A FAMILY business that set up a pop-up butchers shop in the heart of Stalybridge, after being approached by local MP Jonathan Reynolds, has won a national award.
JW Mettrick and Sons has been run by five generations of the Mettrick family for more than 100 years.
Their shop in Glossop has built up such a reputation that it attracts customers from miles around. And in recent months – following an approach by Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds - they have also operated from a stall in Stalybridge.
However the prestigious Countryside Alliance Award was also presented to Mettrick and Sons in recognition of their work in the community – which includes supporting schools with their fundraising, allowing catering students to visit their abattoir and to let primary school children try their hand at making sausages and pies.
When they collected their award in Westminster, on Wednesday (March 13), Mr Reynolds was there to congratulate them. He said: “The Countryside Alliance Awards recognise the those individuals, businesses and organisation who make a real difference to their communities – and the Mettrick family are worthy winners.
“The quality of their meats are well renowned and I have seen people queuing down the street to buy their produce.
“But what truly marks out this business is its determination to support the communities it is a part of.
“Whether it’s allowing students to visit their abattoir, inviting schoolchildren to try their hand at making sausages or playing a real role in their regeneration of their towns – they are making a real difference.
“In Stalybridge, they are working closely alongside the town team to deliver the changes that are needed to ensure the town centre continues to be the focus for the Stalybridge community.”
The Awards – which are nicknamed ‘the Rural Oscars’ – began in 2005 as the Best Rural Retailer competition, with the aim of supporting and promoting rural communities .
Since then the Countryside Alliance Awards have broadened and in addition to retailers they recognise those who have made a contribution away from retail. M
ettrick and Sons were named regional champions in the ‘butcher’ category last year and picked up the national title this week.
The national judging panel included Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner and also includes the Secretary of State for Defra, Owen Paterson MP, celebrated cook, author and countrywoman Clarissa Dickson Wright, member of the Worshipful Company of Butchers, David Lidgate, the Daily Telegraph's Philip Johnston, Farmers Guardian Editor Emma Penny and Hunter Boot's Chris Dewbury.
More information about the award scheme can be found at www.countrysideallianceawards.org.uk
Published 18 March, 2013