In 1987, Hugh Black Snr sold his family farm and bought a butcher shop in Armadale, West Lothian. Hugh, his wife Mary and sons Craig and Hugh Jnr worked tirelessly to learn the trade and soon established a reputation for excellent products and service. Shops in Lanark and Bathgate followed before the opening of a factory unit in Bathgate to allow more space for production. Hugh Snr passed away in 2002, but Craig and Hugh Jnr continued to expand the business, which now consists of 12 High Street shops, a cutting plant and a 9500sq feet factory employing over 120 local people. In 2017, Castlehill Farm on the outskirts of Lanark was purchased to provide the business with Scotch Lamb with Hugh still buying the best Scotch Assured beef cattle from local livestock markets on a weekly basis.