Designed to celebrate the country’s most exceptional franchisors, the British Franchising Association’s annual awards counted an organic farm on its shortlist this year. National vegbox scheme Riverford delivers across most of England and South Wales through a network of franchisees, known as ‘vegmen and vegladies’, who know and support their customers in the use of their fruit, veg, dairy and farm shop items.
“We were impressed by Riverford’s thorough, eight-stage recruitment process. Prospects must know the company’s ethos as well as their products,” said the BFA judges report. “Offering full disclosure, Riverford staff and the whole network are made available to help prospects with information like business planning templates and P&L forecasts. The process is robust. And the result is that they haven’t had a business failure in 15 years’ franchising – confirmation that their approach works.”
It is the first time that Riverford have been nominated for this award, and the team are understandably delighted. Riverford’s Franchise Services Manager Nicky Morgan says, “Riverford takes pride in working with franchisees who mirror our ‘good food, good farming, good business’ ethos. We have refined our recruitment process to ensure that the right people are selected based on their business acumen, personal qualities and a genuine desire to work towards a common goal in what is essentially a fairly niche market. It is a huge accolade to have had this process recognised by the BFA in our recent nomination as finalist in the Franchisee Recruitment category of the 2014 Franchisor Awards.”
The awards were held at a black-tie gala dinner at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire.
Hooray! We’re massively excited to tell you that we’ve won an RSPCA Good Business Award! Best Independent Retailer in the Food category.
The award was presented at a ceremony held at London’s One Marylebone, alongside accolades for pubs, restaurants, caterers, supermarkets and fashion businesses who are going the extra mile for animal welfare.
Guy Watson, Riverford founder said, “We are genuinely thrilled to have won this award, as it highlights the lengths we go to ensure that the meat, milk and eggs we sell are as ethically produced as the veg we grow. We want to make it as simple as possible for people to buy good food that is produced with respect, by making information about the journey it has made to their plate as available and as transparent as possible. Gaining recognition of this from the RSPCA will help us enormously in spreading the word about what we do, so we’re delighted.”
Here’s a photo from the awards do in London, with Ben, Rachel, Guy and Mark all looking very smart indeed.
The judges were particularly impressed by the way we communicate our animal welfare story to customers through our newsletters and social media, such as our YouTube video ‘Bucking Bovines’, which has had over 26,000 viewings of the Riverford dairy herd running out to pasture. For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, here it is:
Each year the Soil Association run the Natural and Organic Awards to recognise some of the best businesses in the organic market.
We are happy to say that we’ve been shortlisted for the award this year. Please vote for Riverford at http://www.soilassociation.org/Takeaction/Buyorganic/Retailerawards.aspx. Voting closes Monday 22nd March.
We’ve been nominated in the ‘Favourite to-your-door food supplier’ category of the Good Housekeeping Food Awards. Please vote for us – you might even win a luxury weekend break while you’re at it! Voting closes 21st December.
Not only did we win Best Ethical Business at the Observer Ethical Awards, we also got to meet Colin Firth… But what is an ethical business? We’d love to know your thoughts.
Here’s a short film about Riverford shown at the award ceremony.
(photos by Alicia Canter)
We seem to be doing pretty well with awards recently. First the Observer’s ‘Best Ethical Restaurant’ and now ‘Best Organic Retailer’ at the Natural and Organic Awards,sponsored by the Soil Association. Many thanks to all of you who voted for us. I like to think that we won for patiently sticking at what we know and, year on year, getting steadily better at it; for being the real McCoy, rather than a brand created in response to a market trend.