Somerset winners at MADE IN THE South West Awards

Congratulations to two award winners from Somerset, and to others who made the shortlist at the annual prestigious ‘Made in the South West’ awards hosted by Insider Media Ltd. The awards were presented in front of the region’s top manufacturing companies assembled at an event on 5th November 2015.

Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year was Wyke Farms, from near Bruton. Wyke Farms is one of the UK’s largest independent cheese producers and milk processors. The company is forging ahead with its mission to be 100 per cent green and now sends up to seven million cubic meters of its upgraded biogas back to the UK grid adding to the annual supply of certified green gas. The judges said that its holistic approach to energy and waste was ‘light years ahead’. This year, the company have also won a host of other national awards including those ofThe Guardian’s Sustainable Business Award ; and the Institute of Grocery Distribution’s Sustainable Futures Award.

The Food and Drink Award went to Taunton’s Ministry of Cake which has created fantastic growth with sales up 32 per cent in the last two years and profits up 10 per cent largely thanks to winning new customers. The judges said Ministry of Cake’s entry stood out demonstrating good growth in the right direction and were particularly impressed with the acquisition of a new site which has become known as Ministry of Pudding. In an average week the Ministry of Cake makes and delivers around 2 million slices of cake for customers ranging from Caffe Nero, YGI Fridays, Hard Rock Café and Makro. Their HQ is at a state of the art 20,000 sq foot bakery facility on the outskirts of Taunton. Congratulations to Chris Ormrod the Managing Director aka ‘The Prime Minister’.

Somerset is home to a huge array of top performing food manufacturers and has the workforce and skills to drive quality across the sector. There are sites available and a workforce available for new businesses to relocate to Somerset and to be part of that success story.