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Country Harvest, Ingleton, to celebrate 20 years in business
8:00am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
Country Harvest, the privately owned Ingleton shop and deli-cafe, will be in party mood on Sunday when it marks its 20th birthday.
Built on the site of a former filling station on the A65, Country Harvest was founded by two farming families who realised the importance of farm diversification and recognised the trend towards local food.
It originally branded itself a farm shop but soon expanded to include crafts and gifts.
In 2008 the shop was bought by Haverigg-born Mike Clark and Gay Penn, who hail from Northumberland. It now employs more than 50 full and part-time staff, making it one of the largest employers in the area, and attracts nearly a quarter of a million visitors annually.
Mr Clark said: “I believe it is our level of customer service – going that extra mile – which is the main reason for our success.
“Any business is only as good as the team which runs it and the position we enjoy today is without doubt due to the hard work and dedication of all my members of staff, of whom I am extremely proud.”
Sunday’s “open house” celebrations will include a Harvest Hat competition – an autumn equivalent of an Easter Bonnet parade – with prizes for the best children’s and the best adult’s hat. The judging will take place at 3pm.
Retail assistant Pat Towler, who has been with the business all 20 years, will cut a giant cake at 2pm.
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