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Nov 30, 2018

Lincolnshire family food firm named Rural Business of the Year

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An Alford-based food company which is one of the UK’s largest egg producers and packers has been named Rural Business of the Year at the annual Amazon Growing Business Awards.

LJ Fairburn & Son was crowned the winner of its category at a showpiece ceremony in London on Wednesday evening (28 November) after competing against companies from across the UK for the top prize.

The Amazon Growing Business Awards, which celebrates 20 years this year, are the UK’s most established and respected recognition of SME and entrepreneurial success. The awards were created by Real Business and backed by the CBI.

Along with LJ Fairburn & Son, 16 other businesses from across the country were recognised for their successes in a range of different categories.

Sarah Louise Fairburn from LJ Fairburn & Son said, “I’m thrilled to be bringing this award back home to Alford. Our team is so dedicated and together we have helped to grow our business into something we can all be really proud of. Being rurally-based is not only crucial to our business, but part of our family heritage, and with the development of technology we are now connected to businesses and customers all over the country. It’s wonderful to be recognised by industry leaders like Amazon, the CBI and Real Business and goes to show that our hard work is definitely getting noticed!”

“A huge congratulations to all the winners and businesses highly commended at this year’s Amazon Growing Business Awards”, said Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon. “Businesses like LJ Fairburn & Son are the lifeblood of the UK economy and a true inspiration to others, so it’s great to see them recognised for their incredible entrepreneurship, creativity and innovative spirit at the awards.”  

“For over two decades the Growing Business Awards have spotted real raw talent and growth potential in businesses of all sizes and helped propel them into the limelight. This year is no exception. The winners are all true leaders in their own right, heading up true growth businesses with limitless potential.” added Praseeda Nair, editorial director, Real Business.

This year’s winning businesses come from a range of industries including design, manufacturing, travel, healthcare and retail. They join a prestigious list of businesses who have gone on to further successes after competing in the Amazon Growing Business Awards. Companies like Revolut, Go Ape, Innocent Drinks, Betfair and Fever-Tree have become household names.

Picture shows left to right: Praseeda Nair, Editorial Director, Real Business; Sarah Louise Fairburn, Brand & Sales Director, LJ Fairburn & Son; Awards Host, Sally Phillips.

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