John Lewis Partnership chairman Charlie Mayfield was among high-profile figures from the food and drink sector to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Sir Charlie, a former army officer, was awarded a knighthood for services to business. He joined the employee-owned group in 2000 as head of business development, before becoming chairman in 2007. It recently reported a 15.8% leap in annual profits to £409.6m.
Wade Lyn, founder and MD of Caribbean pattie manufacturer Cleone Foods, who is also a board member of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, was awarded a CBE for services to business in the West Midlands.
“I am deeply proud to have been deemed worthy for such an accolade and I extend my gratitude to my business colleagues at the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP and wider business fraternity for their open acknowledgement that my very small contribution is worthy of reward,” said Lyn.
James Lambert, executive chairman and CEO of R&R Ice Cream, was awarded an OBE for services to manufacturing in North Yorkshire. R&R is Europe’s second-largest ice cream manufacturer and in April this year was acquired by PAI Partners.
Phil Orford, CEO of the Forum of Private Business, was awarded an MBE for services to small and medium enterprises. “No one should underestimate the importance of small business to the economy in the current climate, and if the forum can help play even just a small part, then the hard work is all the more worthwhile,” he said.
Catherine Longmore, who at over 80 continues to run a Costcutter store in Rothes, Scotland, was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the economy and to the community in Rothes, Morayshire.