Manufacturer Secures 3 5m Investment



Manufacturer secures 3.5m investment
22nd June 2017

By Karen Pickwick

Dodson & Horrell is increasing its productivity and turnover through investment in modernising its plant and machinery and plans to double its canine business over the next five years.

The Northamptonshire-based family business, established in 1939, currently employs more than 200 people and manufactures and distributes feed for horses, working dogs and pets in the UK. It also exports to more than 44 countries.

The management team says it is seeking to enhance the efficiency of its production processes and develop a ‘more unified’ factory and distribution centre.

The £3.5m investment has been put in place to enable Dodson & Horrell to invest in the automation of the manufacturing process. New machines – to drive innovation in packaging, product flavour and texture – will help to improve productivity and open the business to new markets.

Previously working across two sites near Kettering, on completion of the project, the company will operate solely from the head office site at Kettering Road, Islip. The increased warehouse space will accommodate the increased volume of products needed to meet demand from its customers.

As a result of this, Dodson & Horrell is set to double its canine business in the next five years.

Sam Horrell, CEO at Dodson & Horrell, said: “The funding we’ve received from Lloyds Bank will allow us to continue to build on an already solid foundation, growing our brands as well as offering new customers more choice when it comes to animal nutrition.

“We’re continually looking at ways we can improve the range we offer and the service we provide to our customers, and we now have the ability to amplify this on a scale like never before.”