Jamaican pattie producer Cleone Foods Ltd has retained its Big Tick status, and secured the new Santander Responsible Small Company Award at this year’s Business in the Community’s (BITC) Awards for Excellence, held in Birmingham on Tuesday 12th June.
Following their accreditation in 2009 securing the Impact on Society Awards for Small Companies, similar but not identical to the new award successfully won this year, Cleone retained their reaccreditation, continuing to demonstrate positive community impact.
Wade Lyn, Cleone Foods MD stated: “We are delighted that we have once again been judged worthy to retain our Big Tick accreditation and to have won this award for the second time. It is always reassuring to gain recognition from our peers, with the award reinforcing the importance of the efforts we make to achieve and promote corporate responsibility and that of our sustainable business practices which benefit the local community.”
Launched over twenty years ago, Cleone Foods produces authentic Caribbean patties under the Island Delight brand, and was the first company in the UK to produce an authentic product sold through supermarkets which used only original Jamaican recipes.
The Big Tick award is the first level of award available to entrants of the national Awards for Excellence, which recognises inspirational programmes making a positive impact on the local community, the environment or the wider society, with reaccreditations given to companies which demonstrate continuing positive impact of their award-winning initiative.
Said Wade: “Sourcing from other local independent businesses helps support both the local economy and the community, whilst providing significant cost savings and increased energy and environmental efficiencies. Staying true to their roots is synonymous with Cleone Foods’ ethos of sourcing locally and retaining family friendly policies, facilitating employment of local people with school-aged children, electing to promote from within through staff development and retention as opposed to external recruitment, and pivotal to the firm’s sustained growth.
David Darlaston, Regional Director, Business in the Community West Midlands said: “Cleone Foods is a perfect example of a small company incorporating responsible business in all they say and do. Wade and everyone else at Cleone continue to show great leadership and willingness to genuinely transform their business and the community in which they operate. I am delighted they have won.”
Image details L to R: Cleone Foods MD, Wade Lyn with Stephen Howard, BITC Chief Executive.
About Cleone Foods:
Cleone Foods continue to promote the Caribbean ethos of friendliness, co-operation and community self-support, through its application to modern responsible business practice. A small family business employing 50 staff, Cleone Foods manufactures “Island Delight” branded Jamaican patties, utilising A-Graded BRC Quality Systems and continues to experience consistent growth. With major retailers such as ASDA, Tesco, Morrisons, CO-OP and Sainsbury’s stocking Island Delight, Cleone Foods also supplies foodservice, independent retailers and distributors, and is widely acknowledged as a responsible Midlands business.
The Island Delight pattie range is similar to the traditional Cornish pasty, but with fillings authentically Caribbean – vibrantly hot and spicy with an infusion of the traditional and the exotic, proving a winning formula in the UK’s increasingly multicultural society. In the last year launching more than ten new products, introducing a new jerk chicken patty synonymous with Caribbean cuisine, the new smaller 50g mini patty range perfect for snacks, pick-nicks and party food, and a great way of enjoying the warmth of Caribbean flavour. Also the new flaky pastry 140g patties, with a funky street food feel and in four tasty varieties: chilli beef, spicy vegetable, jerk chicken and curried lamb.
BITC – Business in the Community stands for responsible business. BITC is a business-led charity with a growing membership, from large multinational household names to small local businesses and public sector organisations. www.bitc.org.uk Business in the Community’s Awards for Excellence identify and celebrate companies having a positive impact on the community, environment, marketplace and workplace. Big Tick winners demonstrate significant impact and high quality management of their responsible business practices and can show a positive impact both on society and on the business.