Swindon butcher wins Barclays entrepreneur award
An independent, family-owned butcher and farm shop in Swindon has been crowned a national winner at the Barclays Entrepreneur Awards.
T. H. Burroughs was named as The Barclaycard Next Award winner, which recognises entrepreneurs and small businesses who have overcome a significant challenge, adapted the way they trade, or grabbed their business growth moment.
Thomas Howard Burroughs first opened T. H. Burroughs Family Butchers in 1942, and nearly 80 years later, the butchers, delicatessen and farm shop is now run by his grandson Graham Burroughs.
Graham said: “After taking the plunge to head back to our roots and open our own shop in Swindon in 2017, winning this award is the recognition of all the hard work, time and effort that’s gone into this business in the last four and a half years and is such an endorsement for the whole team.”
Graham continued: “There’s always an uncertainty when you’re starting a new business, but the way the team has grown and worked together, especially during the pandemic, deserves to be recognised.
“They’ve adapted to fit the incredible increase in footfall and customer requirements, created new ideas and sourced extra products such as pasta and flour to help out, as well as delivering shopping to the vulnerable.
“All this while continuing to keep our spirits up while so many others around us were closing doors. It is just the icing on the cake after our team have worked so hard and I’m absolutely thrilled to have won.”
The Barclays Entrepreneur Awards recognise the importance of the UK’s entrepreneurial spirit, and showcase founders and their businesses from across the country, who amid the pandemic have succeeded in bringing together their creativity, passion and innovation to run successful high growth businesses.
Katherine Morgan, head of high growth & entrepreneurs at Barclays, said: “The national awards are a celebration of the exceptional innovation and leadership entrepreneurs demonstrate, helping to create social change and boost our local economies.
“This is our opportunity to celebrate some of the UK’s most successful home-grown ventures, many of whom have skilfully utilised international markets, in turn generating new jobs and driving economic growth.
“These awards allow us to recognise and celebrate the founders behind these businesses, and we would like to congratulate Graham, his family and the whole team on their success.”
The national judging panel were made up of key industry leaders and influencers, who selected the overall national winners, drawn from over 1,000 applications, across the UK.
The Barclays Entrepreneur Awards consist of ten award categories, ranging from start-up through to international expansion.