Wake Smith package lease for expanding Yorkshire Crisps

Pictured are Tom Weightman, Ashley Turner and Tim Wheatley

Yorkshire Crisps is laying more roots in the county by expanding its premises with the help of Wake Smith Solicitors.

The luxury hand cooked crisps and popcorn maker has renewed its lease and acquired another unit at Waleswood Industrial Estate – meaning the company now occupies four units on the popular business park between Sheffield and Rotherham.

The company, founded in 2005 by businessman and part-time farmer Ashley Turner, produces its award-winning produce using a small, dedicated team using the finest local ingredients for a local, national and international market.

Yorkshire Crisps has taken a five year lease on its existing three units and a new five lease on an adjacent 3,334 sq ft unit – totalling 14,060 square feet of manufacturing, storage and office space.

Solicitors Wake Smith advised on the lease for Yorkshire Crisps for the new premises.

Yorkshire Crisps director Ashley Turner said: “This location really works for us. 

“We pride ourselves on local connections – our crisps are made from carefully selected potatoes that are grown by local farmers on the chalky soils of the Yorkshire Wolds and we source all our packaging from Yorkshire suppliers. That means we have to be easily accessible for our suppliers and our employees.”

In 2017 sales of Yorkshire Crisps’ gourmet products, which have won Best Snack in the Caterer and Hotelkeeper Awards for Excellence Awards and Gold Great Taste Awards, grew with an increase in turnover of 28% to £2.1 million.

As well as its online shop, Yorkshire Crisps supplies farm shops, delis, coffee shops, sandwich bars, pubs, wine bars, theatres and many independent retailers.

Its products are also available in some larger multiple retail stores in the Yorkshire region as well as John Lewis food halls, Hotel du Vin and Malmaison Hotels, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End theatres and Delfont Mackintosh, Nimax and Ambassador Theatre groups.

The company also supplies hamper manufacturers including Lanchester Wines and Gifts, Spicers of Hythe, Simply Thank You, Highland Fayre, Virginia Heywood, Tordoff Wines and Gifts and ClearWater Hampers and exports worldwide to Europe and countries further afield including Russia, Hong Kong, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates.

Tom Weightman, solicitor in Wake Smith’s commercial property division, said: “We were really pleased to be able to advise on the lease requirements.

“We are delighted to have helped this popular independent business maintain its Yorkshire roots and expand in their existing location. We wish them the best of luck for the future.”


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