Wholesale lesson as Doncaster MP visits Batleys depot

Almost three thousand small businesses in and around Doncaster rely on Batleys Cash and Carry for their food and drink supplies, as local MP Rosie Winterton discovered on a visit to the Docking Hill wholesaler last Friday (November 14).

General Manager Tony Hirst and his 65-strong team provide an essential service to independent local businesses including shops, restaurants, cafes and caterers, helping them to stand out from the bigger national chains by providing the perfect choice of products for each business and its customers. They also offer advice to help small, family-run businesses adapt their offer to meet the needs of customers in their neighbourhood. Customers can visit the Chappell Drive depot or have goods delivered to their premises.

Ms Winterton met Batleys staff and local business owners on a tour of the cash and carry, which includes a specialist petfood section and a butchery department. The Doncaster Central MP said: “The Batleys depot in Doncaster is not only an important local employer, it plays a vital role in the local economy and the diversity of our high streets by supporting small independent shops and restaurants. I was delighted to meet them today and hear more about their work.”
She was accompanied by and Paul Woodthorpe, Batleys Regional Controller and James Bielby, Chief Executive of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors.

Bielby said: “All over the country there are wholesalers like this who make sure there is an alternative to large national supermarket and restaurant chains, and Batleys does a great job of working together with Doncaster’s entrepreneurs to ensure that the town has a choice of excellent, locally-owned shops and places to eat. In Yorkshire alone, the sector employs 4,800 people and adds £200 million gross value to the economy every year, playing a vital role in the economic and social health of the region.”

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