Whipping up expansion at ice-cream firm

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An ice-cream company hailing from Leeds is playing it cool as it lands a six figure investment from a global bank to help it whip up more produce and staff.

Since launching its first ice cream from a vintage van at Leeds Trinity Kitchen in 2014, Northern Bl°c has rapidly grown into one of the most innovative ice cream firms in the country.

And it is now developing a melting pot of a business plan thanks to the funding from Santander Business Banking.

It will enable Northern Bl°c to continue with its rapid growth, increase its workforce and invest in new flavours and product varieties.

In an indication of the firm’s optimism, the company is expecting a five-fold increase in revenue over the next year.

Josh Lee, director, said: “Innovation is at the heart of Northern Bl°c, and experimenting with new flavours and products is key to our growth and development. “The funding from Santander has enabled us to invest for growth, and acquire the talent needed to make our ambitious plans a reality.”

The company has made a name for itself with its all-natural ice creams in a range of unique flavours such as Raspberry and Sorrel, Strawberry and Black Pepper, Chocolate and Sea Salt and Hazelnut and Tonka Bean which are stocked in Lord’s Cricket ground, Co-op and Waitrose stores around the UK as well as Whitelocks pub in Leeds and the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

The product is manufactured in Leeds after getting milk delivered from a local farm. Within 12 hours of arriving that has been turned into ice-cream.