Meet the Dabbers Den Winner 2018

With it becoming more important to know where your products are sourced and if they have been locally produced, 2018’s Dabbers Den Winner has been able to embrace this value for her business and brand. We are delighted to announce that the winner of Dabbers Den 2018 is The Weston Biltong Company Ltd.

The Weston Biltong Company was founded by Sheryl and Ryan Walker who began making 3kg of handmade South African dried meats per week for family & friends before establishing the business in 2016. They have since expanded to drying over 500kg of meat for customers across Cheshire, Staffordshire and other parts of the UK!

Our judges were extremely impressed with their presentation delivered by Sheryl and Ryan, demonstrating a strong customer base and high quality product, as well as Sheryl and her family’s hard work showcasing their product at Artisan Markets and Food Festivals across the UK.

Judge Martin Webb, a Partner at Howard Worth, commented “Both Sheryl and Ryan demonstrated to us a business which has been built using enthusiasm, hard work and a product inspired by both British and African cultures. It was refreshing to see a family business continue to grow and we look forward to seeing how their future plans expand the business further.”

On receiving the news of their success Sheryl said: “We are thrilled that the judges saw the potential in our small business and that we are very excited to receive their mentoring over the next twelve months as well as having the extra money to invest into the future of The Weston Biltong Company.”

As first place winners the business will receive a £5,000 cash prize, 12 months accountancy and business mentoring from Howard Worth Accountants, a Business Legal Health check by Poole Alcock Solicitors and a Council Master Class from Cheshire East Council which will help to support and grow the business.

There were also prizes for second and third place. Second place was awarded to Sarah Gilsenan with her business Krafty Kidz, a children’s craft company who offer activity mornings and events in Nantwich, designed to inspire young minds to make, create and have fun. Sarah will receive six months support and mentoring from Howard Worth Accountants and a free legal Business Health check from Poole Alcock Solicitors.

Third place went to Sleepgod Ltd founded by Susan Erlam, who provides luxury products to help people sleep better and increase awareness of mental health issues by improving people’s wellbeing. Susan will receive six months support and mentoring from Howard Worth Accountants and a free legal Business Health Check from Poole Alcock Solicitors.

The ‘Dragons’ Den’ style competition is run in partnership by Howard Worth Chartered Accountants and Poole Alcock Solicitors, with support from NatWest and Cheshire East Council.

Further details for The Weston Biltong Company can be found at their website: https://www.thewestonbiltongcompany.co.uk/

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