J Rotherham has been shortlisted for the Telegraph’s Festival of Business Award for a second year. Following the unveiling the shortlist on Monday, J. Rotherham will compete with three other finalists: Beechdean Ice Cream; sausage makers Heck Food and Morgan Innovation and Technology.
The four shortlisted companies, all family-run, have been selected for their real innovation and excellent growth – out of more than 500 entries.
The award, presented in association with Amazon, which will be announced at the Telegraph Festival of Business on November 10 in London, aims to find the brightest and best up-and-coming British businesses.
“SMEs up and down the UK are growing their businesses by innovating their products and services, exporting around the world and using technology such as our platforms to join the fast growing digital economy. We look forward to celebrating the best of British business at the Festival in November.”
Chris North, managing director of Amazon.
Fourth generation family business J Rotherham is an exceptional turnaround story. The York-based firm bounced back from the loss of its largest client MFI, the furniture retailer that went into administration in 2008.
Since, the stonemason has managed to increase revenues from £5m in 2010 to £9m in 2014. Now back in health and growing, J Rotherham occupies up to 150 employees.
Decades of excellence in the manufacture and supply of marble and stone products has enabled the manufacturer to develop an impressive portfolio of stone masonry, examples of which can be seen all over the UK; one example being the spectacular a war memorial depicting Nike, the Greek goddess of victory , located in Horndean, Hants.
The four businesses were selected by a panel of judges who included John Timpson, the chairman of family firm Timpsons, which offers key-cutting, shoe repair and mobile phone services; Nick Wheeler, boss of Charles Tyrwhitt, the high-end shirt company; and James Quinn, Telegraph group business editor.
“It is a humbling experience reading about people who have overcome so many obstacles to create a thriving business. I was intrigued by the wide range of areas in which a company can make a profit and have tried to base my selection on evidence of true entrepreneurial spirit.”
John Timpson, entrepreneur and Festival of Business judge