Surplus food firm sustains success

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Company Shop based in Tankersley is the country’s largest re-distributor of surplus food – it sold 30,000 tonnes to people on low incomes in 2013.

Queen’s Award for Enterprise judges said it was ‘exemplary in tackling the perennial challenge of food waste’ and delivered environmental and social benefits.

The firm, which employs 579, won a sustainable development award – one of only 12 in the country – for helping corporate food producers ‘satisfactorily’ dispose of surpluses which are bought by people on low income or income support at a discount.

Through its Community Shop, established in 2013, it combines low-price food with free advice and training to those who receive income support and live in deprived areas.

Members can get help to apply for higher education, and set up a business or debt management plan.

Meanwhile, President Engineering Group won a Queen’s Award for International Trade for ‘outstanding overseas sales growth over the last three years’.

The company, of President Way, Attercliffe, employs 125 and was established in 2010. It is made up of three business units: Bestobell which makes industrial and marine valves, Conflow which produces safety equipment for the mining industry and Bretby Gammatech which makes monitoring equipment for mining.

The company has a strategy which covers all three companies. Its top five overseas markets reflect its global reach, with China seen as an important market for all three.