Companies celebrate Red Ribbon success

Adam and Jennie Palmer with next generation, Charlie and Ivy.
Adam and Jennie Palmer with next generation, Charlie and Ivy.

Two Yorkshire farmers have been shortlisted for the prestigious Red Ribbon Awards.

Tibthorpe-based The Yorkshire Wagyu Company has been selected to represent the North East as a regional finalist in the Innovation category.

And the husband and wife team behind Thixendale business Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil is also celebrating after being shortlisted in the Best Business To Work For category.

Adam Palmer started the award winning business eight years ago with his wife, Jennie.

Hesaid: “We’re very proud to be one of only two regional finalists representing the North East in this category and to be putting the village of Thixendale on the family business map.

“The Red Ribbon awards are great for smaller businesses like ours as they enable us to compete against much bigger brands. At the end of the day, we’re all family run businesses and face similar challenges, albeit on a different scale.”

Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil was established in 2008 by the Palmers on their family farm in the heart of the Wolds. They produce a range of oils, dressing and mayonnaise using their award winning rapeseed oil, which is made exlusively from home grown and Yorkshire Wolds rape.

The Yorkshire Wagyu Company director Jonathan Shepherd said: “We’re very proud to be shortlisted in the Red Ribbon awards alongside much larger and more established family businesses and we’re really looking forward to the final on Friday 15 July at Wembley Stadium!”

Jonathan Shepherd was recently commended for his grassland management when he won the Yorkshire Grassland Society Kirby Cup and The Yorkshire Wagyu Company are also finalists in the Northern Farmer Awards and the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourist Awards.

Hosted by Family Business Place, the Red Ribbon awards are the UK’s only national awards that recognise the achievements of family-run companies of all size.