Pizza Company works with MCR Pathways, a Scottish mentoring programme, Young Enterprise Scotland and schools to encourage young people to consider careers in the food and drink industry.