Award for Stepney Hill Farm

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Stepney Hill Farm Butchery and Farm Shop has been announced as the winner of the George F. White Farm Diversification Award 2013.

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 ion 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 benefitting 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.