Hull based food business Jackson’s Bakery, part of the William Jackson Food Group, were recently presented with a Queen’s Award for their significant contribution to International Trade. East Riding’s Lord-Lieutenant, Elizabeth Susan Cunliffe-Lister visited Jackson’s Bakery to officially present the Queen’s Award for Export, providing staff with a crystal bowl engraved with The Queen’s Award Emblem as a symbol of their success.
The Award champions the UK’s most enterprising, creative and sustainable organisations from all business sectors. To achieve this award, Jackson’s Bakery demonstrated substantial growth in overseas earnings and commercial success to levels that are outstanding in their sector of business. Jackson’s Bakery is the UK’s leading bakery, playing a significant part in the growth of export market, up 25% this year and accounting for £93million industry wide.
The Lord-Lieutenant presented the award to Managing Director Stephen Greenfield at the awards luncheon. As part of her visit, she took a tour of the factory to see firsthand the “magic” behind the award-winning company’s produce and met the team who make it all possible.
Stephen Greenfield, Managing Director of Jackson’s Bakery said: “It is an honour to be presented with this prestigious award. Here at Jackson’s Bakery we believe that the people are the most important factor in creating a successful business. We take pride in our workforce and it’s thanks to their hard work and dedication that we have achieved the high standard of work required for this award.
This is the ‘icing on the cake’ for us, having turned the business around over the past eight years through significant changes and investment we are now quite, what I believe, to be a jewel in the crown for the area and are very proud to represent our region on an international level”.
Jackson’s Bakery has recently undergone a major expansion with new production plants, services and infrastructure in order to create one of the most efficient and modern bread bakeries in Europe. Since 2001 the bakery has gained custom in France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Cyprus, Greece, Spain including the Balearics and Canaries, Luxemburg, Portugal, USA, Lithuania, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Italy, Czech Republic and Hong Kong. Overseas sales have increased by £2.5m since 2003 (a 222 percent increase).
Speaking on behalf of the Queen’s Award, Lord-Lieutenant Elizabeth Susan Cunliffe-Lister added: “Jackson’s Bakery have worked very hard to establish themselves as a business who are focused on the customer and the quality of service they provide. Their factory expansion has opened doors for new foreign custom and has earned them this much sought-after celebrated award.”
Jackson’s Bakery also supply many well known Food Service Distributors and Fast Food Restaurant Chains. As well as bread, the bakery also manufacture customer bespoke products including; Ciabatta, Cheese Fingers, Fruit Toast, and microwaveable and shaped buns e.g. Christmas Trees, Mickey Mouse heads and Shamrocks.
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