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Newry Food-to-go manufacturer, Around Noon, has been presented with its prestigious award for securing a place in the Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 league table for the second year in a row.

Around Noon is one of a small number of companies to make the esteemed ranking two years in succession.

The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 league table ranks UK private companies with the fastest-growing sales. The list was announced at the end of 2018, and the awards event took place last week.

Gareth Chambers, CEO of Around Noon, and Howard Farquhar, Chairman of Around Noon with their Fast Track Award.
Gareth Chambers, CEO of Around Noon, and Howard Farquhar, Chairman of Around Noon with their Fast Track 100 Award.

Gareth Chambers, CEO of Around Noon, Howard Farquhar, Chairman, and original company founder Sheila Chambers collected the accolade at the awards event in Mill End, Kidlington, Oxfordshire.

Around Noon has experienced significant growth in recent years as it has increased business with existing clients and acquired a bakery and a Slough-based business to expand its sales in greater London.

It supplies a wide range of sandwiches, wraps, salads, bakery products and cold-pressed juices to leading coffee-shop chains and convenience retailers as well as contract caterers.

Commenting, CEO Gareth Chambers said: “It was fantastic to be at the event, which was attended by many of the UK’s most exciting businesses and included a question and answer session with the Virgin founder Richard Branson. Achieving the position in the Fast Track recognises the hard work that our teams in Newry and Slough have put in to grow our business, as well as the fantastic partnerships we have with our clients and suppliers.”

The Fast Track 100 is sponsored by Virgin Atlantic, Barclays, BDO, BGF and N+1 Singer, and is compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based research and networking events firm.

Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Group, which has supported Fast Track 100 for all 22 years, commented: “Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of UK business and have always been the beating heart of positive change. In a climate of uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to recognise those entrepreneurs, like those of this year’s Fast Track 100, who are making the world a better place for everybody.”

www.fasttrack.co.uk.

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