Blackpool manufacturer makes move to own its base

Booth Dispensers buy HQ. From left Peter Grant, Production Operative at Booth Dispensers, Andy Booth, Relationship Manager at Yorkshire Bank, with Ian Hardman, Head of Yorkshire Bank's Business and Private Banking Centre in Preston, and Phil Elliott, MD of Booth Dispensers
Booth Dispensers buy HQ. From left Peter Grant, Production Operative at Booth Dispensers, Andy Booth, Relationship Manager at Yorkshire Bank, with Ian Hardman, Head of Yorkshire Bank's Business and Private Banking Centre in Preston, and Phil Elliott, MD of Booth Dispensers
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A Blackpool-based business that designs and manufactures equipment for dispensing cold drinks has bought its rented premises with funding from Yorkshire Bank.

Booth Dispensers chose to buy the premises it has rented for nine years to have more control over the running of the building, allowing management to carry out improvements.

The business has seen significant growth in the last year with the workforce increasing by 10 percent and turnover by 15 percent.

The six-figure funding package from Yorkshire Bank brings its total investment in the business to £2m since they began working together in 2009.

The 50-year-old firm employs approximately 110 people from its site in Blackpool and exports to Europe, Australia and the USA.

Phil Elliott, managing director of Booth Dispensers Ltd, joined the business in 1996 as sales manager and moved to his current role in 1999.

In 2000 he led a successful management buyout and believes the firm has significantly changed direction since then.

Phil Elliott said: “Before the MBO, the business predominantly catered to the vending machine sector.

“Afterwards, we started targeting new markets, and now supply equipment to major breweries.

“Our customer base has changed to comprise of about 60 per cent breweries and 40 per cent vending machine businesses.”

Phil expects growth to continue consistently, with turnover forecast to rise by 15-20 per cent over the next 12 months and staff numbers by 10 per cent again.

He added: “Yorkshire Bank has been very supportive of our ambitions, providing a number of facilities to help us reach them.

“We have a very positive relationship with our manager, Andy Nurse, who is always keen to listen to our ideas.”

Andy Nurse, relationship manager at Yorkshire Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Preston, said: “Booth Dispensers is a great example of a local business successfully targeting domestic and international markets, leading to strong growth. Phil went from joining the business in 1996 to owning it just a few years later, and has now steered it to become a major player in the brewery supply chain.”