Dingwall Butchers boost operations with loan from Royal Bank of Scotland

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A family-owned butcher’s shop in Dingwall will mark its centenary (2022) with ambitious growth plans thanks to £ 1million funding from the Royal Bank of Scotland.

John M Munro Ltd was established almost a century ago and its 75 employees distribute its fresh, quality meat throughout Scotland. Today, a fifth generation of the Munro family manages six stores, a slaughterhouse and a cutting plant.

Now, with loans of £ 1million guaranteed by the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Highland company will begin a refurbishment project which includes a further extension of its premises, a car park and a factory. This upgrade will allow John M Munro Ltd to meet new and changing customer tastes and demands.

Managing Director Charlie Munro, whose great-grandfather started the business in 1922, said: “As our customer base in Scotland’s central belt continued to grow, we decided to completely revamp the layout. of the existing building to allow us to streamline loading and order picking.

“There is now a greater customer demand for boneless beef and the modernization of our facilities means that we will have enough space to provide a larger boning service at Dingwall.

“Throughout COVID, we have seen street butchers start to win back some of the customers initially lost to large supermarkets. With people obeying the house lock rules, many have discovered a love for cooking and buying the freshest and best ingredients. With the financial support of the Royal Bank of Scotland, we can continue to serve our loyal customers and hopefully attract new ones. ”

Lindsay Smith, Relationship Manager at Royal Bank of Scotland in Inverness, said: “It has been a real pleasure to work with this long-established family business which has done business with Royal Bank of Scotland for many years and to support them with the necessary funding. . We wish Charlie and the team every success for the future and look forward to hearing how the redevelopment progresses. ”

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