Barrowcliffe History

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Acquisition of Ready Steady Veg