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The family-owned business, which trades under the name Dales Dairies and is based at Grassington, Skipton is led by David Oversby, grandson of founder William Oversby.

It produces, processes and sells milk and juices to wholesalers, caterers, supermarkets and regional doorstop sellers across Yorkshire and the North West from its production site at the foot of the Yorkshire Dales. The dairy’s 80-strong team also supplies milk to local schools and NHS hospital trusts.

The company, which chalked up £14.5m in sales in the year to 31 March 2020 said demand soared for doorstop deliveries of its milk during the UK’s three lockdowns. As a result, the team recognised the need to boost production capacity to meet demand and drive growth.

New equipment

The finance package is being used to support the purchase of new equipment, including a glass bottling line and bottle washing machine. As production ramps up in Keighley, Town Head Farm plans to use the original site in Grassington to support the development of new products, including juices, dairy-free alternatives such as oat milk, and own-brand cheeses.

“Dales Dairies is a third-generation family business, and we are always looking for new ways to supply the highest quality products and create local jobs in Yorkshire,”​ said Paul Mason, commercial director at Town Head Farm.

“The pandemic generated huge demand for doorstop deliveries, which looks set to continue, and our expanded site with more efficient equipment gives us the room to grow to meet that demand.

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