A BOOMING South Tyneside food business has made an appointment aimed at increasing trade even further.
Harry Howarth has just taken over as factory general manager with pork butchers Dicksons, which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary.
The appointment sees the creation of a new senior management team, to take the family business into its next phase of growth and development.
Mr Howarth, who has a wealth of experience in the sector, and will be based at Dicksons’ headquarters in South Shields, has spent the past five years running a large bakery production complex in Saudi Arabia.
In his new role, Mr Howarth will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of Dicksons’ 25,000sq ft production facility, and will introduce and implement a series of initiatives to boost growth.
He said: “Dicksons is a truly remarkable example of a business which combines commercial ambition with the strong values evident from its family heritage.
“Already seen as a real success story in our region, Dicksons has a vision for future growth across all areas.
“I am delighted to be part of a management team that is determined to see the firm push forward with its plans, which will herald growth across all areas of the business, and the creation of job opportunities in the area.”
The move follows the recent appointment of John Cowen, to spearhead Dicksons’ wholesale offering, plus the promotion of Elena Dickson as a board director.
Managing director Michael Dickson, said: “We are pleased to be welcoming someone of Harry’s experience and calibre to the senior management team, and are confident that he will be a real asset as we move towards the future.”
Established in South Shields in 1953, as a stand-alone pork butcher, Dicksons now employs 240 staff in the region across a 22-shop chain.
With a head office and production facility in South Shields, the company sells a wide range of premium meat products, including freshly-cooked deli meats, sausages, bacon, pies and a selection of hot and cold food on the go.