Wholesaler and distributor of catering and bakery supplies Walker Humphrey is expanding their business after acquiring a fourth building in Sherburn in Elmet, enabling the company to continue growing its product range and creating new jobs.
The company was established in 1964 and supplies products to craft bakeries, independent businesses, farm shops and specialist retailers located across Yorkshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and the North East. Today, it employs 33 staff members and offers a range of ambient, chilled and frozen products and ingredients along with packaging solutions.
In 2009, Walker Humphrey relocated from Morley to Sherburn in Elmet after acquiring its first unit at Seafox Court. In 2015 and 2017, the company expanded into adjacent units following the launch and success of its frozen range which includes unbaked pastry savouries and thaw and serve confectionery products.
Having acquired its fourth unit at Seafox Court which means its premises extend to more than 28,000 square foot of warehouse, distribution space and office accommodation.
“I’m delighted that we were able to successfully acquire a fourth unit in Sherburn in Elmet, which will enable further expansion without the need of a costly site move,” commented Martin Humphrey, Managing Director at Walker Humphrey.
“It significantly increases our loading area for our fleet of HGV multi temperature delivery vehicles and, as we enter a global energy crisis, the additional unit means we can increase our frozen and ambient capacity, as well as investing in a secondary solar system,” he added. “This will reduce our electricity bill by an impressive 50%, which will make us even more competitive in the supply of goods, keeping storage costs under control to help minimise any further price increases to our loyal customers.”
“It’s been a privilege to advise Walker Humphrey on this latest acquisition. They were seriously considering relocating away from the area, as they needed to secure larger premises,” said Paul Mack, Director at GV&Co.
“This property offered a rare opportunity to procure a freehold industrial unit on Sherburn Enterprise Park and ultimately secures Walker Humphrey’s future in Sherburn in Elmet, as well as offering much-needed expansion space.”
Walker Humphrey was represented by GV&Co and Marcus Kaye from Blacks Solicitors.
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