Dog food company to create 500 jobs at new Nottinghamshire manufacturing center


A new manufacturing and distribution center for a dog food company will create 500 jobs and is seen as a ‘vote of confidence’ to do business in Nottinghamshire. Butternut Box – which also does business as Dogmates Ltd – has been granted a 15-year lease on a 151,388 square foot unit at Symmetry Park in Blyth, near Worksop.

The co-founder of the company said the decision to create its central hub, right next to exit 34 of the A1, was accepted because it has the ambition to “become an employer of choice” in the region. .

A local adviser said it would also facilitate local recovery from the pandemic. because the site should be fully operational by March 2021 and will accommodate a significant workforce.

Jack Bowker, Blyth Councilor at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “It’s good that a company is setting up a base here, especially given the current circumstances with Covid. It is rare that a company can decide to do so at this time.

“I think it’s great that it creates jobs here and I hope the people of Blyth can fill some of the roles.

“It’s nice to see investments coming back here. This will let people know that we are ready to do business in North Notts. Given the current uncertainty, 500 upcoming jobs are very welcoming here.

Butternut Box currently operates two separate sites for manufacturing and execution, but Symmetry Park will facilitate the transition to an end-to-end in-house operation.

Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “This is a real vote of confidence in Bassetlaw as the place to do business.

“We are delighted that Butternut Box, a dynamic, innovative and growing company, has chosen to invest in North Notts, creating new jobs in the region.

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

Founded four years ago with its head office in London, Butternut Box makes high-quality dog ​​food with fresh ingredients, which customers can order tailor-made online to be delivered to their doorstep.

In the past 12 months, the company has received more than £ 20million from investors.

David Nolan, co-founder of Butternut Box, said: “We are extremely proud and excited to make this investment in the long term future of our business.

“This decision represents a huge investment in our operational capabilities for the future, as well as signaling our ambition to become an employer of choice in the region.

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“We are delighted to be working with Tritax Symmetry & Bassetlaw District Council as long term partners, which allows us to better serve our customers and their dogs for many years to come.

The unit provides auxiliary offices and parking for Butternut Box, as well as the flexibility to facilitate expansion up to 250,000 square feet as the operation grows.

On-site amenities include a Starbucks and KFC, and Butternut Box plans to begin fitting out the building immediately.

Freddie Oakey, Deputy Director of Development at Tritax Symmetry, said: “Butternut Box clearly has excellent growth potential for the future and the fact that the brand is selecting this site for its central manufacturing and distribution center is testament to the location and excellent facilities offered by the park. . ”

Located on the northern border of Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire, Symmetry Park is a distribution and industrial program implemented by Tritax Symmetry which has accepted the unit rental agreement.


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