Malton, Yorkshire’s Food Capital, is looking to attract new and existing businesses to the region by creating an artisan food community in the town for local producers.
Acting as an incubator for up-and-coming food entrepreneurs, Malton’s Talbot Yard will provide emerging businesses with newly refurbished premises and a picturesque communal space.
The cluster of six units, located opposite the renowned Talbot Hotel and the James Martin Restaurant, are being fully restored and refurbished with tenant parking spaces also provided.
Tom Naylor-Leyland, the man behind Yorkshire’s Food Capital said: “Talbot Yard is a great place for a business which might have started life as a “kitchen table” enterprise that is looking for bigger premises to allow their business to grow and move to new levels.
“Good food and community go hand-in-hand. By reintroducing quality food and the artisans who make exceptional food to Malton, we’re rediscovering our market town roots and thriving,” says Naylor-Leyland.
“Malton is smack bang in the larder of Yorkshire. Britain’s most productive fishing port is half an hour’s drive away, rare breed farmers are on the rise in the region, and a wealth of producers making everything from Sloe gin, to chocolates and preserves are on the doorstep. Our aim is to develop a community of artisan producers that not only share knowledge and passion, but also other costs like marketing and distribution.”
As part of the commitment to attracting high quality food producers to the town, the Made in Malton initiative has also been launched. The Made in Malton brand/’sign of quality’ can be used as a mark of origin on product packaging, and offers joint marketing opportunities, capable of ‘spreading the word’ to a much wider audience. Talbot Yard tenants can apply to use this logo on their products.
Constructed mainly of red brick and stone under pantile roofing, the units will be ready for tenant fit-out before summer 2014 having been the subject of a £500,000 development which included limecrete floors and upgrading the electricity, gas and water supplies. The pedestrian entrance to Talbot Yard is through the impressive baroque Vanbrugh Arch, leading from Yorkersgate into the yard itself. Talbot Yard’s buildings are all Grade II listed, with consent for use as A1 (retail) and B1 (light industrial).
“With the success of Malton as Yorkshire’s Food Capital, Talbot Yard is the latest project which champions local food and drink producers, marking Malton as a great place to establish a food business,” says Naylor-Leyland.
Further details and brochures are available by contacting the Fitzwilliam (Malton) Estate on 01653 692849 or visiting “www.maltonestate.co.uk”:www.maltonestate.co.uk