Roosters up for eight awards

Brothers Simon and Nick Mellin are celebrating being announced as finalists in eight awards for their sustainable food business Roaming Roosters.

The 28 and 26 year old siblings have made the shortlist in six national and two regional awards, each one celebrating their Higham-based business built on ‘food that makes you feel good’.

Simon, who this week was interviewed for the Growing Business Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, said: “We enjoyed a lot of regional awards success last year and as our business has developed we felt the time was right to start entering some national ones; and we’re glad we did.”

“Right from the outset, we’ve had a shared vision of bringing real, locally reared food to the masses, and that has remained our focus throughout. Some of these awards reflect our success in this area; the Smarta 100 awards celebrating all things ‘Made in Britain’, the British Farming Awards celebrating our partnerships with farming suppliers, and the Great British Entrepreneur and Lancashire Tourism Awards celebrating our food and drink.

“The others celebrate our successes as young businessmen, which again, is great reward for us as we work extremely hard to keep pushing business ahead, so it’s good to know that our peers think we’re doing a good job.” Simon and Nick have a busy few weeks of interviews and awards events right up to the end of November, when it’s whites off and tuxedos on, ready to find out their fate. Winners for the Smarta 100 Made in Britain award are voted for by the public, so if you would like to support a local business doing well, please place your vote at http://www.smarta.com/smarta100