Cedarbarn Farm Shop & Cafe crowned ‘Best of British’

A family run North York Moors business have been crowned ‘Best of British’ at a prestigious awards ceremony in London.

Red Ribbon Awards Winners photoPickering based Cedarbarn Farm Shop & Café were crowned winner of the Yorkshire Bank ‘Best of British’ award as part of the seventh annual Red Ribbon Awards which celebrate the achievements of Britain’s finest family-run businesses.

Over 350 family business leaders and entrepreneurs descended upon Wembley Stadium for the ceremony which is hosted by Family Business Place which seek to recognise and honour some of the most exciting, innovative and longstanding family businesses around the UK.

After months of searching and interviewing, 11 family firms were crowned the winners of the UK’s most prestigious family business accolade. With over 3 million family firms in the UK as well as hundreds of entries for the Awards, the winners had to be exceptional.

Of Cedar Barns entry, the judges commented: “For over 100 years this family has grown a strong identity, evolving into an iconic local feature in the Northern community. They are passionate about British, local and home-grown produce and committed to supporting the local community, creating jobs and sourcing local produce in the area from businesses throughout Yorkshire. From a farming background four generations of ‘Avisons’ have built this business into a fresh and tasty showcase of the best British produce.”

Owner Mandy Avison said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have won this award, and honoured to have been in the company of some iconic national businesses such as Walkers Shortbread. We’re also so proud of our daughter Chloe who was also a regional finalist in the ‘One to Watch’ category – particularly as these awards recognise the thing most precious to us: our family as well as our extended family the amazing Cedarbarn team”

“Family businesses are the shining stars of the British economy and the beating heart of our local communities, employing 1 in 3 people” said Amalia Brightley-Gillott, Director of Family Business Place.  “Despite their incredible contribution they are often modest and shy about publicising their achievements and so we founded the Red Ribbon Awards to celebrate them. This year’s winners are national champions who all excel in their field and are true beacons of British commerce.”