Clifton Quality Meats adds new premises

Wholesale catering butcher Clifton Quality Meats is eyeing expansion after investing in new premises.

It has purchased a new site in Normanton, West Yorkshire next to the existing one in the town to help support growth coming from the companys other premises, which also include a site in Blackpool.

In operation for more than 100 years, the company has recently experienced a period of significant growth, registering a turnover of more than 10m in 2014.

Clifton Quality Meats works with a broad range of businesses including hotels, restaurants, sporting venues, and the healthcare and the education sectors.

As well as catering for existing customers, the new premises will allow the company to fulfil its growth strategy of expanding further into the south of England, using its fleet of refrigerated vehicles to service new and existing clients across the region, it said.

Employing more than 70 staff, Clifton Quality Meats hopes the new premises will allow it to take on additional 10 staff in the immediate future, with potential to take on more in the coming months as it looks to expand operations further.

Stephen Hellewell, managing director at Clifton Quality Meats, said: Before acquiring the premises, new business growth had to be supported by our Blackpool operation. We had to move the geographic boundary closer to Blackpool as our current site at Normanton was at capacity. The extra space from our new premises will allow us to save and consolidate on transport and logistic costs of deliveries and inter depot transfers. This is particularly important as we look to grow the business and expand operations into the south of England.

Hellewell praised Yorkshire Bank for its support in the project. Citing a 15-year working relationship, the most recent six-figure funding package brings the total investment in Clifton Quality Meats from the Bank to 2.5m.

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