Here’s to the next 500 years of MGS

Stockport Times East - - VIEWPOINTS -

OVER its five cen­turies, Manch­ester Gram­mar School has es­tab­lished a great num­ber of work­ing re­la­tion­ships with lo­cal busi­nesses and re­tains per­sonal con­nec­tions with many of the peo­ple it has come into con­tact with

Th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions are proud to be as­so­ci­ated with MGS and hope the school con­tin­ues to en­joy pros­per­ity and suc­cess in or­der to reach fur­ther such mile­stones in the fu­ture. Roger Ward, owner of The Al­bert Square Chop House, is one of those who has forged a strong re­la­tion­ship with Manch­ester Gram­mar School.

He ex­plained: “My con­nec­tion with MGS is per­sonal: my chil­dren both went there; my wife works in the ju­nior school.

“Peo­ple say that the chop houses are Manch­ester in­sti­tu­tions. That they are iconic places. Found only in our city. That they help to make Manch­ester unique. That they have a spe­cial place in the his­tory of the city. And that many cel­e­brated char­ac­ters have spent time there. Much like the Manch­ester Gram­mar School.

“This an­niver­sary should be a time for look­ing for­wards as well as back, and for cel­e­brat­ing the things that make the school so im­por­tant to our city’s rep­u­ta­tion world­wide.

“And, if you’d like to raise a glass, you’re wel­come to do so with us.” com­pet­i­tive price. It soon ex­panded to pro­vide teas.

Roger ex­plained: “Cus­tomer ser­vice was an area most cof­fee busi­nesses let them­selves down, so was high on my agenda.

“I would safely say this is high on my busi­ness pri­or­i­ties and one all my cus­tomers would agree with. R Cof­fee prides it­self in work­ing closely with its cus­tomers.

“We blend our own teas and cof­fees, de­liver all our stock di­rectly - min­imis­ing car­bon foot­print - and bring new prod­ucts to our cus­tomers keep­ing them ahead of the game.” Bren­dan An­der­ton Butch­ers is a pri­vate limited com­pany owned and run by the An­der­ton Fam­ily in the Rib­ble Val­ley.

In the early 1970’s Bren­dan and Pet­rina worked from Stydd Lee, Farm House, Ribch­ester (Bren­dan’s fam­ily home) putting to­gether weekly deep freeze or­ders.

In 1972, they opened the butch­ers shop in Lon­gridge and have built the busi­ness on tra­di­tional butch­ery skills, qual­ity meat and first class ser­vice.

To­day, the busi­ness op­er­ates over three sites: two tra­di­tional butch­ers shops - Lon­gridge and Clitheroe - and an EC Li­censed (UK 4843 EC) BRC Cut­ting Premises.

Bren­dan An­der­ton Butch­ers is a house­hold name in the lo­cal area and is proud to serve loyal com­mu­nity.

It also op­er­ates in the food ser­vice sec­tor pro­vid­ing cater­ing cuts of meat to man­aged kitchens, schools, restau­rants, nurs­ing homes and public houses and it is this ser­vice it pro­vides for Manch­ester Gram­mar School.

To­gether the di­rec­tors have more than 100 years ex­pe­ri­ence of all as­pects of re­tail­ing and cater­ing butch­ery and the meat in­dus­try in gen­eral. They are com­mit­ted to pre­serv­ing tra­di­tional butch­ery skills and val­ues whist de­vel­op­ing new and ex­cit­ing prod­ucts.

The com­pany has high stan­dards of man­u­fac­tur­ing prac­tice and are au­dited by ex­ter­nal ac­cred­i­ta­tion bod­ies to stan­dards in­clud­ing BRC Global Stan­dards for food safety, Red Trac­tor Meat Pro­cess­ing, EBLEX QSM and STS.

The com­pany em­ploys ap­prox­i­mately 45 lo­cal peo­ple, and have a fleet of 14 re­frig­er­ated vans that are able to of­fer daily de­liv­er­ies through­out the North West.

The fam­ily hope that their vi­sion of the fu­ture will al­ways main­tain Bren­dan’s busi­nesses ethos: ‘qual­ity, ser­vice and ci­vil­ity’.

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