Stepney Hill Farm Butchery and Farm Shop announced as winners of the George F White Farm Diversification Award 2013
George F. White is pleased to announce that Stepney Hill Butchery and Farm Shop have been named this year’s Farm Diversification Award winner, in association with the Driffield Agricultural Society. Based at the family farm just to the west of Scarborough, the award was presented to the winners at this year’s Driffield Show.
Ashley Tyson, who runs the business with his family said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won this award and I’d like to thank George F. White for recognising how hard all the team at Stepney Hill have worked over the past few years to build the business out into a new area and to have achieved this recognition in such a short time is brilliant.”
Tom Mason, Partner with George F. White commented: “This year’s Diversification Award was fiercely contended by a number of very different businesses which made it tough to pick out a clear winner.
We chose Stepney Hill Farm Butchery and Farm Shop as the award winners because of the way they clearly identified the market they wanted to target and knew there would be a demand for their quality produce through their butchery and shop. Since they opened in 2011 they have expanded rapidly, now supplying all the top restaurants and hotels in Scarborough, as well as having a butchery and shop open at the farm. They have also recently launched a tea room, are now holding events at the farm and are providing a very popular outside catering service. The business, even in the early stages, has demonstrated a good return on investment and is now benefiting from a strong increase in demand even in today’s tough economic climate.”
Stepney Hill Farm has been in the Tyson family since 1966 and has 560 acres of land, 530 acres of which are permanent pasture and clover paddocks on which animals sold through the butchery and shop are reared. Originally a dairy farm, then with sheep and contracting interests, six years ago, brothers Ashley and James Tyson took over the farm from their father and began to consider diversifying further.
Raising breeds including Shorthorn cross beef, Saddleback pork, Swaledale and Texel cross lamb and mutton, they began with a boxed meat service delivered direct to households. Due to the high quality and flavour of the meat produced, demand for this service grew and two years ago the brothers decided to invest in building their own butchery facilities and farm shop and start supplying commercial businesses in the area.
Ashley Tyson, added: “Our commitment to producing and supplying the best quality meat and produce using traditional, labour intensive methods has certainly delivered great results and we look forward to a very positive future ahead for Stepney Hill Farm.”
For further details about Stepney Hill Farm visit www.stepneyhillfarm.co.uk
George F. White is the largest independent firm of RICS Chartered Surveyors in the North of England, with five offices and employing 100 staff. The business specialises in helping farmers and land owners to develop their businesses and maximise the value of their investments in property and land.