Both Colin and I were from family business backgrounds, so hard work and long hours were no stranger to us. When the opportunity to buy an ailing frozen food business in Harlech came up, we jumped at the chance. Colins' brothers Fred and later Stephen, both now retired, also joined us and working hard to build the business was paramount to us all.
Sadly Colin passed away early 2015 and now, semi-retired, I take more of a back seat leaving our children, Jonathan, Andrew and Laura together with fellow directors and staff to take the business forward.
Working for a family business, it’s hard to remember when I actually started, but early memories of restocking freezers on a Saturday morning are still with me, as well as the 16 hour days in the summer as a teenager! After a spell at university in Sheffield, I came into the business full time in 1994 and became a director and shareholder in 1997.
Today, I run the business with my brother Jonathan as Joint MD, along with several family members, including my wife Sue (and my 2 boys, Toby & Charlie!) and an experienced board of directors.
Loading vehicles after school as a 14 year old are my earliest memories of Harlech Frozen Foods as it was known back then. After studying Business at college I came to work at Harlech full time in 1992 to look after the transport and operations side of things and have witnessed the business grow year on year since.
My brother Andrew and I are now joint Managing Directors and together, with a great board of directors, management team and staff, we look forward to growing Harlech for the future. Four children, two dogs and a variety of other animals keep my wife Paula and I busy when we’re not working.
I can`t remember a time when I wasn’t involved in buying and selling something! Did a stint on the markets as a kid (where a `kid` becomes a `man` overnight!) followed by time as a retail store manager and later 20 years in the food & drink, cash & carry game, negotiating with every brand you can think of. I firmly believe that `people buy from people` and therefore integrity and relationships are the key to long term, sustainable success. A belief that runs through the veins here at Harlech.
I have a beautiful (long suffering) wife Peta and a fantastic young son, Charlie, who is rapidly becoming fluent in Welsh, albeit with a slight `brummie` accent!
I joined Harlech at the tender age of 19, believe it or not on 1 st of April 2000. It was only meant to be a months’ long training scheme........ 16 years later and I’m still here!I’m fortunate to have grown up with the business and seen it develop over the years into the success it is today.
Being appointed Finance Director in 2012 was a real achievement, knowing that hard graft and dedication had paid off.I live locally in Criccieth with my wonderful wife Anna and our three sons; Steffan, Hari and Dyfan.When I’m not run ragged by the boys I enjoy the odd round of golf and the occasional 5 a side football game.
I’ve worked in the Foodservice sector for over 30 years, having spent time at Holroyd Meek, M & J Seafoods and Brakes. For the last 10 years I’ve been part of the Harlech management team and I’ve enjoyed being involved in a progressive family business. It’s great to be a part of a professional sales team that has a good mix of characters and get along well.
I’m married to Carol and we have two beautiful daughters who have both flown the nest - they are enjoying their independence but they still have an umbilical connection to their dad’s wallet!!
I have spent my entire career in delivered wholesaling, bringing nearly 30 years’ experience to the role. I have an in-depth knowledge of most areas of wholesaling but my particular expertise lies in Operations. The majority of my career was spent at Woodward’s Foodservice, where I spent 16 years in operations. I have worked in fresh products, fine foods, non-foods, ambient , frozen and chilled and I have spent the last 12 years being a director of different wholesalers. Having worked all over the UK I have now settled back in my native North Wales where I live with my family. I have had a lifelong passion for food and enjoy travelling, sports and country walks.
I first joined the team in the summer 2013. Having owned and run restaurants successfully for 12 years and stints working on private super yachts in the South of France cooking for Russians and Swiss entrepreneurs.
I originally started as a young pastry chef in two Michelin starred restaurants but now prefer cooking outdoors at home and trying new wines.
When I’m not working I enjoy being dad to Neah and Hugo and on call with the Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue team.
After studying at Llandrillo College, I spent 10 years working my way up from Trainee Salesperson to National Account Manager for Courage Beer Company (Scottish Courage). This gave me many opportunities to travel and enjoy amazing experiences, from flying into Silverstone and being entertained in the Paddock Club, to a long weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix – which were my best highlights being an avid F1 follower!
I took the opportunity to move back home to north Wales and took on various managerial positions. I joined Harlech Foodservice in 2012 and was thrilled to be back in sales, as well as the opportunity of working for a local family run business.
