A thriving pork producer has marked a successful start to the decade by scooping a prestigious award.
Since 2010, Bowland Pork Beef & Lamb Ltd has increased its turnover by 35 per cent and doubled its workforce to 10 staff.
The family firm, which is based at Southmire Farm, Lowgill, has also splashed out £250,000 on a new state of the art cutting plant.
And it has capped its growth spurt by winning in the Taste of Excellence category at the national Pig and Poultry Awards.
It won the award for its stuffed pork fillet at a ceremony in London earlier this month.
The firm, which supplies clients ranging from Wray Post Office to supermarket giants Asda and Morrisons, began life in the late 1990s when Antony Holland-Parr and his son Ben began rearing a few pigs and selling them to a local abattoir.
After the 2001 foot and mouth crisis the family decided to produce pork products themselves for family and friends under the name Trotters Independent Traders.
Aleisha said: “I remember packaging meat on the kitchen table after my dad and brother had cut it up.
“To continue to grow the business and to prevent mum filing for a divorce we then converted a farm building into a small meat processing plant equipped with a walk-in fridge.
“The name was changed to Bowland Pork Ltd and we have come a long way since then.”
The firm now has around 50 pigs and the same number of cows, plus 100 breeding sheep.
Antony’s wife Margaret and Aleisha’s husband Phil Parr are also involved in running the operation.
It recently secured Safe and Local Supplier Approval and invested in three hog roasting machines which it hires out for occasions like weddings.
Prince Charles was among the luminaries who tested out the hog roast at a House of Commons tasting event.
Aleisha added: “All the recent investment has helped us to further increase our customer base and the new plant gave us the Food Standards Agency accreditation needed to supply the larger retailers.
“This latest award will also get our name out there and hopefully enable us to continue to grow.”