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The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2017 – Recognition for our co-operative achievements

Submitted by on April 21, 2017 – 8:09 am2 Comments

We are very proud to announce that we’ve gained the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.

The Queen’s Awards are amongst the most prestigious awards in UK, designed to celebrate the outstanding achievements of British businesses. We’ve been recognized for our strong, continued growth in international sales as well as our co-operative ethos and great employment benefits, such as equal pay for all workers and flexible working.

Our International Sales Team

This recognition couldn’t be more perfectly timed, as 2017 marks our 40th anniversary as a successful worker co-op. So now we have even more reasons to celebrate!


As a worker co-operative, our business decisions are made collectively, and we operate with an ethos of shared responsibility and commitment. We offer worker benefits like a free cooked meal every day, flexible working arrangements and ongoing personal development through multi-skilling. We believe it’s this approach that’s given us the resilience and flexibility to grow our sales internationally to reach new markets.

Stephen Newton, a member of our International Sales Team, says “we’re really thrilled at the amazing growth of our international sales, and that we can make delicious, ethical vegetarian food available to a wider audience than ever. By winning this award we’re proud to show that our worker co-operative, where each member gets equal pay and an equal say in the business, can hold its own against the big players in international trade”.


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  • Gary Edwards says:

    Congratulations on your Queen’s Award win. You guys have great products and ethics – well deserved. All the best from a previous Yorkshire QA export winner. Gary

  • Cosmo Tagliafierro says:

    Congratulations to each and every member of your fabulous organization.
    You folks are pioneering a bold new direction for doing business.
    Please continue and stay strong and profitable and show the rest of the world the proper way to live and work.

    Thank you so very very much and may The Higher Powers keep and bless you for what you all are doing !!!

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