Having studied hotel & catering management, my first taste of the industry was as a manager with the Swallow Hotel Group. After relocating to Buckinghamshire and the birth of our two daughters, I worked for Raymond Blanc at the Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons as a personal assistant to the head chef, organising menus, dish costings etc. I later relocated to Llanrwst, North Wales, where I spent five years as Wholesale Manager with Blas ar Fwyd, specialising in deli items, fine foods and cheeses. I have worked with Harlech for over six years; primarily as an Area Sales Manager but I am now working nationally to promote and sell our new range of crockery, cutlery, kitchen and bar ware. Having also been wine and spirit trained I also help support our team of wine specialists within the company.
I joined Harlech in 1997 initially as a delivery driver and was later offered the opportunity to join the sales team as an Area Representative, covering Barmouth through to Aberystwyth. After successfully growing the business for 10 years, Harlech restructured the sales team and I was appointed Business Development Manager for all areas. With the continued growth of Harlech I have now taken on the role of a Regional Manager supporting a sales team covering the Llyn Peninsula to Aberystwyth and mid Wales.
Away from work I am kept busy with my 2 young children, Poppy and Joel, with most of my spare time taken up by their social lives. When I do get time to myself, you’ll find me on one of the remote beaches on the Lleyn Peninsula where I live, with my camera attempting to look like I know exactly what I’m doing or carefully negotiating the country roads on my motorbike.
After leaving school I immediately gained employment locally with John Edwards Wholesale Grocers. I enjoyed my 15 year experience there where I worked myself up to Catering Development Manager until I took voluntary redundancy in April 2005.
In August of that same year, I was fortunate enough to join Harlech Foodservice as Ambient Goods Specialist for their newly launched grocery side of the business. Within 18 months I was appointed Business Development Manager where I now cover the scenic north Wales coastline from my home town Bangor, Llandudno through to Rhyl. Being a father of four and a Taid (grandad) to two, most of my spare time(money) is spent with(on) them, unless on holiday or at my local drinking establishment!!
I joined the Harlech team in June, 2017. I started in the kitchen at 18 years old, I spent a brief time at college before going off to France to learn the hard way! I worked my way up through the ranks and have worked a multitude of jobs; from being a private chef in St Tropez to working in the world famous Claridge's hotel. My background made the transition from the kitchens to a development chef that much easier, especially the knowledge of fine foods and technique used in the high end hospitality industry.
I am really enjoying working with the 2 other development chefs, constantly learning new techniques and products in order to pass this knowledge and passion on to our customers..
I’m a local lad born and bred. After studying at the local agricultural college my first employment was with my soon to be business partner as a sales rep for a local animal feed company. In 1996 I went into partnership and started up Bwydlyn as a retail butchers on the high street in Pwllheli.
Following the buyout of Bwydlyn in 2012, I was fortunate to make the transition with the business and joined Harlech, initially as their Butchery Manager. I have now spend most of my time out on the road working as their fresh meat specialist covering all areas. As well as thoroughly enjoying my work I have two other loves in my life, one being my beautiful daughter and the other a life-long passion for MUFC.
I have recently joined Harlech Foodservice, covering the south Manchester area. With over 20 years in Foodservice sales mainly working for Bidvest and Woodwards, I am humbled and proud to be working for Harlech Foodservice a family owned business where the customer comes first.
In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my two children, cooking for friends and family and enjoying the odd 80s concert.
I joined Harlech in 2011 having previously working for Birchalls Foodservice as Territory Manager. Prior to this I was self-employed, importing and wholesaling flowers from Holland and around the world in the south east of England.
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my sons and have a passion for rugby, where I play and coach at Bangor Rugby Club. So if you see me with a black eye or a thick lip it’s only rugby, honest !!!!
I joined Harlech in November 2015. Having been in the hospitality industry since I was 16, I had my first head chef’s role at the age of 20. In 2000 I won ‘Mid WalesTrainee Chef of the Year’ and was only one of two people in Wales to complete the level 4 NVQ in kitchen & Larder.
In 2008 I purchased a leasehold in an established and successful local pub & restaurant in my home town of Welshpool for 4 years.
Then is was given the opportunity to join a work based learning company as an assessor, internal verifier and trainer of chefs all over Wales, where I developed a wide range of contacts and knowledge of different genres of the hospitality industry.This also gave me the opportunity to join the Welsh Culinary Association and was part of the 2014 winning team at the prestigious ‘Battle of the Dragon’ championships.This also led me to be part of the Welsh Culinary squad that was part of the recent Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany.
I’m hoping to work with Steve Williams and all the team at Harlech to develop new, innovative, exciting, modern styles and products that can help chefs with ranges that suits all needs.
