Award winning Cumbrian Butchers Cranstons this week announced the appointment of their first ever Retail Director, Martin Jones.
Martin, who has been working as the company’s Retail Manager in recent years, joined Cranstons back in 1983 as an apprentice to the late Jimmy Cranston, the current Directors’ father, at Cranstons original Kirkoswald shop.
As Retail Director, Martin will join brothers Philip and Roger Cranston on the board, along with Finance Director Charles Watt. Managing Director Philip said, ‘We are thrilled to announce Martin’s promotion to the position of Director. The new Retail Director position has been created for him in recognition of the pivotal role he has played in the smooth running of Cranstons retail operation in recent years. He will make a great addition to our senior team’.
When Martin joined the firm in 1983 aged 16, he travelled on his moped from Penrith every morning to work in the cutting room at Kirkoswald, which supplied two travelling shops and Cranstons small village shop. His first job of the day was to accompany the late Jimmy Cranston to the farm, feeding the cattle which were reared to supply the shop and vans.
Things have changed a little since those early days, as Cranstons has expanded significantly. Martin transferred from the original shop in Kirkoswald to Cranstons newly opened Penrith shop in 1983 to continue his butchery training, and at the age of just 21 was promoted to Shop Manager. Cranstons subsequently opened new branches in Carlisle (1985), Brampton (1990), and Hexham (1999). When in 2003 the company opened their biggest new venture to date, the new concept Cumbrian Food Hall, Martin was asked to manage the new outlet. After five successful years managing the Food Hall, Martin was promoted to the position of Cranstons Retail Manager, overseeing the running of Cranstons five outlets and blossoming online business.
Martin says, ‘When I started at Cranstons fresh out of school I never imagined I would still be here twenty eight years later, yet I can honestly say it’s been a real thrill to be involved with the company and its expansion over the years. The company today is very different to the company I joined, with its one shop and two delivery vans. I am looking forward to overseeing the continued expansion of the business in my new role.'
Outside work, Martin, who lives at Newbiggin, near Penrith, enjoys spending time with his partner Angela and daughter Hannah and plays Rugby for Penrith Vagabonds.