Kendal Nutricare, the makers of ‘Kendamil’ infant formula, has beaten off stiff competition to be crowned the UK’s Best Small Business in this year’s annual FSB & Worldpay UK Business Awards.
Just eighteen months ago, Ross McMahon bought a struggling local factory that had cut its workforce by more than 70 per cent and reported losses of £4 million. Fast forward to today and the Kendal Nutricare CEO is riding high. The pharma research company can boast a thriving wholesale and direct retailing business, driven almost entirely by exports to China.
The company’s ‘Kendamil’ brand of infant formula is based on a unique and traditional recipe, which incorporates full-cream natural nutrients and essential fatty acids from cow’s milk. In addition to being the only infant formula on British shelves to be actually manufactured in Britain, the product is stocked in 8,000 Chinese stores.
Also a Cumbrian winner on the night was Skelwith Fold Caravan Park, winner of Ethical Business of the Year. The family-owned enterprise has been in business for over 40 years. Its main attraction is 130 acres of unspoiled woodland, abundant with wildlife. Skelwith Fold operates a policy of sustainable management, including many conservation initiatives designed to protect the indigenous flora and fauna, and to promote working in harmony with the natural world. Recent developments include the introduction of electric bikes, which encourage guests to swap their cars for a more sustainable form of transport when exploring the surrounding countryside.