Warner’s opens new £1.5m facility
Gary Warner and Ryan Sorby
Warner Fish Merchants (WFM), retailer to independent fish and chip shops across England, has opened a new office and cold store facility at Decoy Bank in Doncaster.
The company has been supported by a £1.5m fund from Lloyds Bank Wholesale Banking and Markets in Sheffield.
The new offices and cold storage unit will see a number of smaller sites coming together under one roof as WFM continues to see increasing demand from a growing customer base. The company will benefit from closer control of resources as well as lower costs for warehousing and other support services.
Warner Fish Merchants Managing Director Gary Warner said: “This is the culmination of a lot of hard work all across the business. We’re delighted that Lloyds Bank shares our vision for growth and have supported us with a new financial package. We’ve also been supported by the Marine Management Organisation with additional funding for our work with sustainable fishing and if we progress as planned we will be creating new jobs too.”
Covering 13,000ft2, Decoy Bank will become a centre of distribution for fish and chip shops all over the UK and Ireland and even Australia.
Ryan Sorby, relationship manager at Lloyds Bank said: ““We’ve supported WFM in a number of ways historically but when Gary and his team put their ideas to us we were more than happy to find a way to make it happen. They are a strong team with a superb track record and a solid plan for further growth in the business.”
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