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On the 25 January 2018, The Royal Bath & West of England Society hosted the official opening event of its new Rural Enterprise Centre, situated on the Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset.
Around 100 guests attended the event to experience the new Rural Enterprise Centre for themselves. The facility is set to become the hub of rural enterprise across Somerset and the West of England, encouraging knowledge sharing, education and business growth amongst the rural community.
To help celebrate the launch of the centre, the winner of the new joint Thatchers Cider and The Royal Bath & West of England Society Award was announced as Janet Andrews-Mackay from Jeams Super Mixes. The Long Sutton based company produces a range of six easy-to-use, tasty and nutrient-rich organic bread mixes. The ambitious start-up, which only launched in January 2017, has already achieved a number of award wins including The Great Taste Awards and Best New Organic Food Product category at the Natural & Organic Products Europe trade show.
Rupert Cox, CEO of the Society, comments, “We’re delighted to mark this momentous occasion by welcoming our members and supporters to our fantastic new Rural Enterprise Centre. We are pleased so many people have come today to tour the new facility and hear our vision for the future of the centre. We want to congratulate Jeams Super Mixes on being the first winner of the joint Thatchers Cider and Bath & West Award. The company was picked as the worthy winner because of its innovative product, eye-catching packaging and brand personality. We’re confident Jeams Super Mixes will benefit considerably from Martin Thatcher’s extensive experience in the food and drink sector.”