Butcher's Shop of the Year winner revealed

Simpsons Butchers, based in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, was announced as the overall winner of Meat Trades Journal’s Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards 2015, after successfully securing the Midlands & East of England regional title for the second year running. 

Speaking of his victory, Gary Simpson from the award-winning butchers told Meat Trades Journal that his success was a “great morale booster for all the staff”.

“It’s just a fantastic feeling for myself for all the hard work I put in, and every member of staff and family and friends who have been behind me to support everything,” he said.

“They’re only a phone call away, which is for me the best sort of support I can get. So it’s a great award for everybody involved in Simpsons butchers.”

Simpson added that the recognition would significantly help the independent butcher’s business, with TV advertising and radio slots in the pipeline.

Rod Addy, editor of Meat Trades Journal, praised all the butchers who took part in this year’s competition: “It’s so inspiring to witness the wealth of established and emerging talent in the butchery industry gathered for these awards,” he said.

“Congratulations to all the finalists, regional and national award winners, all of whom are at the top of their game, but only one can claim the overall title of Butcher’s Shops of the Year and Simpsons Butchers, a previous regional winner, was a worthy champion.”

Winners list:

Butcher’s Shop of the Year
Simpsons Butchers

Midlands & East of England Butcher’s Shop of the Year
Simpsons Butchers

Scottish Butcher’s Shop of the Year
Boghall Butchers

Northern Irish Butcher’s Shop of the Year
O’Doherty’s Butchers

North England Butcher’s Shop of the Year
E W. Edge and Son

South England Butcher’s Shop of the Year
Walter Rose & Son

Welsh Butcher’s Shop of the Year
Rogers & Son

Farm Shop of the Year
Taylors Farm Shop

Halal Butcher’s Shop of the Year
Tariq Halal

New Butchery Business of the Year
Brace of Butchers

Young Butcher of the Year
Lisa Finnigan – Davidsons Specialist Butchers

Innovation of the Year
The Butcher’s Quarter

>> Find out more about the Butchers' Shop of the Year Awards

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