RJ Balson celebrates 500 years in business


500 years in Business celebrated in Bridport town hall

On the 12th September we were 500 years old. We are proud to say we are England’s oldest family business, trading since 1515.
We have raised £4,800 for Cancer Research UK

Thank you to all our customers and supplies that came and supported us.

Richard Balson & all the Balson family.

R J Balson appears on BBC TV in “A Taste of Britain”

Janet Street-Porter joined TV chef Brian Turner in our shop filming for the BBC’s “A Taste of Britain”, to be shown later in the 2014 summer/autumn schedule.

The pair were interested to sample the two oldest homemade products still sold, being our original pork sausages and famous faggots – both made to family recipes handed down through the generations.

Their visit was covered by the Bridport News and View from Bridport. Read more and see pictures here:

The Bridport News

View from Bridport

R J Balson Hosts the Tercentenarian Club AGM

In May we were proud to play host to the Tercentenarians Business Club – an exclusive club for businesses that have survived for more than 300 years and are still owned by the founding family

This event was covered in local papers and online by View From Publishing. Read more here: View from Bridport

You can also read more about the Tercentenarians Club here, in a 2013 piece by Harry Wallop, when the event was hosted by fellow member Fortnum & Mason:

The Telegraph

RJ Balson on The One Show

Click here to see what happened when John Sergeant from “The One Show” came to visit us in our Bridport shop back in September:
The One Show

Television Programme Preview

We have recently been filmed for a documentary programme which charts the history of the Balsons in Bridport as part of a wider series featuring family businesses steeped in history.

Click here for a preview :

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