Dunbia head named UK Director of the Year

Dunbia’s group chief executive has been awarded UK Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors.

Jim Dobson, group chief executive of Dunbia, was awarded the title for his industry knowledge and innovative approach to his role.

As well as a 6% increase in sales since 2013, the company was also listed in The Sunday Times Top Track 100 and ranked in the Top 10 companies in Northern Ireland.

Accepting the award, Dobson, who co-founded the company with his brother Jack, said: “It is a great honour to be named UK Director of the Year, but I don’t see this as an individual award. I am accepting this award on behalf of everyone who works in Dunbia – my brother Jack, who has been with me as we’ve grown the company from a small butcher’s shop to what it is today, our management team across the group and every single one of our employees who work tirelessly to make Dunbia a company we can all be rightly proud of.”

Dobson added: “Dunbia’s success is a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisition which has consolidated our operation and put us is a very strong position for the future.

“We are the largest processor of lamb in the UK, handling over 1.7m lambs per year and a further 1.1m cattle and pigs to supply local, national and international markets. The foundation of our success is threefold. It is a combination of long-term business partnerships with some of the UK’s largest retail multiples, a true understanding and respect of and a commitment to our suppliers and a strategic expansion programme which has brought us our ongoing success. We plan to build on these principles to ensure future long-term growth for our company.”

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