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Tewkesbury's Cotteswold Dairy brings national family business of the year award back to Gloucestershire

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Written by: Gloucester Citizen & Gloucestershire Echo | Posted 22 December 2015 7:25

Tewkesbury's Cotteswold Dairy brings national family business of the year award back to Gloucestershire

Staff at Cotteswold Dairy are celebrating it winning a national award at a prestigious event in London.

The Tewkesbury-based company won the Family Business of the Year award at the Food & Farming Industry Awards held at the House of Commons.

The event, for all food and farming businesses across the UK, was attended by dairy chairman Roger Workman and its managing director, George Workman. The latter received it on behalf of the business.

Roger said: "This is a very great honour and recognition to not only us as a family but to all of our staff, past and present. It is the hard work and commitment of our staff that help keep our business successful."

The judges commented on the fact that the business had supplied British farmed and produced milk since 1938.

They outlined how Harry Workman had borrowed money from his mother to buy a milk round and his descendants were now running a hugely successful dairy that employed more than 300 people.

Award officials described the dairy as being "a phenomenal family business" that they hoped would go on for another 77 years.

They commented on how the business had been founded by Harry and had grown from its humble beginnings. It had adhered to strict quality and service and developed with Roger and then George in charge while still retaining the family's tradition and values.

Roger and George took the award to show Harry, the day after they received it.

Tewkesbury High Street resident Harry, who is 98, said: "It is a real privilege to have been given the award. We have always been so fortunate with the staff we have employed and I feel very proud of all my family."

Dairy bosses said receiving an award at the House of Commons was one of the ultimate accolades a business could receive and was a credit to everyone involved with the company.

It is planning a major redevelopment of its site in Northway Lane over a 15-year period.

Plans to demolish the former Phoenix Bearings premises next to its main site, to create room for a lorry park, were approved in principle by the borough council in September.

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