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Institute of Meat and Worshipful Company of Butchers Annual Prize-giving is back!

After COVID forced last years event to be cancelled, today the IoM and the WCB were finally able to celebrate and thank some outstanding members of the meat industry at their prestigious Annual Prizegiving in Butchers Hall. Despite some sections being hit hard by COVID 19, the meat industry worked relentlessly throughout the pandemic to serve local communities and the wider British public. It was then a fitting tribute and an honour to welcome a very special guest this year, HRH The Princess Royal, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Butchers and Fellow of the Institute of Meat. Over a hundred guests gathered in the Livery Hall to see apprentices, training providers and employers receive their awards, presented by Her Royal Highness and Keith Fisher (F.Inst.M), Chief Executive of the Institute of Meat. Also presiding over the awards was Margaret Boanas, Master of the Worshipful Company since September 2021 and following in HRH The Princess Royal’s footsteps as one of only three women to have held this post.


In total 12 awards were given. The awards and winners were:



AWARD

SPONSOR

WINNER

Best New Apprentice

Seymour Manufacturing International Ltd

Sarah Porter

Best Retail Butchery

Apprentice

National Craft Butchers

Josh Huitson

Best Independent Retailer Meat Apprentice

Edkins Family and WCB

Robert Darling

Best Multiple Retailer Butchery

Apprentice

IoM

Letitia Redfern

Best Meat Processing

Apprentice

Oakfield (Foods) Ltd

Leon Edwards

Best Abattoir Worker /

Apprentice

ABP Food Group

Ionela Bacioiu

Best Apprentice Showing Management Potential in a Manufacturing Environment

Worshipful Company of Poulters

Sean McGrath

Best Meat Apprentice Showing Real

Management Potential

Jenkins Family and WCB

Austin Howell

Lord Graham Endeavour

Award

Meat Trades Journal

Jonty Larkin

Best Company Training

Scheme

Windsor Food Machinery Ltd

Cooper Foods (Andover) Ltd

Best Meat Training Provider of the Year

WCB

M.E.A.T. (Ipswich) Ltd

Champion Meat Apprentice of the Year

Meat Management Magazine

Austin Howell


The category winners each received a cheque for £250, a framed certificate and a years free membership of the Institute of Meat. The overall winner, ‘Champion Meat Apprentice of the Year’, Austin Howell of Priory Farm Shop, Redhill, Surrey, received a winner’s trophy and certificate, a year’s free membership of the IoM and an additional cash prize of £500. Howell impressed the judges with how quickly he had progressed from being a young apprentice to taking the first step on the management ladder with his employer. Also celebrated on the day was the awarding of seven new Institute of Meat accredited Master Butchers. In the last three decades of the awards less than 60 butchers have been awarded accredited Master Butcher status as the awarding criteria is rigorous and applications are invited only from very experienced and skilful butchers.


The new IoM Master Butchers are:


Marc Murphy (MB.Inst.M) – Dunbia Group

Jason Moore (MB.Inst.M) – Newlyn’s Farm Shop, Hook

Peter Howarth (MB.Inst.M) – Booker Group

Kevin King (MB.Inst.M) – Booker Group

Roy Mason (MB.Inst.M) – Booker Group

Roderick Frew (MB.Inst.M) – Barr’s Butchers, Ballymena

John Mutch (MB.Inst.M) – Cutting Edge Services, Chorley


Master of the Worshipful Company, Margaret Boanas, was also awarded a Fellowship of the Institute of Meat on the day, and Food Hygiene Consultant, Paul Bache MBE, became a Fellow.

Commenting on the day, Fisher said,

‘It’s wonderful to be back and to be able to recognise the achievements of so many talented individuals. It has been an incredibly tough two years, everyone involved in the meat industry has worked harder than ever before. The awards are of course about celebrating success, but the Institute of Meat is also about fellowship. This is especially important in the hard times we’ve had recently and we’re all looking forward to a brighter year ahead, including the happy occasion of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.’


Chairman of the Institute of Meat, Bill Jermey added, ‘I’ve been involved with the prize-giving for many years, but it has never felt more important to acknowledge and reward achievement. These apprentices really stepped up to the plate in unprecedented times. I’m especially delighted that HRH The Princess Royal joined us to congratulate them.’


For more information about the prize-giving, or how to nominate an apprentice please contact Sheryl Horne at the Institute of Meat, info@instituteofmeat.org




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