Offers are invited on this unique opportunity to acquire an independently owned, successful multi-award winning artisan chocolate brand, production premises and online sales platform.
Based in a purpose built manufacturing facility in Wiltshire the company has built an enviable reputation as one of the finest and most ethical artisan chocolate producers in the UK. The business is potentially relocatable with all mobile fixtures and fittings included in the sale. Business owns its machinery outright, providing opportunity for sale & leaseback.
Trading Hours: The business has been run as an owner occupier part time manufacturing business with 24/7 web sales.
Employees: The owner is assisted by 2 part-time staff.
Location: Close to the city of Bath, with main line rail links to London within 15 minutes drive and 20 minutes from the M4
Premises Details: The business trades from a state of the art, modern premises, purpose-built in 2009 to a high standard.
Well presented 1700sq ft premises with reception, staff area, accessible toilet, dedicated food standard production area, goods in and packing area on the ground floor accessed by both front and rear doors plus full height roller door to the front.
The mezzanine first floor comprises office, cooled storage room, packaging storage and order dispatch area.
To the front of the building are 4 numbered car parking spaces, plus shared bike shed
Planning Consent: B2 light industrial. The building is energy efficient and has recently been assessed as EPC 'B' rating, with all electric heat pumps, LED lighting and smart water heating. The company is Net Zero Scope 1 and 2.
12kW of Solar Panels have now been installed on the roof supplying an estimated 2/3 of annual electricity usage and are perfectly matched to chocolate production, where greater cooling is required in the summer.
Lease Terms: New lease to be drawn up on sale. Rent is £11500 per annum, 5 yearly rent review, payable monthly in advance. There is the possibility of buying the premises in the future.
The business is SALSA ( Safe and Local Supplier Approval) audited and accredited. Full HACCP, quality control, traceability and food safety systems are in place with bespoke record design and procedures in all necessary areas. This accreditation enables trading with quality retailers, groups and supermarkets.
There is proven opportunity for a new operator to build on an already hugely successful business with ample scope to maximize its substantial growth potential in the area of “white label” production. Many high end luxury London retailers ( Harrods, Fortnum and Mason, John Lewis) have extended invitations for the business to produce own label goods for them.
This business has 700 registered wholesale customers in the confectionery, gift and retail sectors and maintains strong, long-standing customer relationships with both wholesale and retail.
The business has been continuously profitable since 2014.
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