Having been a chef for over twenty years I felt it was time to enjoy more family time whilst still retaining a role within the catering industry. Harlech seemed the perfect solution and I was fortunate to join the sales team in 2014. I’ve been head chef and managed a number of establishments over the years and thoroughly enjoyed my work. I have gained a wealth of experience and hope my passion for food is evident when meeting new customers.
Machynlleth is my home town and I love living in the country. I have a small holding which I run with the help of my wife Rachel and young son Alfie-John, whom I can’t wait to teach the country ways.
What little spare time I have you’ll find me enjoying a spot of fishing, shooting and training my dogs.
I joined Harlech in March 2015 having worked in the foodservice industry for best part of 10 years. Starting out as a delivery driver, store man and then promoted to area sales manager. Harlech is a family run business and I absolutely love what they stand for in caring and looking after customers and staff. I am thrilled Harlech feel I can contribute to what is already a very successful team, and I hope to continue being part of its growth for many years to come.
Away from work I enjoy spending my time with my wife Nicola and 7 year old son Lewis, taking trips to coast as often as we possibly can. I am also a keen sportsman playing cricket for Oswestry and until recently representing Shropshire in minor counties. I also enjoy football and play pool for the county.
Having spent 15 years in field training and sales roles within the white goods industry, working for brands such as Indesit and Bosch, Neff, Siemens and covering a large geographic area, I yearned for a new challenge. After a brief spell working within my husband's estate agency, I embarked on a new career within the food service, working as a Business Manager for Bidvest Foodservice.
I took up the opportunity to work as a Sales Development Manager for Harlech Foodservice in October 2015 and feel proud to be part of a fantastic company who excel in customer service and care.
Outside of work, I enjoy weekly yoga sessions, baking, and walking my little rescue dog, Millie.
After graduating I took up a position with the North West Wales Events Commission before travelling to Australia. On my return I embarked upon a Management training programme with QHotels which involved working across several of their most prestigious hotels I later took on the role of Regional Events Office Manager.
Moving back to the Llyn Peninsula I was given the opportunity to work front of house in a beautiful local hotel where I further developed my understanding of the importance of delivering excellent service within the hospitality industry. Since joining Harlech Foodservice in November 2014 the company continues to impress me with the ethos it follows and everything it strives towards, this is why I am delighted to be joining the Field Sales team.
Away from work I can be found on a netball court, on the water (in the summer months!) or brushing up on my food and drink expertise!
I initially trained as a chef at Wirral College; I started my career as a Chef in Chester, spending over 22 years in the hospitality industry in various roles from Restaurant Manager, Conference and Banqueting Manager through to Hotel Manager at a number of hotels in the North West and North Wales.
I then moved into Leisure Centre Management setting up the Catering facilities at Flint, before becoming Area Catering Manager for Wrexham Borough Council.
After a spell as Chef Manager at a Private Hospital and then Operations Manager with a school meal service responsible for 123 schools , I took the move into Food Service Sales in December 2002 , spending 7 years with Woodwards and 8 years at Birchalls.
I took the opportunity Jan 2018 to Join Harlech , so it’s a great pleasure to be part of a family run business , with an excellent wide range of products , which has Customer Service at the forefront of everything it does.
As a family man married for 29 years, with twins, my spare time is spent enjoying both cooking or eating out, and watching my hometown football team as a proud season ticket holder.
I started out as an apprentice butcher at Hawarden Estate Farm shop in 2011 and soon found my passion for meat. Within 4 years my qualities were recognised and I was appointed estate butcher manager. Many people perceive butchery as being an unpleasant job but for those of us who have the passion, it’s a highly rewarding career.
I joined the sales team at Harlech in May 2016 as their Bwydlyn Meat Specialist and although I miss being a hands on butcher at times, I find it highly rewarding being able to pass on my butchery knowledge and skills to fellow co-workers and customers alike.
As for my home life I spend most of my free time relaxing with the two loves in my life, my partner Cerri-Ann and daughter Skyler. Oh and my guilty pleasure confession would have to be watching the latest ‘transatlantic’ TV series.
After studying at Radbrook College in Shrewsbury I have spent my entire career in the catering industry.
I’ve spent the last 22 years at Woodward Foodservice where I gained a wealth of experience.
Joining Harlech Foodservice in January 2018 is a fantastic opportunity. I feel proud and excited to be part of a successful family owned company that is rapidly expanding and where the customer service is paramount
Away from work I love spending time with my family. I enjoy spending my holidays in Spain where I have visited regularly for the last 15 years.