The national Q Guild of Butchers has appointed Kirklees butcher, farmer and grazier Brindon Addy as its new chairman.
Brindon, who owns J Brindon Addy Butchers in Hade Edge, Holmfirth, has been involved with the Q Guild for over 13 years. He joined in 1998, was elected chairman of the north-east in 2005 and national vice-chair in 2010.
He said: "The Q Guild has played a major role in the success of my business over the last decade. The unique network and infrastructure it provides has proved invaluable, while the open exchange of advice and ideas between like-minded business owners has helped me build Addy's butchers into the business it is today."
Brindon takes over the reins from Cumbrian butcher Philip Cranston, who has chaired the Q Guild for seven years. He said: "Brindon has taken an active role in the guild over the last few years. His appointment is well deserved.
“His passion for quality meat and the craftsmanship he demonstrates through his own business underpins all that the Q Guild stands for. He is a valuable asset to the organisation."
Brindon started his career in the meat industry at an early age, joining a local butchers as a Saturday lad at the age of 11. "I knew it was the trade for me," he said.
He went on to study meat technology at Thomas Danby College, Leeds, and then spent time as a trainee manager at a local bacon factory. Brindon established Addy's Butchers in Hade Edge in 1993 and has expanded and diversfield the business significantly over the years.
The shop has been recognised both in the UK and internationally through multiple awards for the quality meat and other products, such as pies and sausages, it sells. Addy’s is the reigning North of England champion in the annual Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards.
The business was also chosen as Meat Buyer of the Year in the 2009 Pig & Poultry Marketing Awards in recognition of the shop’s commitment to sourcing meat direct from local farmers, a policy that has been in place since Addy’s first opened its doors.
Yorkshire-born father of two Brindon is also in demand as a judge at regional agricultural shows, while the business has established partnerships with local schools to tell children more about the food they eat and spread the ethos about the value of healthy, sustainable local food.
As well as Brindon’s own prime lamb-bearing agricultural land, his father-in-law has 20 acres, while his brother-in-law has taken on 90 acres of land down the road from the shop. “We are planning to supplement our own lambs by rearing beef cattle and selling them in the shop,” he explained.
Established in 1986, The Q Guild is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It promotes traditional craft skills and award-winning meat products. Its members in the UK, from Shetland to Cornwall, serve £3 million worth of meat and related products to over a quarter of a million UK consumers every week.
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