Ingredients supplier Unicorn Ingredients has opened an office in India, as it sets up for global growth.

The Epsom-based supplier secured a funding deal with RBS Invoice Finance and NatWest, which will help support the company’s growth strategy.

The new office is in Baroda, in the Indian state of Gujarat, and will allow the firm to source more from India and open new markets.

Joint managing director Frank Horan said: “Baroda is in the main sesame seed-producing area of India and sesame seed is one of our key products. The office will allow us to control and monitor the quality of supplies more closely and build closer relationships with producers.

“The new Indian office is a procurement office so far, but we will be adding on sales functions as trade increases.”

The company has now appointed Hemant Gupte, a qualified mechanical engineer, to the Indian office to manage activities from the region. Unicorn said he would also work to improve the company’s position both technically and commercially.