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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.

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Oldest Businesses In the UK

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.

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Taste of the West

Taste of the West site

Taste of the WestAwards

Taste of the West, established in 1991, is the regional food and drink trade organisation for the South West of England.

The prestigious Taste of the West Awards is one of the most highly respected in the food and drink industry. Judging panels are made up of industry experts including chefs, food technologists, trade buyers and food writers.



GOLD AWARDS for Home Cured Smoked Bacon and Unsmoked Bacon


The Best of Bacon award, sponsored by Waitrose, was won by our Home Cured Unsmoked Bacon.

We are hugely proud to have been presented with the award by chef Tim Maddams, during a ceremony held at the Eden Project.

The GOLD AWARD was won by our Home Cured Unsmoked Bacon

SILVER AWARDS were won for the following products:
Good Old Fashioned Pork Sausages
Wild Boar Sausages
Beef & Horseradish Sausages
Home Cured Smoked Bacon
The BRONZE AWARD was one by our children's chips


GOLD AWARDS for home cured smoked bacon and unsmoked bacon

SILVER AWARDS for the following sausages:
Children's Chips
Wild Boar
Beef & Horseradish

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.

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The Bridport News

BPEX South West Awards

BPEX site

BPEXSouth West Awards

BPEX is a division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board and is focused on enhancing the competitiveness, efficiency and promotion of quality-assured Red Tractor pork in Britain and Globally.


Gold Awards

Wild Boar Sausage
Dry Cured Bacon (Unsmoked)

Silver Awards

Dry Cured Bacon (Smoked)
Good Old Fashioned Pork Sausage
Pork, Ginger and Spring Onion Sausage


Gold Awards

Honey Roast Pork Sausage
Wild Boar Sausage
Beef & Horseradish
Dry Cured Bacon (Smoked)

Silver Awards

West Country Pork with Mace, Ginger & Nutmeg
Dry Cured Bacon (Unsmoked)
Ostrich and Cranberry Sausage

Overall Champion in Lamb and Beef Category

Beef & Horseradish Sausage

Gold award winners: The Red, White and Bacon Awards

Bacon Connoisseurs’ Week

A celebration of quality bacon cures and varieties for a nation of bacon lovers. The 2012 awards, called the Red, White and Bacon Awards were judged by an expert panel of judges including the editor of the Meat Trades Journal, Features Editor of the Grocer, a renowned Food Blogger as well as the week’s own Ladies in Pigs.

2012 – The Red, White and Bacon Awards

The GOLD AWARD was received for our home cured unsmoked bacon, whilst our smoked offering brought home the SILVER AWARD.

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.”

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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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