Trailblazing star Samuel wins SMI’s apprentice award

Trailblazing star Samuel wins SMI’s apprentice award

A trailblazing young star of the food industry is the latest to benefit from Seymour Manufacturing International’s long-standing support for the country’s up-and-coming meat producers.

The annual awards competition, run jointly by the Institute of Meat and the Worshipful Company of Butchers, rewards the latest stars of the industry, as well as recognising some of the butchery world’s stalwarts.

Seymour Manufacturing International has been supporting the competition for more than two decades, and proudly sponsored the category for Best New Apprentice Progressing on a Trailblazer Standard at this year’s ceremony.

The trophy and certificate was won by Brighton teenager Samuel Deighton, who went on to make it a double celebration by also picking up the Champion Meat Apprentice of the Year trophy.

The 18-year-old works at Barfields Butchers in the city – which has employed him since he first entered the meat industry as a 16-year-old Saturday boy.

SMI’s divisional sales manager for the south, Aude Moutonnet, was at the historic Tallow Chandlers Hall in London today to see Samuel pick up the award, which included a £250 prize and year’s membership of the Institute of Meat.

Aude said: “Although we are not food producers, our award-winning thermal insulation products are used extensively in the food industry, and we are keen to support the important areas of meat training and education.

“It was a pleasure to meet and chat with Samuel, who is clearly a star in the making – he came across as a real ‘people person’ with lots of creative ideas, drive, ambition and enthusiasm.”

The Worshipful Company of Butchers is one of the oldest livery companies in the City of London, with records dating back as far as 975AD.

SMI managing director Brian Seymour said: “I’d like to add my congratulations and best wishes to Samuel. He displays exactly what we want to see from the next generation of meat industry entrepreneurs.”

Pictured: Award winner Samuel Deighton with SMI’s divisional sales manager for the south, Aude Moutonnet, at Tallow Chandlers Hall in London.

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