Women in Meat Industry Awards – Categories

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Meat Businesswoman Award – Foodservice

Candidates for this category will be working for a supplier or business connected to the foodservice sector. This could be an independent butcher or a specialist catering butcher, or a manufacturer or wholesaler with a catering butchery arm. Who do you rate as a first-class representative of this industry? Does this woman show an aptitude for product innovation, or go the extra mile in providing customer service? Or perhaps she’s an expert marketer, a trainer, or distribution manager or has great production or leadership skills? It’s time to add their name to the mix.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Retailing

We’re looking for someone making a mark in the competitive world of supermarket giants and multiple retailers, or in independent retailing. Whether it is a superb buyer or someone shining within a new product development team, or perhaps it is a woman doing an outstanding job in the HR department. Or perhaps in training? Perhaps a member of a shop team, or a butcher’s shop manager. Please put names up for this prestigious Award.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Manufacturing/Processing

There are many success stories in the manufacturing and processing sectors, with standout product developments, modern production systems, team leadership and the production of consistently great products. When it comes to meat plants, animal welfare, hygienic practices and first class standards are vital – do you know a woman setting the benchmark in manufacturing or processing? Alternatively, it might be an HR director really driving staff progression and great staff training? Or perhaps a marketing professional doing an outstanding job? If so, it’s time to propose them.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Craft Butchery

This award sets out to prove that anyone thinking butchery is still exclusively ‘a man’s world’ is very much mistaken. Do you know a woman with expert knife or cutting skills, coupled with the creation of great products and perhaps an eye for excellent display? who do you know preparing meat and finishing products to the highest of standards? Are they coming up with ideas that are a cut above the rest? This person may be involved in retail butchery, but no matter from what sector, she must be making a significant contribution to its success and setting an example for excellence in the craft butchery field.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Trade Body

Do you know a woman working at a senior level for a trade organisation that covers the UK meat industry, either as its full remit or included within a significant part of its work? Is this woman championing the cause of the meat industry and does she have a clear understanding of the issues facing the market? Does she help the industry challenge the government or EU when necessary? Does she stand up for best practice? And does she actively help trade body members to face important issues, communicating with a clear, authoritative voice? We are looking for a champion and a great communicator - one woman playing a key role in promoting our industry’s interests and supporting its causes.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Wholesaling

This woman should be playing an active and important part in a business renowned for providing quality products, competitively priced, with an exceptional level of service. Whether this is with one of the leading meat wholesalers in the British Isles or for a smaller operation running to the highest of standards, we want to hear about them.

The Rising Star Award

This award is for one woman at the early stages of her career who has already made exceptional progress and demonstrates the potential for future growth. The individual can be working in any area of the British meat industry, but should be a clear example of the bright future hoped for the sector, and the type of person needed to deliver it. They can be nominated by their employer, colleagues, training provider or any industry peer / colleague who feels that their performance and potential should be celebrated. Please note that there is an age limit of 32 years for this category.

Meat Businesswoman of the Year Award

This very special and highly prestigious award will be presented to one of the winners of the other categories (excluding the Rising Star category). A panel of respected industry judges will discuss all winners and select one overall winner who has made or is making an exceptional contribution to the UK meat industry.