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Abattoir decided to move areas in expansion effort

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 06, 2014

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A SOUTH Derbyshire slaughterhouse has relocated out of the area after outgrowing its surroundings as they firm planned to expand.

Meat exporting company Pickstock Ashby decided to move its abattoir from its home near Coal Lane, Hartshorne, to Telford in a bid to be able to fulfil proposed expansion efforts.

The move has seen almost all of its existing 65 staff transferred to the town.

The company, which sends beef to 22 countries across the world, has changed its name to Pickstock Telford as a result of the £10 million move.

Owner Greg Pickstock said: “We outgrew the last factory, as we were getting to full capacity.

“Had we invested in our other plant it would been a similar amount to this new investment.

“It has been easier to place jobs here than it was in Hartshorne, there have been more people coming up to the gates.

“This move has brought the company to a new level and it is now capable of supplying a whole range of customers from the local butcher’s shop to the largest retailer with UK beef.”

The company was established in 2003 and based in Derbyshire before it outgrew its existing home in late 2012.

Bosses said it wanted to relocate to new modern premises as the site in Hartshorne needed substantial investment to meet the company’s expansion plans.

The company currently achieves turnover of between £60 to £70 million per year, but expects growth of around 30 per cent as a result of its move to purpose-build premises.

The 85,000 sq ft plant is one of a handful in Europe to have every different process under the same roof, including lairage where cattle rest before slaughter, the meat processing facility, on-site cold stores and despatch, plus a boning and packing plant.

The firm supplies beef products for the national and international retail, commercial and food service markets.

The company was one of the first to export beef back into Europe following the BSE crisis in 2006.

Mr Pickstock said: “Our success in the last 11 years has been built on developing lasting relationships with farmer’s right across the UK.”

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