After experiencing “consecutive years of growth” Bon Bon’s is relocating to Moorside Business Park in Tockwith, the company announced recently. The company was purchased by Lanchester Wines in 2017, and in 2019 Bon Bon’s purchased hf Chocolates.
The business has seen exponential expansion, it reported, with hf Chocolates increasing by 40% since its acquisition, with its current location at Thorpe Arch in Wetherby.
The Moorside site is more than double the footprint of its current premises, which will provide the company with room to grow. It will also bring Bon Bon’s and hf Chocolate operations under one roof, to further increase efficiencies.
“This move highlights a significant period in Bon Bon’s growth. We have aggressive expansion plans which simply weren’t possible due to space constraints at our previous site,” explained Steve Campbell, Managing Director at Bon Bon’s. “At the same time, it was important to maintain our Yorkshire roots as most of our staff live within ten miles of our facility.”
The building has been renovated in preparation for Bon Bon’s move, as the company has invested UK£1 million in its fabric and infrastructure. A new roof has been fitted with 100kW monocrystalline solar panels which should generate 80,000kW of electricity per year. The roof also has additional 300mm of insulation to protect the thermal efficiency of the building as it is heated by a biomass boiler.
“Our investment in this building has been significant – we’re here for the long term. We plan to grow the building as we grow the business with plans already in place to increase our solar panels,” added Mr Campbell. “100kW is the largest array the current grid connection could take; given the roof is big enough for about 600kW, we hope to be able to expand this when possible while continuing to seek out further ways to lessen our business’ impact on the environment.”
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