Site visit sees local MP listening to local business

Just months after opening its doors to a national journalist, local family firm John Penny & Sons is welcoming local MP Stuart Andrew to tour its Rawdon factory.

Stuart will visit the firm, which employs 75 people at its 2-acre site, with meat inspector Jason Aldiss on Friday to discuss some of the challenges that face local businesses and to learn more about product traceability in the meat sector from one of the industry’s leading lights.

Says John, who runs the 73-year old business with his brother, David Penny: “We’re always happy to welcome people to tour the factory, because we believe people have the right to know exactly where the meat they buy comes from.

“The idea of touring an abattoir isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but everyone who has visited our site – from within and outside the industry – has left with a desire to know more about the provenance of the meat they buy and an assurance that animal welfare is paramount in this business.

“We’re keen for as many people as possible to learn more about where their food comes from, and our doors are always open to members of the local community.”

Stuart Andrew adds, “This is one of the area’s key employers, not to mention longest standing businesses. Having survived – and thrived – through both the BSE and foot and mouth crises over the last decade, I have no doubt that John Penny & Sons’ success in the current economic climate is down to a well-managed operation that is always looking forward.”