Butternut Box launching new factory with up to 500 jobs

By 07/08/2020June 4th, 2021No Comments

A rapidly growing start-up that makes fresh dog food is planning to relocate to a new factory in central England with space for 500 workers

Dogmates – which trades as Butternut Box – has taken a 150,000 sq ft manufacturing and distribution unit at Symmetry Park on the North Nottinghamshire/South Yorkshire border.

Launched just four years ago, Butternut Box makes dog food with fresh ingredients, which pet owners can custom order online for direct delivery to their door.

In the past year it has received more than £20 million in investment as it builds on growth in the pet supplies sector.

The London business was set up in 2016 by friends and former Goldman Sachs bankers Kevin Glynn and David Nolan.

They were spurred on by a healthy diet prepared for Nolan’s dogs, a Staffie and a Shih Tzu, after they developed health issues.

The business currently operates from two smaller sites and is moving to Symmetry Park, just off Junction 34 of the A1 (M), at Doncaster because of its central location.

It has taken the unit, built speculatively, on a 15 year lease.

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

“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 are 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.”

Symmetry Park developers Tritax Symmetry have planning consent to deliver up to 721,000 sq ft of logistics space on the 54-acre site.

Freddie Oakey, associate development director at the developer, said: “We are pleased to secure such a high-calibre operator for our first speculative unit at Symmetry Park.

“Butternut Box clearly has excellent growth potential for the future and for the brand to select this site for its central manufacturing and distribution hub is testament to the location and excellent facilities that the park offers.”