Award for cider firm

NORTH Somerset firm Thatchers Cider won a top award at a business show on Thursday.

The Sandford-based firm scooped the food and drink award at the Made In The South West Awards, held in Bristol.

The fourth-generation family firm has been making cider commercially since 1904 but has also developed new schemes in recent years such as a new tree planting system and revolutionary new harvesting equipment to gather its fruit.

Firm managing director Martin Thatcher said: “It’s great to receive this award.

“The South West is a region that is acclaimed for its food and drink industry, and the fact that we have so many superb, like-minded companies clustered together makes it a very inspirational place to do business.”

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Neil Tague, editor of South West Business Insider, which organises the awards described Thatchers as ‘a South West institution now gaining recognition and fans on a national basis.’

He added: “Thatchers is a shining example of a local business made good that remains rooted to its community.”

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