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Grimshaw Lane Dairy is milking its way to success

Support from bank helps buy new unit for historic business

Andrew Brown with NatWest Relationship Manager Tracey North

A Dairy which as been run by the same family for three generations has purchased new facilities.

Grimshaw Lane Dairy has bought a new unit to base its home delivery services with funding from NatWest. Founded in 1935, the Ormskirk milk distribution business has been run by members of the Brown family since 1952.

In addition to delivering milk daily to 1,600 homes in and around the area, Grimshaw Lane Dairy distributes newspapers as well as other items to its 900 customers.

Company owner Andrew Brown said adapting to meet the needs of customers is part of the business’ success.

He said: “My grandfather took over the business in 1952 from Mr Trudgill who founded the dairy in 1935. My father David joined in 1971 and I joined in 1989.

“I’m lucky because I really enjoy my job. The mornings are early but it’s a healthy job because you are out and about with deliveries and you get to know your customers which is also nice and helps to build loyalty.

“We have adapted over the years as we now deliver newspapers and a variety of other products in addition to milk.”

After leasing the building on New Court Way for several years, the unit became available for purchase and Andrew turned to NatWest Business Manager Tracey North for support.

In the months ahead Grimshaw Lane Dairy is adding an internet business so customers can purchase products online.

Andrew said: “We want to continue to adapt the business and having our own premises will give us more flexibility to do so. We want customers to be able to order milk at night and have it on their doorstep the next day.

“Tracey has been brilliant. We have been working with her for a long time and she understands our business.”

Tracey added: “Grimshaw Lane Dairy is a wonderful family business that is focussed on continual growth and development. We were happy to support their latest project and wish them every success for the future”.

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