Business hoping for an awards double

James T. Blakeman and Co Ltd, which is based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, has won its way through to the final stages of the Midlands Family Business Awards for 2018.

Staff are now hoping to make it a “double tops” after recently beating off stiff competition to win the Manufacturer of the Year category at the Staffordshire Chambers’ 2018 Business Awards.

James Morris, Head of Business Development at Blakemans, said: “We are absolutely over the moon to be shortlisted.

“We are very proud of the fact that this is a thriving family business which the Blakemans have built up from scratch to a position where we are now one of the leading producers of sausage and meat products in Europe.

“The family are still at the very core of the business and to be shortlisted for a Family Business Award is very special for them.

“We have all got our fingers crossed now that when the announcement is made later in the year we will be successful although we obviously recognise that competition is going to be very hot indeed.”

Blakemans has been shortlisted in the Manufacturing Excellence category which organisers say received “a high number of excellent nominations.”

The company will now take part in an informal interview with the competition judges on 8 October at Castle Donington near Derby.

Winners and two highly commended businesses will be announced for each category at a black tie event on 22 November.

Mr Morris said: “This year is our 65th anniversary and it is a really special time for the Blakeman family which has seen the business grow from humble beginnings to a hugely successful business.

“Company founder James Blakeman, his son Philip and daughter Susan, are all still key players in driving our business forward and for their efforts to be recognised in this shortlisting for the Family Business Awards is the icing on the cake for our birthday celebrations.”

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