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Cannon Hall Farm invests 3m in expansion plan
Cannon Hall Farm Shop
The farm shop sells over 20 varities of sausage on the Cannon Hall Estate

Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley is investing £3m to expand its business, creating 80 new jobs.

The farm, which has welcomed visitors since 1989, is hoping to invest in new attractions which include a children's high ropes course, drop slides and a restaurant.

The money has been raised from a bank loan and the sale of matured assets.

Managing Director Robert Nicholson said: "We already employ around 120 staff and I'm confident that will eventually increase to roughly 200 and will hopefully mean we can offer more professional jobs within the range.

"Although we know there are challenges ahead, it's a very exciting time in the history of our business."

The farm is also hoping to build on its award winning butchers by building a new farm shop which will incorporate a new bakery and smoke house. Plans are also in place for a new gift shop, restaurant and farm entrance.

Each year the farm rears over 750 lambs, produces 400 ewes and 800 piglets. However, the farm puts down its success and longevity to the tourist attractions which bring people to the estate:

"Without that we wouldn't be here today," said Mr Nicholson.

"Our brief and aim is to make this the very best farm shop in England."

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