PICKING up the plaudits at the Examiner Business Awards has provided a boost for one ambitious Huddersfield firm.
Oakes-based Newsholme Food Group was named Business of the Year in the 2009 competition after impressing judges by its expansion plans and investment in new premises to create more jobs and help meet growing demand for its cooked meats and frozen ready meals.
Company founder Trevor Newsholme and sons John and David were among representatives of the firm to receive the award from Bob Styring, of category sponsor Business Link, at the awards dinner held at the Galpharm Stadium.
John Newsholme, joint managing director, said: “You enter these awards and hope for the best, but you never expect to win. It was an excellent night and although it was nice for the directors to receive the award it was really a team effort.
“There was a real sense of achievement among all the employees after we won the award and we put a colour photograph of the presentation in our brochure which went out to new customers.”
Mr Newsholme said the company had continued to prosper since winning the award, adding: “We will have to see about entering again this year – and perhaps landing the double!”
Newsholme Food Group started in 1950 as T E Newsholme Ltd with a single butcher’s shop – but has grown to become a major player in the market for cooked meats. It has invested more than £5m in its operations, including building a 50,000sq ft extension to its New Hey Road premises.
The group includes the Country Park Foods brand as well as frozen ready meals operations CPS Foods and Oakes Fine Foods. It also has a distribution network to take its products into mainland Europe as well as across the UK.
Newsholme supplies customers including Makro, Heron Frozen Foods, J&S Foods, Leeds Bacon and Batley’s Cash and Carry.
It is also targeting new markets following an appearance in May at the 2010 Food and Drink Expo at Birmingham’s NEC.