We are delighted to announce that Sir Jim Walker of Walker has been included within the inaugural Family Business United ‘Family Business Top 100,’ which recognises the exceptional contribution of individuals and their work within a family business.
Recognition in respect of:
- Inspirational Leadership
- Family Business Steward
- Multi-Generational Family Business Leader
It was over a hundred years ago that the Walker family started baking shortbread in the Speyside village of Aberlour where they remain to this day.
Joseph Walker founded the company when he opened his village bakery in 1898; now it is his grandchildren and great grandchildren that continue the tradition of fine baking that he started. In fact, the founder’s personal guarantee is still marked on every pack to confirm that Walker’s products are made with only the finest ingredients obtainable.
Though the Walker family have added many new products to their range during the last century, each and every one holds to those original values of quality and natural goodness.
Jim, the grandson of Joseph, joined the family business in 1962 when it was still a village bakery. Along with his brother Joe and sister Marjorie, he has built up the company to become the largest family-owned biscuit manufacturer in the UK and a globally recognised brand.
Sir Jim is a family business great and fully deserves recognition, not just for what he has done for the family business but the broader family business sector too. He has helped develop a globally recognised brand and created a business that continues to innovate and adapt to the modern world in which we live, a far cry form the world when the business was founded in back in 1898. The next generation are now fully engaged within the business whilst he continues to have a role within the business today too.
He is a remarkable man and has been on a remarkable family business journey, a journey that deserves to be recognised and we are delighted with his inclusion in the Family Business Top 100, an accolade that he truly deserves.