In this second year of the Western Daily Press Food and Farming Awards, which celebrate the best of farming and food production in the West Country, Cotteswold Dairy were delighted to be shortlisted in two categories; the Food and Drink Business of the Year category and Harry Workman who founded the dairy in 1938 was nominated for Outstanding Contribution to Farming. Harry sadly passed away in January of this year but it seemed the local population wanted to see him recognised for what he and his family have achieved.
We are delighted to announce that Harry won in the Outstanding Contribution to Farming category. Roger Workman, Harrys son and Chairman of Cotteswold Dairy, went to collect the award on Harrys behalf and commented; 'Its such a shame my father isnt here this evening to know that he would been recognised for such a prestigious award. My father would have been delighted not just for himself but for all the staff and farmers that have worked with the Workman family past and present. At the end of last year we won Family Business of the Year award at the Houses of Parliament which my father said was the icing on the cake, but this is really the cream of the crop.
Harrys family members remain pivotal to the success and development of Cotteswold Dairy and are guardians of Harrys legacy. Collecting the award alongside Roger, were three of Harrys grandchildren, George is now at the helm as Managing Director, whilst Louise and Roseanne are Customer Development Manager and Marketing Manager respectively.
George commented; It is a real privilege to be able to carry on the business that my grandfather began. We are all incredibly proud of where it started and we hope the business will continue to grow and serve the community around us.
The dairy were runners up in the Food and Drink Provider of the Year category, narrowly missing out to the excellent Cotswold Gold. Judge Steve Ashworth commented that it was 'so close' between the two. Cotteswold Dairy would like to pass on our hearty congratulations to Charlie Beldam and his team at Cotswold Gold, as well as all the other worthy winners and nominees.
The black tie ceremony was a fantastic evening celebrating food, farming and drink with a great atmosphere. Hosts for the evening, held at the Marriott hotel in Bristol, were Tom Herbert from Hobbs House Bakery and Rob Stokes, the editor of the Western Daily Press.