Family firm marks milestone

Apr 18, 2011

 

The family-owned business is celebrating its 65th birthday this year and is planning to increase its contribution to the environment by growing on site as much of what is sold in the centre’s Food Hall as possible.
 
Home-grown produce will include asparagus, raspberries, rhubarb, carrot, courgette, lettuce, more than 60 varieties of pumpkins and 25 varieties of chillies.
 
Managing director James Frost said: “We want to reduce our food miles to food metres, and when, as will inevitably be the case we grow too much, the intention is to gift any surplus food to the Food Bank.”
 
Mr Frost said: “We are determined to keep the traditions of our family business at the forefront of our business ethics. 65 years is a tremendous landmark for the company. We are all proud of our heritage and of what has been achieved over the years.”
 
He is pictured (right) with fellow directors his brother Jeremy (left) and cousin Rupert. Frosts was founded by their grandfather Harvey in 1946.
 
lThe offices of business advisers Mazars in Central Milton Keynes became home to a growing pile of food as staff rallied to help a charity that supplies needy families.
 
Julie Waller, who works with the firm’s portfolio of international clients, asked colleagues for help after hearing that Food Bank’s stocks were running low. As part of the charity’s Big Little Give week, staff brought in food supplies.
 
Their support was mirrored at organisations across the city, including at Santander, Mercedes- Benz, DHL and many supermarkets.
 
Food Bank distributed more than 5,200 bundles of food to needy families last year. It works with more than 80 referring organisations, including hospitals, medical centres, charities and Milton Keynes Council. It relies on donations of food and money from businesses, schools, churches and individuals.
 
Project manager Sue Wall said: “So much food has been given. This call for help has turned out to engage an entire cross-section of the local community.”
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