Meat wholesaler expands in Blackpool

A Blackpool-based wholesale catering butcher is eyeing expansion after investing in new premises to help accommodate business growth in the North of England.

Clifton Quality MeatsClifton Quality Meats has bought a new site in Normanton next to the existing one in the town to help support growth coming from the company’s other premises, which also includes a site in Blackpool.

Focused on delivering high quality meat and poultry products sourced from local specialist suppliers and a network of meat processing plants, Clifton Quality Meats works with a broad range of businesses including hotels, restaurants, sporting venues, healthcare and the education sector.

The organisation’s history can be traced back more than 100 years to a chain of local butchers in Kirkham, Lancashire. Recently Clifton Quality Meats has experienced a period of significant growth, registering a turnover of more than £10m in 2014. Having worked with Yorkshire Bank for more than 15 years, the most recent six-figure funding package brings the total investment in Clifton Quality Meats from the Bank to £2.5m.

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. Employing a team of more than 70 staff, Clifton Quality Meats hopes the new premises will allow them to take on additional 10 staff in the immediate future, with potential to take on more in the coming months as they look 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. Ian Hardman, head of Yorkshire Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Preston, said: “Clifton Quality Meats is a great example of a local business successfully expanding into larger markets, leading to strong growth. Since starting to work with them more than 15 years ago we’ve seen the business move to become a major player in meat wholesaling. We’re proud to have been able to support them along the way and pleased they could take advantage of our new premises lending initiative.”