Scunthorpe butcher develops hospitality division

A butchery business based in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, has been able to develop the hospitality arm of its business thanks to funding of £1,000. 

The bursary from UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE), the part of Tata Steel which invests in companies and communities in steel regions to help them grow and create jobs, has allowed the business to purchase new equipment that will help it meet growing demand. 

Specialists in supplying meat to the public, pubs and restaurants, Taylor’s Family Butchers has used the money to buy a vacuum packer machine which was described by business owner Ashley Taylor as “essential to breaking the hospitality market and building a strong restaurant and hotel-based clientele”.

“It’s incredible how much of a success Taylor’s Family Butcher’s is becoming. We’ve received an overwhelming response from the local community in the last year, with queues often out of the door on Saturdays,” said Taylor.

To keep up with increasing demand, the business has gone from three employees to 15 since opening its doors in 2016. Taylor’s Family Butchers has helped secure the loyalty of patrons by providing a home delivery service and offering significant discounts on large orders.

“The funding has been vital to our establishment, and has allowed us to expand our customer reach as we now have many restaurant, pub and hotel clients,” continued Taylor.

“Due to our initial success we are planning to open another butchers shop in the local area, alongside an online shop. I cannot thank UKSE enough for the funding they have supplied us with.”

The UKSE Kickstart Fund – which has received further funding – was launched in February 2016 and is designed to work alongside North Lincolnshire Council and the Growth Hub to support those looking to establish a business within the area. Applicants also receive help and advice from local Growth Hub advisors and the economic development team at North Lincolnshire Council.

“Taylor’s Family Butchers is a great addition to Scunthorpe and it’s brilliant to hear about its popularity among the local community as well as business owners,” commented Allan Wood, a UKSE representative.

“Within its first year of trading, the butchers shop has created 15 job opportunities in the local area, and with its growing customer base we are looking forward to seeing how its plans to move forward.” 

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