Barrowcliffe History

1976
Tony Barrowcliffe leaves school and joins Leeds United Football Club as an apprentice footballer.

1980
Following injury and unable to continue his career, Tony returns to Nottingham and sets up a fresh produce business as a sole trader.

1981
The business expands and Tony forms a partnership with his father, William and brother, Glen. The business develops to supplying fresh produce to a variety of catering outlets including schools, colleges, hospitals, restaurants and public houses.

1985
The partnership is formalised and becomes a limited company following continued success with several acquisitions.

1989
Due to changing market conditions, the emphasis of business moves to fresh vegetable processing and includes supplying major convenience food manufacturers out of the East Midlands.

1990
Lee Miller joins as Processing Manager and the business becomes divided into two areas: Catering and Processing.

1993
At a cost of over £1 million, a complete site re-development takes place to form the premises which to this day forms the heart of the processing plant

1994
The Catering Division is re-located locally as the Processing Business continues to expand and new adjacent premises are acquired.

1998
Tony Barrowcliffe received an attractive offer and the Barrowcliffe family make a decision to sell their shares in the business

1999
Tony Archer joins the Company as Operations Director and Lee Miller becomes Managing Director

2004
Further additions to the management structure included the appointments of Roy Irish as Financial Director, Nick Sutherland as Sales Director (subsequently retiring in 2011) and Michael Wood as Technical Director in 2008.

2008
The Company were accredited to the British Retail Consortium Food Standard (BRC).

2009
Approximately 1 acre of land is purchased to an adjacent site enabling further expansion.

2012
A brand new, supermarket-approved, High Care Area is purpose built enabling prepared fruit and vegetables to be sold ready to eat