The cream of Dorset’s businesses was celebrated at the Dorset Business Awards 2018 Gala dinner last night, November 1.

Fittingly, BV Dairy from Shaftesbury, won the Lester Aldridge Company of the Year award after a unanimous vote.

Jack Highnam and his son Christopher, started the business in 1958 and initially specialised in producing cream, clotted cream and other dairy products.

After the move to Shaftesbury, in 1985, the company expanded and diversified its product range as concerns surfaced about saturated fats. A key feature of the company, still owned by the Highnam family and employing 122 staff, is the willingness to introduce new products.

Lead judge Grant Esterhuizen, partner and head of the corporate and commercial team at Lester Aldridge, said the judges were particularly impressed with BV Dairy.

“It has a great ethos and is actively and positively involved in the Dorset community, and concerned for the environment. BV Dairy is focused on investing to procure growth. It is a successful business in a sector that experiences pressure on margins and has, in fact, delivered impressive growth. This makes BV Dairy this year’s clear winner for the award, and for Dorset,” he said.

Pictured above: Grant Esterhuizen, Lester Aldridge (left), Charis Lewis and Jim Highnam, BV Dairy, Matthew Barrow, Lester Aldridge.

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