Roosters up for national award

Roaming Roosters has been shortlisted for the Growth Business of the Year at this year’s National Business Awards.

The Higham-based sustainable food business was, until last year, a £50,000-turnover company, yet in under 12 months it has grown to £1.2m turnover with huge growth plans for coming years.

Going up against Amigo Loans and E-Lites they will compete for the prestigious award, with the winner being revealed at the National Business Awards gala dinner held on November 12 in London.

Yvonne Quinn, from the Business Growth Programme, Cranfield School of Management, judge for the category said: "Roaming Roosters has shown real creativity in approaching both B2C and B2B markets. Exemplifying very powerful brand values, its owners have a clear vision of where and how the business can grow and tremendous enthusiasm to do so; very impressive growth and lots of future potential."

Simon Mellin, who owns the business with his brother Nick, said: “This is a fantastic accolade for us, and just seeing some of the household names we are up against for the award demonstrates how tough a task it is to get to this stage.

"We have enjoyed amazing growth over the past 10 months and at just 26 and 24 we have a lot of drive and energy to get us to the next step. We are thrilled to be recognised at national level and look forward to sharing our sustainable ethos with a wider market."

Alex Evans, programme director of the National Business Awards said: “The quality of finalists is outstanding every year – with Britain’s most promising new businesses and most impactful social enterprises recognised alongside top performing SMEs and the most sustainable mid-market and large cap firms.” Finalists were chosen from the hundreds of businesses that entered or were nominated for the titles. They will now prepare to make presentations to expert juries who will decide the category winners.