Last call for Britain's best

Butchers from across the UK are reminded that this is the last week for them to enter the Butcher's Shop of the Year Awards.

Entries for the awards, which will see butchers battling it out to take home the title of Britain's best shop, close this Friday (15 August).

Ed Bedington, editor of MTJ, said: "Don't miss your chance to enter the UK's premier award for butchers. It's a great opportunity to promote your business and have all your hard work rewarded."

These prestigious MTJ awards recognise excellence in the independent meat retail sector and give butchers the chance to shine on a national scale.

As well as the six regions - Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Midlands & East, North of England and South of England - the categories Farm Shop of The Year, Butcher's Plus and Innovation of the Year are featured again.

Last year's new category, Young Butcher of the Year, will be returning and is designed to highlight and reward the skills of butchers aged 25 and under on August 1, 2008.

Bedington said: "This is a great category to go for and I would urge all butchers to encourage their apprentices and youngsters to enter."

All winners will be announced at a glittering lunch at a new venue this year, the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in London, on 18 November.

This year's awards are being supported by EBLEX, Lucas Ingredients and Food to Go, Bizerba, Weddel Swift and Harmony Farm, the Scotch Butchers Club, the Meat Training Council, Danish Bacon & Meat Council, BPEX and Tican Chilled.

Do not miss out on this year's awards. Get your entries in by 15 August.

For entry forms and further information, please contact Stephanie Smallwood on 01293 610433 or email

For table bookings please contact Elizabeth Ellis on 01293 846 593 or email

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