Young star Elliot wins SMI's new apprentice prize at national awards ceremony

A young butcher taking his first steps in the business 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 once again at the 2020 ceremony.

The trophy and certificate was won by 18-year-old Elliot Tong, from Hull, who has just completed his first year at Cranswick Country Foods plc, and spoke of his commitment and desire to carve out an exciting career in the industry.

SMI’s divisional sales manager for the south, Ross Clarke (pictured above with Elliot), was at the historic Butchers Hall in London to see Elliot pick up the award, which included a £250 prize and year’s membership of the Institute of Meat.

He said: “It was a pleasure meeting Elliot and his colleagues, to join in celebrating his achievements. He has done the company really proud, and it was a joy meeting a young man with such a bright future ahead of him.”

SMI founder and chairman Brian Seymour added: “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.

“We are proud to be associated with this annual event which promotes and celebrates exactly what we want to see from the next generation of meat industry entrepreneurs.”

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.

Young star Elliot wins SMI's new apprentice prize at national awards ceremony