Joe Black coffee to take on more staff amid rising customer demand

Bootle-based business roasts batches of high-quality coffee beans from across the world before sending supplies to restaurants and coffee shops all over the North West. Tony McDonough reports

Joe Black Coffee
Jackie Knox, managing director of Joe Black Coffee

 

Merseyside coffee supplier Joe Black Coffee says it will be creating new jobs in the next few months as it reported a 19% rise in sales to independent outlets.

The company roasts batches of high-quality coffee beans from across the world at its Bootle base before sending supplies to restaurants and coffee shops all over the North West.

Current managing director Jackie Knox took over the business from the previous owners in May 2018 and has overseen significant growth and says the business is planning to introduce a new paperless ordering service to cater for its expanding client list.

Joe Black works with a number of high-profile brands across a number of sectors including leisure and hospitality, education and commercial with names such as Suites Hotel & Spa, Knowsley Hall, Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool Cathedral and gift retailer Getting Personal.

Ms Knox said the business was predicting a 17% increase in turnover this year, adding: “In order to accommodate for our continuing developments we are planning to expand our team in the coming months to support administrative processes and enhance the training arm of the business.

“We currently provide on and offsite barista training to 35 clients each month and we’re looking to double this figure by 2020.

“During this first quarter, we’ve welcomed back a large number of clients across Merseyside, Cheshire, Manchester and North Wales from varying sectors whilst sales from independent consumers is up by 19%

“Our ethos at Joe Black Coffee is to produce the very best quality coffee with our blends all roasted in-house using traditional methods to ensure consistency. We seek out the highest quality teas from around the world and are seeing a real trend for speciality teas with a sales increase of 21%.”

Joe Black is ready to launch its paperless service in the coming months following further investment, which will enable the business to work more effectively and sustainably. The system will enable orders to be placed and processed without traditional paperwork. 

The company also operates Bellews Water, servicing offices across the North West with exceptional demand for its range of coolers and workplace water supplies.

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