Posted on 7th June 2016
Double success for Ridgeview at the Family Business of the Year Awards
The team at Ridgeview is delighted to announce that they are the winners of the London & South East and the Food & Drink Family Business of the Year Awards for 2016.
Tamara Roberts, CEO of Ridgeview said, “I am absolutely thrilled that Ridgeview won two awards at the Family Business of the Year Awards 2016. To be named Best Family Business for London & South East region and then Best UK Food & Drinks Producer is incredibly overwhelming and a testament to our dedicated and talented team. To our surprise we were even Runner-Up Supreme Champion Family Business of the Year. It is very rewarding that additional votes also came from the public which illustrates their belief in Ridgeview quality wines and the future of English Sparkling Wines in general.”
Three generations of the Roberts family of Ridgeview celebrate their success
The Family Business of the Year Awards are organised by FBU are now in their fourth year, these awards recognise the diversity, strength and depth of family firms across the UK and seek to highlight the contribution that family firms make to the UK economy. Open to family firms of all generations, sizes and sectors, these awards really do recognise some outstanding family firms and really help to put family businesses on the map. Judged by a panel of experts from the world of family business advising together with a group of family business representatives, the awards are well respected and sought after accolades.
As Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of Family Business United (‘FBU’) explains,
“Ridgeview is a relatively young family business compared to some of the other finalists but their passion, drive and dedication as pioneers in their sector shone through against some stiff competition. The judges were impressed with the long term view that the business has taken since its inception, strong family values and growth underpinned by their pioneering attitude, integrity and passion for all things sparkling wine. They represent a great British family firm based that truly deserve all the plaudits that winning this award brings.”
Richard Lane, Partner at Farrer & Co Connell who sponsored the awards added, “We were delighted to sponsor the London & South East Family Business of the Year Award which resulted in a great winner and ambassador for the sector. Ridgeview is a great family firm with a good heritage, strong family values and a bright future.”
“Since their foundation in 1995 they have continued to grow as a business and to develop award winning products and a good export market too. Family values and strong provenance are integral to the brand and they have never lost sight of their family vision which has undoubtedly contributed to their success, a vision created by their founder Mike Roberts who was awarded an MBE for his services to English Wine in 2013. Worthy winners, the last 20 years have been quite a journey for the Roberts family and we look forward to hearing more great things from them in the generations to come.”
The awards process concluded at a Gala Reception and awards ceremony that took place in London at the prestigious May Fair Hotel in London on June 2 where all the winners were crowned.
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