London Stock Exchange lists northern Lincolnshire firms among top 1,000 in Britain
Left, Tim Strawson, managing director of Bradbury Group, pictured outside 10 Downing Street; bottom right, Alex Albone, managing director of Pipers Crisps; top right, Richard Arundel, managing director of AKP and top centre, Sarah-Louise Fairburn, brand a
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 18 May 2017
FOUR northern Lincolnshire firms have been listed by the London Stock Exchange as among the 1,000 companies to inspire Britain.
For Scunthorpe-based Bradbury Group, the listing was the fourth year in succession.
And managing director Tim Strawson, who is from the Grimsby-area farming family, celebrated by attending a VIP reception at 10 Downing Street.
Mr Strawson, who employs 200 people and has seen turnover increase from £4.3 million in 2010 to £17 million last year, said: “I am delighted to see Bradbury Group included in the report for a fourth year.
“It’s outstanding to receive recognition for the hard work of all our employees. We will take this achievement and use it to inspire us further, to keep pushing towards becoming a world class steel door manufacturer.”
Also included were the Elsham-based spud-specialists, Pipers Crisps and AKP Potatoes.
The accolade for the local crisp-maker, which employs 77-staff, comes 13 years after the business was started by a consortium of three farmers.
Founder Alex Albone said: “We are delighted that our business has been recognised in this way. It’s not simply an acknowledgement of our outstanding growth since we started in 2004. It recognises the hard work and commitment of the many people who have made this remarkable growth possible – our As well as selling across the UK, Pipers also exports to 32 countries.
AKP completed a £3 million investment around the corner from Pipers in 2012.
It saw new cold storage, headquarters, grading and distribution, as well as six new Mercedes Actros tractor units.
It followed more than a decade's work by Richard Arundel and his Suffolk colleague Bruce Kerr to build up the business that supplies supermarket giant Morrisons and chip manufacturer McCain.
In Alford, LJ Fairburn & Son, supplier of eggs to retailers, was also listed.
In 1951, Fairburns started producing eggs. From an initial purchase of 150 chickens, today the business is led by third generation family directors and is one of the largest egg producers, packers and distributors in the UK.
Sarah Louise Fairburn, brand and sales director at LJ Fairburn, has previously said: “In 2012, our family business experienced a dramatic restructure and transformation.
“Faced with a sink or swim situation we knew change was needed in order for us to survive. We decided to cut out the middle man and began selling our eggs direct to retail.
“For a family team who had never had any retailer experience, this was an extremely courageous move.”