From market stall to £3.5m and growing

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A small meat processor and wholesale food company in Stoke-on-Trent is on the up, thanks to a £367,000 loan from the Bank of Scotland...

A small meat processor and wholesale food company in Stoke-on-Trent is on the up, thanks to a £367,000 loan from the Bank of Scotland Corporate.

Frozen, chilled and ambient food supplier Roy Evans and Sons is using the money to build a new sliced meats factory and distribution centre to replace the premises it has outgrown on Fenton Industrial Estate. The company said the new, larger factory on Oldfield Business Park should be ready in the new year and would allow a more efficient production layout than was possible at the firm’s current site - a converted row of units.

General manager Paul Brambley said: “The business has grown and needs to consolidate its operations under one roof. The new premises will allow us to achieve an extra 25-30% capacity and to continue growing.”

The family business, established in 1955, started trading on a market stall. Today, with 20 employees, it supplies shops, restaurants and markets and has a turnover of £3.5m.

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