Herbs Un­lim­ited ready for new era as fam­ily ba­ton is handed over

Yorkshire Post - - BUSINESS -

THE FOUNDER of the York­shire fam­ily busi­ness Herbs Un­lim­ited has passed the ba­ton on to her son as the busi­ness looks to rise to the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties of Brexit.

Philip Dodd, for­merly op­er­a­tions director, takes over as man­ag­ing director of the spe­cial­ity grower from his mother Ali­son Dodd, who founded the com­pany in 1992. Ms Dodd will con­tinue in a part-time busi­ness de­vel­op­ment role.

Herbs Un­lim­ited grows herbs, sal­ads and ed­i­ble flow­ers on its farm at Sand­hut­ton, near Thirsk. The com­pany sup­plies the cater­ing, hos­pi­tal­ity, food man­u­fac­tur­ing and whole­sale sec­tors na­tion­ally.

Mr Dodd said: “This is an ex­cit­ing mo­ment and a new chap­ter for the busi­ness. Mum has left some big foot­steps to fill but I am de­lighted to have this op­por­tu­nity to make my own mark on the com­pany af­ter work­ing along­side her for so long.

“Hor­ti­cul­ture is a fast-mov­ing and com­pet­i­tive sec­tor and, with the man­age­ment ap­point­ments we have made over the last year, we are ide­ally po­si­tioned to build on our suc­cesses and rise to the chal­lenges pre­sented by Brexit.”

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing in Land and Farm Man­age­ment from Harper Adams, Mr Dodd worked with East Kent-based fresh pro­ducer grower In­ter­crop for three years be­fore join­ing Herbs Un­lim­ited in 2007 in a pro­duc­tion man­age­ment role.

Pro­moted to the board in 2011, he has been re­spon­si­ble for the day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties in the pack house and on the farm since 2012, while Ms Dodd fo­cused on mar­ket­ing and sales.

To­gether, they de­vel­oped Herbs Un­lim­ited into a £4m turnover busi­ness which em­ploys 49 per­ma­nent staff.

THYME TO MOVE ON: Philip Dodd has taken over from his mother, Ali­son, as man­ag­ing director of the Herbs Un­lim­ited group.

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