Award accolade for Roosters' Simon Mellin

A Pendle entrepreneur is to be announced as one of the Future 50 Young Social Entrepreneurs of the Year during a reception hosted by Ernst & Young and organised by Striding Out CIC.

Simon Mellin, 26, is co-owner of Roaming Roosters, alongside his brother, Nick, 24, and it is his role to ensure the strategic development of the business as it continues to thrive and diversify.

The Future 50 Awards, to be held on May 23, puts the spotlight on young entrepreneurs aged 20 to 35 who are demonstrating entrepreneurial flair and innovation in running a responsible business venture; one which demonstrates a balance between economic, environmental and social goals to achieve ultimate business success.

Roaming Roosters is a business built on around sustainability, and remains true to its roots, despite rapid growth over the last six months.

Simon said: “The Roaming Roosters business was born from a strong family heritage in traditional farming and butchery and it is this ethos which has captured the hearts of our customers UK-wide.

“We have an expansive online customer base and this, coupled with loyal shoppers and diners at our farm shop, Olde Spot Bistro and Hayloft Coffee Room in Higham, has helped up spread our sustainable message near and far, and this is just the beginning. “We recently opened a new education centre in order to share our knowledge with the younger generations, in that hope that they will grow up understanding the values of real meat from the farm.”