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Andrew Wilson and Carolyne Vale named in ‘Entrepreneur 50’

19 June 2015

Andrew Wilson and Carolyne Vale, co-founders of Ashby-based Wilson Vale (which is a finalist in the PFM Awards), have appeared on a listing by Midlands Business Insider magazine of the top 50 businesspeople in the Midlands

The list profiles the region’s most exciting entrepreneurs and company creators, from property developers and retailers to engineering, technology, food and pharmaceutical gurus.

The couple, who established their catering business in 2002, employ 600 people nationwide and have retained a fresh food ethos and a focus on craft skills throughout the company’s growth. The business now has a turnover of £22m and a portfolio of 85 clients, mainly within business and industry, independent schools and conference venues.

Others on the ‘Entrepreneur 50’ list include the British fashion designer, Sir Paul Smith, Lord Edmiston of the IM Group and John Bloor, the name behind Triumph Motorcycles and Bloor Homes. 

Andrew Wilson said:” It is very humbling to be included within such as esteemed list of the region’s entrepreneurial successes. I am sure if you looked at the individual journeys, a number of themes would stand out, such as passion, hard work, creating a unique and focused company, and of course, high standards of customer service - elements that are at the core of our culture too.”

Wilson Vale is currently forging ahead of its financial targets for 2015. In addition to the £1.4 million worth of new contracts opened to date this year, there have also been important retentions and extensions to existing business. 

Under a three-year deal worth £1.5m, the independent caterers has retained a catering contract with a pioneering biotechnology company across two sites in the Home Counties, where Wilson Vale has managed the catering operation for 750 staff since 2011.    

Meanwhile in the south west, Wilson Vale opened its first Bristol catering operation at Lafarge Tarmac Stancombe Quarry near Bristol, where the independent caterers started a breakfast, lunch and hospitality service for 100 on-site in March.

The three-year contract comes as an extension to an existing catering contract at Lafarge Tarmac’s UK corporate headquarters in Solihull, West Midlands.

Andrew Wilson, co-founder and managing director of Wilson Vale, said:” The business is thriving because of our relationships with our clients.  Our operational focus continues to create opportunities to grow the business organically. People buy people and we feel very honoured to have such great teams who embody the Wilson Vale ethos, day-in, day-out. It’s about consistency, approachability and transparency. Yes, the food has to be good, but for longer term success, customer service excellence, honesty and responsiveness are key elements for business retention and development.”


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