Judges: David Burch and Simon Gotelee Sponsored by: Mr.Wheeler Wine Cellar Highly Commended: LillyPuds, Chelmsford Highly Commended: The Olive Branch, Wivenhoe
Winner: Bradfields Farm Dairy, North Benfleet
What the judges said:
The business managed to break even well before its business plan and has plugged itself into the local farm shop network. It was impressive to see their determination to save one of the county’s last seven dairy farms and all the team had an understated passion. There are innovations too, with a coin operated shop, a profile at local markets and product developments including new cheeses and crème fraiche.
What the winner said:
It means the world to us to win this award. We are really pleased, it has just been a massive change for us and a real challenge to take on this new business. This award and recognition really endorses that we have made the right decision. Hopefully we will get some great publicity from this.