Cranstons Quality Butchers are heading down to London tomorrow (Wednesday 24th January) to take part in Cumbria Day at the Houses of Parliament.
The event aims to provide the opportunity for high-profile business networking in the capital. Cranstons and the Toffee Shop, both based in Penrith, were selected by Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart, after an online poll with constituents nominated the two to represent the constituency.
Cranstons will be showcasing their most popular products at the event, with Orton Grange and Retail Manager Peter Potts representing the Cumbrian butchers.
Peter said: ‘’I am excited to have been asked to represent Cranstons and indeed the wider Cumbrian food industry on Westminster’s Cumbria Day. It will be great to showcase Cranstons produce and to talk to MPs and civil servants about Cumbria’s strong food offer.
"In my role as Cranstons Retail Manager I am lucky to work with over 50 Cumbrian food and drink businesses all passionately producing great tasting products from traditional products like our own Cumberland sausage; Country Pudding’s sticky toffee pudding; and Paddigill Farm’s rum butter to more innovative products like Gingerbread Vodka, Mr Vikki’s fusion pickles and Hawkshead Relish’s Black Garlic Ketchup. Any event which highlights the strength of Cumbria as a foodie destination is to be applauded.”
Neil Boustead of The Toffee Shop, also attending alongside Peter, said: ''I am thrilled to have been invited by Rory Stewart to represent Cumbria's vibrant food and drink industry at Westminster on Cumbria day, particularly as Rory asked his constituents to nominate their favourite Cumbrian businesses to attend. Cumbria's food and drink scene is thriving at the moment with both traditional brands like my own and exciting new start-ups. Getting the chance to promote our counties great produce at Westminster is a real privilege.”
Rory Stewart MP said: “Small business and food production both play a crucial part in the Cumbrian economy, and that is why I am so pleased that the Cumbria Day initiative has been such an incredible success. This opportunity to network on a national stage helps Cumbria, and Cumbrian businesses, to connect and grow, and I am thrilled to be taking Neil and Peter to London to be part of that.