Odd John & Family Ltd scoop East Midlands Entrepreneur Award Jay Cooledge, Director of Odd John & Family Ltd has been awarded ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce 2016 Leicestershire Business Awards!
Aiming to recognise and celebrate innovative and distinguished businesses across the county who have excelled and pioneered new concepts, the awards evening took place over a black tie gala dinner event at Premier League champions’ Leicester City’s King Power Stadium, on Friday 2nd September.
Sponsored by PKF Cooper Parry, the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ category included two other businesses from the food and drink sector including Stones Events and Steamin’ Billy Brewing Co.
On winning the award, Jay commented, “I am delighted and very proud to have won this prestigious award but it did come as a bit of a shock as there was stiff competition from some really well renowned businessmen who have been established far longer than we have!”
Over the last year, the family-run business has continued to expand at a rapid rate with the opening of a second Odd John’s Kitchen deli café in Quorn following a highly successful Kickstarter campaign fully supported by the local community. The company has also taken over and refurbished The Falcon Inn, a stunning Everard’s pub and hotel in Long Whatton, Leicestershire. This has strengthened their existing successful portfolio of the traditional gastropub, The Griffin Inn, the original Odd John’s Kitchen deli cafe and their awardwinning wedding venue – The Old Stables, all based within the picturesque village of Swithland, Leicestershire.
The company has built its business ethos around the community, by supporting and providing a platform for local food and craft producers with opportunities to host craft and food workshops within the community to providing retail space to help showcase the very best of local produce and talent.
For more information on Odd John & Family Ltd and its businesses, please visit www.oddjohn.co.uk