Business Breakfast: Boroughbridge firm Reed Boardall returns to profit
Last updated Nov 16, 2023
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Marcus Boardall, chief executive of Reed Boardall, with group finance director Sarah Roberts.

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Boroughbridge‘s largest employer has bounced back from losses to record a £5.5 million uplift in profits.

Reed Boardall, the frozen food distribution business based at Roecliffe, saw profits before taxation rise to £1.4m for the year ending March 31, 2023, despite continued pressure on costs.

The previous year, the group, whose customers include many of the UK’s leading food manufacturers and supermarkets, sustained a £4.1m loss it attributed to covid lockdowns, a cyber-attack and spiralling fuel and energy costs.

Marcus Boardall, chief executive of Reed Boardall, said:

“Given global uncertainty as the Ukraine conflict continues, together with ongoing inflation, pressure on our costs has been unrelenting. In such a challenging environment, the group has once again put in a strong performance, based on its longevity, outstanding reputation in the sector and the skills of our highly trained team.”

He added:

“Having already weathered one of the toughest years in our 30-year history, we are pleased that our latest financial results show the strength of the business as we look forward to further growth. The year ahead looks positive as we continue to prove the success of our single site strategy which enables us to provide an efficient and reliable service to our customer.”

Occupying a 55-acre site, Reed Boardall is one of the largest businesses of its kind in the UK. It has a fleet of 200 vehicles operating 24 hours a day, year-round, and delivers 12,000 pallets of frozen food daily to all the UK’s national supermarkets.

£2 Christmas market rail fares to boost Knaresborough traders

Rail firm Northern is to introduce a special £2 ticket to boost visitor numbers to four Christmas markets across Yorkshire, including the one in Knaresborough next month.

The special £2 tickets, which are available to children for just £1, will be available in each direction on services between Leeds and York to Knaresborough from Saturday, December 2 to Sunday, December 3 in support of Knaresborough Christmas Market weekend.

The lower fare will also be available on services between Hull and Scarborough on November 24-26 in support of Scarborough Sparkle, services between Selby and Beverley on December 6-8 in support of the Beverley Festival of Christmas Made in East Yorkshire Markets, and on services between Leeds and Bradford Forster Square to Ilkley on Sunday, December 17 in support of the Real Food Ilkley Christmas Market.

Mark Powles, commercial and customer director at Northern, said:

“We know some of the big cities across our network can get pretty crowded this time of year, so we wanted to do something to encourage people to try an alternative location instead.

“Christmas markets make a huge contribution to the winter economy of local towns and we hope these special £2 tickets encourage more people to ‘go do their thing’ in Scarborough, Knaresborough, Beverley and Ilkley.”

The £2 tickets are only available on Northern services and must be bought three days in advance of travel from the Northern website or app. Tickets can also be bought via telephone on 0344 811 5111.

Knaresborough Business Collective is also organising late night shopping in Knaresborough on December 2 in a further boost to traders.

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