Family butchers expands to local market

A butchery business based in Gloucester has been able to expand its retail operations thanks to funding from NatWest. 

Initially founded 24 years ago, the financial support has allowed AP Meats to open a new stand at indoor Eastgate Market. 

Run by Andy Pattison, the business has undergone a transformation due to the funding, and has created three additional local jobs.

“Since the opening of the new stand we have had a fantastic response from customers, and we are already building a strong client base,” said Pattison. “Footfall has been higher than expected, so we have seen a strong start to trading.

“With NatWest’s support, we have been able to expand and spend time getting to know the local market and customers’ needs. In the seven years we have been banking with NatWest its knowledgeable team has always been supportive of our business development needs.”

AP Meats Ltd first began trading in 1993 as a mobile butchery business, with the purpose of supplying open markets across the South West. Pattison’s 27-year-old son, Chris, is the business’s director and is set to be the face of the business in the future.

Adam Collins, relationship manager at NatWest, added: “AP Meats is a business that puts quality first. Andy has revived a previously closed stall to make AP Meats a permanent fixture in the city, bringing real value to the indoor Eastgate Market. It has been rewarding to support Andy and the business through its latest phase of expansion.” 

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