Food training consultancy Verner Wheelock based in Skipton, North Yorkshire, is expanding its business significantly after acquiring Keith Stamp Social Auditing (KSSA) from Keith Stamp.

Verner Wheelock claims it has seen the ethical auditing side of its business grow over the past couple of years. To build on this success it has now purchased ethical trade auditing company KSSA.

Established in 1998, KSSA is an ethical trading and social compliance specialist experienced in corporate social responsibility, human resources and health and safety management.

The company has nearly 20 years’ experience conducting SMETA ethical trade audits and has worked with retailers throughout their supply chains. Typical businesses audited include growers and packers of produce, bakeries, meat plants, fisheries and food processors.

Verner Wheelock MD, Alison Wheelock said: “We have worked in tandem with KSSA for several years, so when Keith announced he would like to take a step back, it seemed the ideal opportunity. For the past two years we have provided an audit management service for KSSA ethical audits.

“We can assure current KSSA customers that we will continue to provide the high standard of service and professionalism that they have come to expect, and look forward to continued long-term relationships with them. We are delighted that Keith Stamp will continue to work with Verner Wheelock as a consultant and ethical auditor. He has a wealth of knowledge and we value his input greatly.”