Hilton Smythe welcomes to the market this very well-established and reputable supplier of fresh and frozen legally sourced fully traceable meat, providing an extensive range of products, ranging from bison burgers to zebra steaks, for commercial and private clients based across the UK.
Operating from leasehold premises in Wells, Somerset, the business was founded in 2005 and has been under the ownership of our clients since this time. Throughout its time in operation, the business has provided a consistently high standard of product, maintaining a strong and loyal client base. The owner is now looking towards a very well-earned retirement.
The company is eec Licence approved and holds Oval Health Mark UK8368EC for domestic ungulates, such as beef, pork and lamb, large wild game, all exotic meats, meat preparations, mincing and cold storage.
Ashton Exotic Meats is a producer, importer and supplier of legally sourced exotic meat and game, specialising in a diverse range of meats, including, Bison, Camel, Crocodile, Kangaroo, Ostrich, Venison, Wild boar and Zebra. Meat is purchased within the European union from suppliers based in various countries, and originates from South Africa and usa under eec Approved regulations. Some game meats are purchased from the UK under the same regulations.
All meat is purchased in whole primal muscle form, boneless, chilled and frozen. Once the meat has been imported and received, the business prepares and makes various species of burgers, sausages and pre-portioned steaks. Products are packed and labelled in-house and stored in the licensed on-site cold store ready for sale. Orders are dispatched daily to customers across the UK.
Ashton Exotic Meats currently provides its services for commercial customers in a diverse range of sectors, which include the Meat wholesalers, Catering butchers, Retail butchers and Restaurants. Additionally, the business also offers its extensive range of products to the general public exclusively through its website . The business operates a comprehensive e-commerce website, offering its entire range of products for purchase online. It also provides photography, details and recipes for every product, along with additional information for catering butchers and restaurateurs.
Having established a significant national client base and distribution network, the company is one of the uk’s leading suppliers of exotic meat and offers considerable scope for further expansion, with longer hours, more extensive advertising, business signage and a general desire to move the company to the next level, by employing staff and so on. An internal inspection is a must to appreciate the business and potential on offer.
Ashton Exotic Meats is situated on a purpose built industrial estate, in Westbury Sub Mendip, a small village in Somerset, close to the bigger town of Wells.
Wells is a popular cathedral city, with a population in the 2011 census of 10,506 and is located within a short travelling distance of the M5 for easy access to all areas north and south.
The business is not reliant on its current premises and could be relocated to any location in the UK.
The premises are set within a good-sized unit covering approx. 130sqm, which are fully eec approved and offer a good-sized reception/office, store room which can be accessed via full height roller shutter door, Licensed cold storage area, fully enclosed cutting room, Kitchenette, WC and small changing room.
On the first floor we have an enclosed packaging storage area and further storage.
The business offers an extensive range of specialist equipment to include:-
Torrey 42 mincer/grinder which is only 2 years old,
Formatic burger machine,
Mainca power sausage filler,
Air conditioning unit,
De Rigo chiller which is only around 18 months old,
Twin chamber turbo vac,
Scales and printer scales,
Welly washer and steriliser,
Large scales/barcoder and printer,
5 chest freezers,
Standalone back up fridge,
2 x walk in freezers, one only 4 years old and the other having been completely refurbished Internally around 2 years ago and an
With the benefit of parking for 4 vehicles and 3 phase electricity. An internal inspection is highly recommended.
We are advised that the business is being sold as a leasehold opportunity with a 7 year lease. The rent payable is £6,996 per annum.
The business opens:-
Monday 9:00 a.M. To 4:00 p.M.
Tuesday 9:00 a.M. To 4:00 p.M.
Wednesday 9:00 a.M. To 4:00 p.M.
Thursday 9:00 a.M. To 4:00p.M.
Friday 9:00 a.M. To 12:00 p.M.
(Used to open longer hours before deciding to slow things down).
The business is currently run by the owner only as he has been slowing down towards retirement. It could easily employ 2/3 staff which would very much take it to the next level.
The business turned over £146,290 for the year ending 30th September 2017 with a gross profit of £53,447.
However, these figures were for shorter working hours due to ill health. For the year to 30th September 2016 the business turned over £194,783 with a gross profit of £74,950 and for the previous year it turned over £257,817 with a gross profit of £113,548 which gives a truer reflection of what the business is capable of.
According to the voa website the current rateable value is £6,400 however the business benefits from small business rate relief so only pays £90 per annum at present.