Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Pasta Maker Amato to Spread out into New HQ ; Amato Food Products on Move to Ex-Bus depotIt Will Give Firm Room to Take on More Staff

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Pasta Maker Amato to Spread out into New HQ ; Amato Food Products on Move to Ex-Bus depotIt Will Give Firm Room to Take on More Staff

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APASTA maker which supplies restaurants, bars and cafes is gearing up for a move to bigger headquarters in Manchester after securing a Pounds 455,000 funding boost.

Amato Food Products has bought the former Arriva North West bus depot in St Andrew's Square near Piccadilly Station so it can meet increased demand.

The firm is investing a total of Pounds 800,000 in the move from a smaller, rented site in North Western Street in Ardwick, which has been its base since 1999.

Amato received a loan from Santander Corporate Banking to facilitate its relocation to the 1.6-acre site. Bob Amato, who founded the Pounds 5m-turnover business in Chorlton in 1993, said the new premises would add capacity, bring greater efficiencies and enable the firm to seize new market opportunities.

It will initially provide 19,000 sqm of space, compared with 12,000 sqm at North Western Street, with scope for further development.

Mr Amato said he expects the move to be completed in the new year.

In addition to making pasta, the business distributes more than 1,500 food products to over 600 trade customers, including Piccolino owner Individual Restaurant Company and independent restaurants, bars, cafes and delicatessens. …

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