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Well-Established Ice-Cream Manufacturing Business in Buckie

Buckie, Moray, Scotland

  • Price: £150,000
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Seller Reference: Simpsons
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Seller Reference: Simpsons
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  • Successful luxury ice-cream manufacturing business located in the historic fishing town of Buckie on the Moray coast.

  • Substantial leased property extending to about 538m2 with a warehouse facility and pristine manufacturing outlet plus two owned units providing an office and a staff unit.

  • Year-round operation, this easy to operate business generates sound adjusted net profits with further trading potential and product expansion.

  • The business has a modern array of equipment and facilities and is classed as a walk-in proposition; new to industry owners will be provided with the necessary training.

  • Parking to the front plus spacious yard area with additional storage units.

Simpsons Buckie Ltd is a luxury ice cream manufacturing business located in Buckie. The business centres around the hand-made production of high-end products for delivery to a diverse and comprehensive list of customers from around the North East of Scotland. This family run operation has been manufacturing award winning ice cream since 1995 and is a well-established business. Simpsons Buckie are also SALSA accredited, this reinforces they are a quality producer. The trading entity is supremely well set up within a leased yard and building with ample space for expansion should new owners wish to take the business to the next level either via a more encompassing sales drive or a diversification of products to hit the more mainstream market; or indeed a combination of the two strategies.

The prestigious business is situated in an easy to locate business park. The business premises occupy two units under one rental from Moray Council. No 7 is essentially a warehouse which offers ample space to store the range of packaging and products needed. No 8 has been developed into a modern food production facility where the bespoke ice creams etc. are made to the family's unique recipes. The trading elements also include two mobile units which act as an office and a staff facility. The business also has a range of ambient, refrigerated and frozen storage units plus a delivery van. A second delivery van is available by separate negotiation.

In every respect, the business is presented in excellent condition with the vendors continually developing the physical aspects throughout their tenure. The current owners will be happy to provide new operators with a comprehensive handover and training period where necessary. The property is being sold as a 'turn-key' operation with excellent fixtures and fittings included in the price. This is truly a must view property for either someone looking to start their first business venture or an experienced operator looking to expand their trading portfolio.

This successful and sustainable business opportunity benefits from an established customer base. The products on offer present a flexible range of ice creams, sorbets and frozen yoghurts, with an extensive availability of flavours. Due to the small batch nature of the production, bespoke flavours can be made to order which is a highly desirable quality when providing services to high-end hotels and restaurants. The base recipe for the luxury ice cream is unique to Simpsons and provides a luxurious product which is highly sought after by discerning end-users. The business provides a delivery service to customers using their own vehicle which is included in the sale. A second delivery van is available by separate negotiation.

Notwithstanding Covid, the business trades to a consistently high level of profitability. Trading with a small team of dedicated staff which fluctuates with seasonal variances, this easy to operate business has a tremendous reputation which ensures much repeat business and a growing customer list. Sales are also generated through personal recommendations, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter and also the business website ( Simpsons Buckie are SALSA accredited, this reinforces they are a quality producer.

The business would ideally suit an energetic couple or extended family looking for a hands-on self-employment opportunity, who could bring their flair and energy to drive the business to the next level. Such new proprietors would be provided with extensive training to ease their transition into this sector. However, there is little doubt that the business would be attractive to an existing food production business looking to expand and grow their product range into the luxury ice cream market. This is a low-cost business opportunity with tremendous development potential.

The business is based in Buckie but serves the whole of the North of Scotland and the Highlands. The facilities are based on an industrial unit on the outskirts of the town. The bustling town of Buckie sits on the Moray Firth and has a working harbour, named after the old harbour (Buckpool Harbour) which is no longer in use but has been turned into a pleasant recreational area. The coastal town of Buckie has an excellent range of local amenities including a variety of shops, supermarkets, a swimming pool and fitness centre and both primary and secondary schooling. Slightly further afield, Fochabers (about 8 miles) provides additional daily amenities and the highly regarded Milne's Primary and High School, whilst the city of Elgin (about 16 miles) has a wider range of facilities.

