Q Butchers shine again in 2016 Butcherís Shop of the Year Awards final
Pictured above: Stewart Collins, centre, of S Collins & Son Butchers, with his BSOTY Innovation of the Year award, joined by AHDB’s Mike Richardson, left, and Meat Trades Journal editor Rod Addy.
Q Guild Butchers have again performed with great distinction in the 2016 Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards, run by Meat Trades Journal, with three members notching up a notable hat-trick when crowned champions in their respective regions.
S Collins & Son Butchers in Muirhead, Glasgow, was Scottish Butcher’s Shop of the Year, going on to complete a memorable double when also winning the Innovation of the Year Award for its new, ground-breaking mobile app.
Kirklees Q Butcher J Brindon Addy, which two years ago completed a major £175,000 extension and refurbishment project at its shop in Hade Edge, Holmfirth, was chosen as North of England regional champion.
“This a tremendous accolade, which we feel both fully justifies and rewards the many improvements and the significant investment we have made in the business in recent years.
“Winning this high profile award is a real team effort and all our staff have a share in it. They remain the backbone of the business and our continuing success,” said Brindon Addy, who is immediate past national chairman if the Q Guild.
Multi award-winning Aubrey Allen Butchers in Leamington Spa, who must been one of the most decorated Q Butchers in the entire country, added yet another accolade when chosen as Midlands & East of England Butcher’s Shop of the Year.
Cranstons Food Hall at Orton Grange in Cumbria was selected as Food Hall Butchery Business of the Year. At the helm since the outlet was first launched in December, 2013, has been Peter Potts, who has risen through the ranks at Cranstons since first coming on board as an apprentice butcher.
“Peter and his excellent team have put in a great deal of work at Orton Grange, not only in developing and building the business, but also getting the right products in place. They have done a first-class job,” said Philip Cranston, who is himself a former national chairman of the Q Guild.
Two further Q Butchers – H Coates & Son in Coxhoe, Durham, and Martin Player Butchers in Whitchurch, Cardiff – Martin is the Guild’s regional chairman in Wales – also finished as runners-up in their respective regions.
Winners were announced on November 7 at the presentation ceremony staged at the Banking Hall in the city of London.
Q Guild manager Gordon Newlands said: “Once again, our members have performed with great credit in the Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards, flying the flag not only on behalf of themselves, but also the Q Guild in general. Well done to all.”
Stewart Collins, left, of S Collins & Son Butchers, with the Scottish BSOTY award, joined by Meat Trades Journal editor Rod Addy.
Simon Kelly, centre, of Aubrey Allen Butchers, with the Midlands & East of England BSOTY award, joined by Jason Wilkie, left, of Tican Chilled, and Meat Trades Journal editor Rod Addy.
Peter Potts, left, of Cranstons, with the BSOTY Food Hall Butchery Business of the Year award, joined by Meat Trades Journal editor Rod Addy.
Brindon Addy, left, of J Bindon Addy Butchers, with the North of England BSOTY award, joined by Meat Trades Journal editor Rod Addy.