Premium dog food brand to create 500 jobs in Bassetlaw

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A dog food brand is creating 500 jobs at an industrial unit just off the A1 near Blyth - hoping to be open for business by March 2021.

Premium manufacturer Butternut Box say their ambition is to become ‘an employer of choice in the area’.

The company has taken out a 15-year lease on the 151,388 sq ft industrial unit at Symmetry Park - where it will be based.

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The unit - owned by logistics development company Tritax Symmetry - comes with office space, ‘generous’ parking for Butternut Box employees and a Starbucks and KFC on-site.

Symmetry Park - where Butternut Box will be based. Photo: Giles Rocholl Photography Ltd 2018Symmetry Park - where Butternut Box will be based. Photo: Giles Rocholl Photography Ltd 2018
Symmetry Park - where Butternut Box will be based. Photo: Giles Rocholl Photography Ltd 2018

Butterbox, which has been running for four years, currently operates two separate sites for manufacturing and distribution.

However Symmetry Park will enable them to create an in-house, end-to-end, operation.

They say the central location - just off Junction 34 of the A1 (M) - is also critical for distribution around the UK.

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Speaking about the new factory Bassetlaw councillor Jo White, member for regeneration, said: “This is a real vote of confidence in Bassetlaw as a place to do business.

“We are delighted that Butternut Box, a vibrant, innovative and growing company have chosen to invest in North Notts - bringing brand new jobs to the area.

“We know their ethos is to make strong links with the community and I’m really excited about the opportunities for local residents that this investment will bring.”

David Nolan, of Butternut Box, said: “We’re incredibly proud and excited to be making this investment in the long-term future of our company.

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“This move represents a huge investment in our operational capabilities for the future as well as signalling our ambition to become an employer of choice in the area.

“We’re delighted to be working with Tritax Symmetry and Bassetlaw District Council as long-term partners, enabling us to better serve our customers and their dogs for many years to come.”

The unit Butternut Box will be taking up offers flexibility for an expansion of up to 250,000 sq ft as the operation grows further.

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