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A lead­ing chicken sup­plies busi­ness has won a na­tional award.

Durham Hens was named Mi­crobusi­ness of the Year at the Fed­er­a­tion of Small Busi­nesses and World­pay UK Busi­ness Awards.

The com­pany was cho­sen re­gional win­ner for the North East and York­shire, and was then se­lected to go for­ward to the na­tional fi­nal which was held in Lon­don. The mi­crobusi­ness cat­e­gory was open to busi­nesses with fewer than 10 em­ploy­ees.

Durham Hens, run by Mar­garet and Alec Manch­ester, sell lay­ing hens, pure and rare breed chick­ens, fer­tile hatch­ing eggs and poultry sup­plies from their premises. Alec said: “Our rep­u­ta­tion for sell­ing qual­ity stock and pro­vid­ing help­ful ad­vice has spread. We take it as a huge com­pli­ment when peo­ple travel from all over the coun­try to visit us.”

Durham Hens also sell poultry sup­plies through e-com­merce, of­fer a re­gional de­liv­ery ser­vice, courses on chicken-keep­ing and a board­ing ser­vice for hens.

Mar­garet be­gan rear­ing chicks 10 years ago and the busi­ness has grown from these hum­ble beginnings. She said: “It is very sat­is­fy­ing, and touch­ing, to see how Durham Hens has grown and de­vel­oped to meet de­mand. It was an hon­our to be se­lected as a fi­nal­ist, but to win the na­tional ti­tle is a phe­nom­e­nal achieve­ment. To have our team’s hard work and ded­i­ca­tion recog­nised at this level is just amaz­ing!” * WIN a Durham Hens chicken house. See page 17.

WIN £25 WITH A PIC!

Don’t for­get to send us pho­tos of your chick­ens. The best ones will be fea­tured on our Chick­pix page, and the win­ner will re­ceive a £25 prize. Send high-res­o­lu­tion im­ages to yourchick­ens@archant.co.uk with your full name and address.

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