Newry sandwich firm Around Noon enjoys sweet taste of success in London

A bite of the market: Around Noon chief executive Gareth Chambers, left, and executive chef David Graham celebrate the company's latest successes

FAST-growth Newry firm Around Noon has cemented its credentials as one of Britain and Ireland's leading food-to-go manufacturers.

The company, which employs more than 200 people at Greenbank industrial estate, beat competition from the likes of Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose to collect an unprecedented three awards at the Sammies – organised by the British Sandwich Association and the leading accolades of their kind in the UK.

Around Noon is a highly innovative and rapidly-expanding business, having almost tripled its workforce from 80 people just five years ago - and it is continuing to recruit.

And boasting clients including Starbucks and Henderson Group, the company is on course to increase its turnover by nearly a third from £14 million last year to around £20 million in 2017.

The latest awards, which were presented at a gala ceremony in London, reflect the company's strong commitment to innovation.

Around Noon - which is also a finalist in the upcoming Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards - won the prestigious awards' Innovation Category, Seasonal Category, and Overall New Sandwich of the Year award.

The accolades were for products by its Scribbles brand, and overall winning sandwich of the year was its 'Un-bleat-able Goats Cheese, Cranberries, Sweet Potato and mango Munch Fest'.

The company's chief executive Gareth Chambers says: “Since I was appointed in 2012 we've been putting in place a programme of transformation that has seen us recruit well over 100 new people, grow our turnover significantly, and win new and exciting business.

“We see the award wins as an endorsement of our progress, but also an opportunity, due to the additional credibility it gives us in the likes of the London market.

"Currently, about £2 million of our turnover comes from sales in GB, and we see a huge opportunity to radically increase that amount, which would have considerable benefits for our Newry base in terms of investment and employment,” he adds.

The Sammies 2017 were held at the Lancaster London Hotel.

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