Moray which includes the historic county of Banff is renowned as being one of the sunniest and driest counties in the country and offers a wide range of excellent places to stay, eat and shop. The local area is famed for its breath-taking scenery, long sandy beaches, wildlife and offers wonderful leisure and recreational opportunities. There are many golf courses accessible within a short drive of Buckie whilst the county also offers superb Salmon and Trout fishing including the highly acclaimed Rivers Spey and Deveron nearby. Ornithologists and naturalists are not short of interests here including bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth. The scenic north east coast has always been a popular tourist destination whether as a convenient base to explore numerous distilleries or to visit archaeological sites and historic castles. A popular tourist area, local attractions also include 'The Whisky Trail', Duff House and Museum in Banff. Royal Deeside is about 1 hour's drive away. The historic city of Elgin provides a comprehensive range of shops and amenities whilst the surrounding area offers some excellent hotels, restaurants and historic local attractions. Aberdeen International Airport is about 59 miles and Inverness Airport is 48 miles distant, both offering regular domestic and international flights. Aberdeen is 61 miles away and Inverness is 55 miles, both offering a wide range of amenities including excellent shopping facilities and a superb choice of restaurants, galleries, clubs and theatres.

The present owners have owned and operated the business since 1995 and enjoyed a rewarding and profitable lifestyle at the helm of this successful venture. It is their planned retirement that brings this highly desirable proposition onto the market.

The whole site has a substantial footprint extending to around 538m2. The industrial units are of modern steel frame construction with concrete floors. These two semi-detached units, form a single wholly detached operation under one Fully Repairing and Insuring (FRI) lease. The contents of the buildings including all fixtures and fittings belong to the vendors. The units are configured as follows:

No 7 (Unit One). This warehouse presents racking along one wall which extends 3 stories high offering ample storage for the business needs plus some redundancy. Vehicular access is permissible via a manual up-and-over door. There is pedestrian access from the rear aspects with a fire door to the front of the building. Internally the building has a staff washroom, a laundry / utility area, sink area and a walk-in freezer storage unit.

No 8 (Unit Two). Access to this unit is also from the rear aspects which leads into a corridor where there is a small changing area to the right. To the left is a well-appointed and fully disabled washroom. A stable door leads to the ice cream production area which is fully lined with hygienic wall panelling and is ergonomically laid out. Deliveries are received through the front aspects which also has an electric up-and-over door. Chilled items are stored in a fridge which has an in and out door leading directly to the food production room. In addition to the walk-in chiller, there is a walk-in freezer. The production area is well-appointed with stainless steel work-stations, 3 110-litre pasteurisers, 2 ice cream batch makers plus 2 blast freezers. Set to one side is the appliance wash area. This unit has a number of smaller appliances. A pull-down ladder leads to a floored loft area which is ideal for storage.

There are two cabins which wholly belong to the vendors, also included in the sale;

Office (Cabin 1). This reception unit, is a fully fitted out office with the necessary equipment to form 3 workstations. The unit is attractively furnished and is well-appointed. The door and windows have security shutters.

Staff Facilities (Cabin 2). Set to two changing cubicles with lockers, the unit provides on-site catering facilities for staff use, plus there is a further office with two workstations.

Key Assets.The business is presented with a full range of equipment for which to produce luxury ice cream. The sale also includes a vehicles used to undertake deliveries. A second vehicle is available by separate negotiation. In addition to the aforementioned freezers, there are also 2 twenty-foot insulated freezer containers within the yard which are also included in the sale.

The trading property has a substantial footprint extending to about 538m2. There is a concrete yard set around the main building where there are two portacabin units; one is used as an office and the other a staff facility. There are 2 twenty-foot freezer containers, an eight-foot freezer unit plus 2 sheds, one for general use and the other for recycling. The site is fully enclosed with high security fencing and lockable gates at either side of the main structure. The compound allows for secure parking of vehicles. There is off-road parking to the front of the building.

The business benefits from 3-phase electricity, water and drainage. Hot water to the site is provided by a Megaflow system. The unit is fully fire compliant and meets the stringent food production environmental health requirements. The site has CCTV and security lighting, covering all external areas.

Offers Over £150,000 are invited for the assignation of the leasehold interest of the property and the acquisition of the assets, fixtures and fittings as outlined, complete with goodwill and intellectual property. Stock will be transferred at cost valuation.

The Landlord is Moray Council. The extant Fully Repairing and Insuring (FRI) lease was issued on 16th September 2016 and operates for a period of 10 Years, with a termination date of 15th September 2026. The last rent was reset on 16th September 2019 at £13,500 and is reviewed every 3 years. A copy of the lease will be made available to interested parties post viewing.
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