THU 17TH AUG 2017

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Bringing the family business community together

Hear What The UK's Oldest Butcher Has To Say!

Richard Balson

Position: Owner

Company: RJ Balson & Son Ltd

Sector: Food & Drink

 

Business Address: RJ Balson and Son. 9 West Allington, Bridport, Dorset DT6 5BJ

 

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Company Description

Currently run by the 28th generation of the family, the oldest butcher and direct lineage family firm in the UK!

Question & Answers with Richard Balson

What Does Your Family Business Do?
We are a retail family butcher based in Dorset and the oldest family owned butcher in the UK having traced our heritage back to 1515.

How Did You Get Involved? 
Born in to the Butchery craft.

What Did You Want To Be When You Grew Up? 
Footballer, but not good enough.  

What Are Your First Memories Of The Family Business? 
Skinning rabbits at  the age of 7 years old with my father.

What Values Are Important In Your Family/Family Business? 
Offering great service to the public with pleasure and pride.

What Is The Best Thing About Being A Family Business? 
You are in control of your own destiny.  You only get out what you are prepared to put in.

And The Worst? 
Unnecessary paper work. 

What Is The Best Thing About Your Working Day?
Looking forward to servicing my customers.

What Is Your Proudest Family Business Achievement? 
Being recognized as not only the oldest, but being one of the best in our occupation.

Is There A Next Generation Waiting In The Wings To Take Over? 
Yes, but when the time is right.

What Do You See As The Biggest Challenge Facing Family Businesses? 
Staying ahead of the competition of the supermarkets.

What Words Do You Associate With Family Businesses? 
Top quality, personal service and commitment to customer’s requirements.

Words Of Wisdom – What Piece Of Advice Would You Pass On To Someone Thinking About Joining The Family Business? 
Be prepared for long hours, plenty of hard work and you will reap and enjoy the benefits of being your own boss in control of your own destiny.

 

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