Stanforths Butchers now owned by Simon Barker

Simon Barker has taken over 100% control of the Stanforths butchery business, including the meat production unit at Skipton Auction Mart and the retail shop in Skipton.

The move became effective on 1 January.

Previously a 50% shareholder, Barker has bought butcher Robert Harts half-share in the business. Hart is due to retire from the business and look for a new direction in life.

Barker previously worked at Layfields & Sons Butchers in Knaresborough, and then for R&J Catering Butchers in Kirkby Malzeard, north of Ripon, before moving to Pateley Bridge and Kendalls Farm Butchers.

He was appointed manager of CCM Quality Foods on-site meat production unit in August 2004, and became a director five years ago.

Under the new ownership, the marts CCM Quality Foods operation will be rebranded under the Stanforths name, while Barker has major plans for the development and expansion of the business, including the catering arm.

In addition to our own shop, we supply prime beef and lamb that I buy personally at Skipton Auction Mart extensively into the local hospitality sector restaurants, pubs and hotels along with locally sourced gammon and bacon, which I also source in person from Selby Livestock Auction Mart, he said. Retired pig farmer Keith Hardcastle, from Darley, buys pigs for me at Wharfedale Farmers Auction Mart in Otley. We will have an ongoing requirement for cattle and lambs each week at Skipton as the business develops. We are also buying around 80 pigs a week and expect this demand to grow.

All our meat is sourced from Yorkshire and we have a great relationship with CCM and the other marts I deal with, who are always keen to meet our requirements, as well as with local farmers, added Barker. We are looking to grow and have identified opportunities to both strengthen our [catering] footprint in our current trading areas and expand into new ones across the region.

Stanforths currently employs 20 people both at the mart and in the butchers shop.

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