Dark Secrets

Christopher Stevens writing for the Mail gives some insight into our history ahead of a television programme we made recently – due to be aired this month.

Read more about our history and how we continue to thrive due to our focus on the things that matter to our customers. In no small part this includes a focus on the provenance of our meat. We know about the provenance and welfare of every animal, even where it was grazed…you can trace it from the field to the fork.

Mail Online

Line-up for Awards Ceremony

Companies from across the county are celebrating after the finalists for the 2012 Dorset Business Awards were revealed.

There are 30 businesses from around Dorset in the shortlist after a panel of 30 judges whittled the number down from the original 127 entrants.

R J Balson & Son have made the final of the Princecroft Willis Family Business Award, with the winner to be announced on 29th November at the Oscar-style Awards Gala Dinner, hosted by comedian and actress Debra Stephenson at the Lighthouse Poole.

Full story :

The Bridport News

Keeping it in the family

Fiona Webster of the Daily Express reports on R J Balson & Son:

Selling sausages since Tudor times

“Richard Balson knows how to sell a sausage – after all his ancestors were doing it back in Henry VIII’s time.

Entrepreneurial spirit has been in Richard Balson’s blood for 25 generations.

His thriving butcher’s business in Bridport, Dorset, dates back to 1535 and it is even rumoured to have supplied sausages to the famous Mary Rose battleship before it sank near Portsmouth harbour in 1545.

Entering the shop now is like stepping back in time.

The tiles and hanging rails date back 130 years and the walls are covered in photographs of the family. There are queues out the door.

“People come to the shop here from 50 miles away” says Richard, 54.”

Full story :

The Express

Institute for Family Business Reports on Britain’s oldest

It’s official, an Institute for Family Business investigation found R J Balson & Son to be the oldest family business in Britain.

“The downturn may have taken its toll on the UK economy, but the UK’s oldest family businesses have seen it all before with many trading more than 300 years ago, according to a study by the Institute for Family Business (IFB).

The oldest continuously trading family business in the UK is RJ Balson and Son, a butcher from Bridport, Dorset, which has sold sausages and bacon since 1535 – 476 years ago, when Henry VIII was King of England…”

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The Guardian Recommends..

Matthew Fort, food writer for the Guardian since 1989, formerly the Glenfiddich Food Writer of the Year, Restaurant Writer of the Year and Cookery Writer of the Year, recommends our glorious Bath chaps…

(QUESTION) “Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall reminds us that pigs’ cheeks were traditionally used to make Bath chaps. I used to buy them at Sainsbury’s. Where can I get them now?”

See Matthew’s response:

The Guardian