Amy Cheadle, co-founder of the Preston-based Northern Dough Co has been recognised as a rising star of the food and drink industry.
Amy who lives with her family in Hoghton near Bamber Bridge has been listed as ‘The Grocer’s Top New Talent 2018’ along with 34 others singled out from an extensive list of candidates.
The Grocer, a prestigious industry-led publication, has been running the top talent programme since 2013 after recognising that there was an ageing workforce in the food sector. Since its inception, the team of judges have had some truly exceptional entrants.
For Amy, this marks an important milestone. After several years of growing the brand, while also maintaining a successful role in the retail marketing industry, she has recently joined the Northern Dough Co full-time.
She commented: “I’m delighted to be recognised on the Top Talent list, particularly as we enter this growth phase of our business journey.
“The Grocer has been my go-to source of industry information from the early days of my career in retail, so to be featured on their pages and part of the alumni is a real honour.”
Amy will be awarded a plaque at a special 5th anniversary drinks event on 12th November in London when she will join this year’s other rising stars as well as a host of senior industry figures and former winners.
Past winners of the rising star list include Amelia Harvey from The Collective, who has been a big inspiration to Amy since her early days in retail.
She added: “I’m really excited to have the opportunity to meet the wider network and understand how we can share knowledge and conquer the food and drinks market in years to come.
The Northern Dough Co has accomplished big things from small beginnings and this is what can form success for other innovative brands.
Amy said: “Whether you look at the most productive creative environments operating completely flexible working arrangements, or start-ups generating food innovation that takes the market by storm, by far the most exciting and biggest step changes come from small beginnings, with people dedicated to disrupting the norm.
“At the Northern Dough Co, we have identified that customers want to buy from brands they can have a personal relationship with. While big multi-nationals can create an illusion of personalisation, only those small and nimble enough genuinely achieve it.”