MUSGROVE Willows’ run of success continued as they were named Family Business of the Year at the Somerset Business Awards, held via Zoom.
The Westonzoyland-based enterprise has enjoyed a remarkably rewarding few months. Last December they won the same honour in the Sedgemoor Business Excellence Awards.
And in February they earned the accolade of best Best Rural Retail Business in the country.
The company took to Facebook to say: “Winning an award of this nature is a great honour. Musgrove Willows has been in existence as a family business for nearly a century.
“These days, four members of the Musgrove family have integral roles within the company: Mike, Ellen and their children Jack and Holly. Jack is a fourth generation willow grower and he and sister Holly are both determined to follow in their parents’ footsteps.
“That being said, every member of staff can take great pride in this award. It really is a team effort.
“The past 12 months have been incredibly challenging for all of us. Awards can be a great fillip. Independent recognition of a job well done. It’s something we all need from time to time!”
Musgrove Willows, founded in 1928, grows over 60 different varieties of willow on the farm. The willow is processed on site using traditional methods and much of it is made into a range of willow products by their skilled team of craftsmen.
Today, customers around the world use their willow and willow products and their willow weaving courses are also very popular.
Full list of award winners:
- Albert Goodman Family Business of the Year (sponsored by Albert Goodman): winner – Musgrove Willows (Westonzoyland); runners-up – Bridges Electrical Engineers (Midsomer Norton) and Clarity Cleans (Axbridge).
- Best Use of Technology (sponsored by Porter Dodson): winner – Cardstream (Taunton); runners-up – Clerksroom (Taunton) and WPA (Taunton).
- Small Business of the Year (sponsored by TDA): winner – Cognique (Shepton Mallet); runners-up – Petruth Paddocks (Cheddar) and Harry’s Cider Company Ltd (Langport).
- Medium Business of the Year (sponsored by Brook Financial Management): winner – Filbert’s Fine Foods (Glastonbury); runners-up – Impact Design and Marketing (Taunton) and Race At Your Pace Ltd (Taunton).
- Large Business of the Year (sponsored by PKF Francis Clark): winner – Marston Foods (Frome); runners-up – Somerset Larder (North Petherton) and Singer Instruments (Roadwater).
- Charity of the Year (sponsored by Clarke Willmott): winner – Arc (Taunton); runners-up – Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance (Wellington) and PROMISEworks, (Baltonsborough).
- Employer of the Year (sponsored by Elite Staffing Solutions): winner – WPA (Taunton); runners-up – Singer Instruments (Roadwater) and Poolbridge Accountancy Ltd (Highbridge).
- Investing in Somerset (sponsored by Hinkley Point C): winner – Somerset Larder (North Petherton); runners-up – HOST Somerset (Bridgwater) and The Bridge (Langport).
- Start-up of the Year Award (sponsored by Teapot Creative): winner – Kinetic Kitchen (Compton Martin); runners-up -Accar Food Commit (Wincanton) and Plantside Café (Wellington).
- Outstanding Achievement (sponsored by Weston College): winner – Aspen Waite (Bridgwater); runners-up: David Hutchins Innovation Ltd (Somerton) and OTHO (Weston-super-Mare).
- Environmental Achievement (sponsored by Gravity): winner – James Tobias Ltd (Bridgwater); runners-up – C&D South West Ltd (Chard) and Sopha (Highbridge).
- Service Excellence (sponsored by CETSAT): winner – The Castle (Taunton); runners-up – Benchmark Project Management (Clevedon) and Somerset Early Scans Ltd (Bridgwater).
- Somerset Manufacturer and Producer Award (sponsored by Garador): winner – Marston Foods (Frome); runners-up – Filbert’s Fine Foods (Glastonbury) and James Tobias Ltd (Bridgwater).
- Outstanding COVID-19 Response (sponsored by Clarks International): winner – Cake Box Bakery (Yeovil); runners-up: Petruth Paddocks Ltd (Cheddar) and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance (Wellington).