Tariq Halal Meats, one of London's largest halal butcher chains, has added a new warehouse and butcher's shop to its operations, with the help of a £1m loan from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

The new Wembley warehouse, which is three times the size of the company's previous facilities, and the Hounslow butcher's shop have created 15 jobs. A butcher's academy at the Wembley site will also be launched later this year to train aspiring halal butchers.

Tariq Shekh, who opened his first warehouse in 2004 and now supplies more than 300 butcher's shops across in London, said: "The progress Tariq Halal Meats has made over the past few years has been phenomenal and we are now one of the leading providers of high-quality halal produce in Greater London.

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