Roger Workman, Chairman of Cotteswold Dairy has beaten hundreds of other nominations from different regions around the UK to be named the Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at this years Red Ribbon Awards. These are highest and most prestigious accolade to be awarded to Britains independent, family owned businesses.
Now in their 7th year, the Red Ribbon Awards have become the most sought after prize from family businesses around the country. They recognise and celebrate the contribution of families around the UK. Last year the winner of the life time achievement went to Michel Roux Jr at Le Gavroche.
To have even reached being a finalist was an amazing achievement.
Amalia Brightley-Gillott, Director of the Red Ribbon Awards says, This year, we saw more nominations than ever before. Im always astounded by how many exciting and innovative businesses there are out there driven by the countries business leaders. There are 3 million family firms in the UK and employ 1 in 3 people. These awards are about recognising those businesses, the real engine room of Britains economy.
The event took place at Wembley Stadium on the 15th July in the stunning Bobby Moore Suite. After a canape reception and chance to see the stadium, there was a delicious meal, music. Charity auction and a heart rendering speech by Bob Wilson, OBE. He and his wife run the Willow Foundation Charity after they lost their daughter to Cancer. https://www.willowfoundation.org.uk/
The Family Business Place who organised the awards also spoke of their charity work with African Villages enabling funds to dig for Wells to get clean water, something we all take for granted http://fieldsoflife.org/
After Bob Wilsons speech, there were 10 awards: Best Small Business, New Frontiers, Best Business to work for, One to Watch, Big Heart, Best of British, Apprenticeship Champion, Innovation, Best Family Business and Lifetime Achievement.
Cotteswold Dairy as a business were also thrilled to be shortlisted in the Best of British category but with 14 others in the group, this went to Walkers shortbread in Scotland.
Competition was high and the last award of the evening was Lifetime achievement. Sandy Swindon from RBC (Royal Bank Canada) presented the award giving a wonderful and moving introduction. The judging panel made up of 14 professional advisors and ambassadors commented how Roger showed humility, put others before himself and built up a successful business over the last 50 years. The judges were impressed how Roger had handled the floods of 2007 and how he was the first to bottle organic milk in glass bottles. They were also mentioned all he does for charity. Sandy Swindon said that the cream really does rise to the top. Roger and his family who attended the event with him, were quite blown away. Roger went on stage and did a brilliant off the cuff speech. He was quite taken aback and thanked the audience for this award. He explained in his speech that he was receiving this award on behalf of all the staff because that it was through all the staffs hard work, support and determination that the business has grown to be successful.
We are immensely proud of Roger and his achievement.