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Arden Group named as finalist in the North West Family Business Awards

Posted on: Wednesday, March 8th, 2023

The Arden Group has been shortlisted in two categories of the North West Family Business Awards.

We’re in the running for the Manufacturing category, and our very own Leanne Allen, who works in our Customer Service Team, has been announced as a finalist in the Employee of the Year category.

The North West Family Business Awards celebrate family businesses across the region from all industries and sectors.

At Arden, we’re proud to be a family business – first established  in 1964 by brothers Frank and Philip Poynter from the cellar of their family home in Stockport.

Fast-forward almost 60 years, Arden is still in the same family ownership – which has now reached its third generation.

Sarah Poynter, our Operations Manager, is the granddaughter of our founder Frank Poynter. She said: “The Arden Group is built on strong family values – and family is at the heart of how we operate. Not only is Arden a family-owned business, but we have worked with generations of other families – siblings, sons, daughters – providing not only a workplace, but an extended family, so it’s a real honour to be recognised in the North West Family Business Awards.

“We’re particularly proud of Leanne Allen for being shortlisted in the Employee of the Year category. Leanne has been part of the extended Arden family for 17 years and is an integral part of our team – always willing to go the extra mile for our customers and our colleagues.

“From the Stockport cellar where it all began almost 60 years ago, to the global organisation we are today is an achievement we are rightly proud of, and be named as a finalist in these awards is testament to the hard work of every single person who has played their part in the Arden story.”

North West Family Business Awards Co-founder and Director Sue Howorth added: “We were inundated with some incredible entries, and we have been burning the midnight oil to get through them as they came in right up to the wire. The judges had extremely difficult decisions to make so the finalists should be extremely proud of themselves.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Manchester on Friday 19 May.

You can read more about the history Arden and where it all began here.

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