Meat Industry’s Finest Celebrated at Meatup

12/6/2017 - Posted in: General news

Meatup, one of the biggest events in the meat industry calendar took place at Arena MK in Milton Keynes on 24-25 May. The two day event consisted of seminars, competitions and exhibitions,  all of which demonstrated the dynamism of the meat industry today. Here we take a look at some of the highlights.

Success for first Level 2 Butchery Trailblazer Apprentices


After successfully completing their End Point Assessments (EPA’s), Walter Smith apprentices, Reece Nevard, Curtis Brind and Stephen Maltby were each presented with their Institute for Apprenticeships Apprenticeship completion certificates by Bill Jermey, Chairman of the Institute of Meat.

The Crosby Butchery Training apprentices are not only the first to reach their Butchery EPA, they are in fact the first apprentices in the entire food industry to complete their apprenticeships.

Commenting on their achievement Bill said,

“Reece, Stephen and Curtis are trailblazers in their own right, and should be very proud of themselves. They are the first of what will soon be hundreds undertaking the Butchery Apprenticeship. It’s no exaggeration to say it could quite simply transform the meat industry in the next few years.”

To find out more about Butchery End Point Assessment, contact us

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Award winning Butchery employer stresses value of apprenticeships

Lucianne Allen, Sales and Marketing Director of Aubrey Allen gave an impassioned speech on how the Butchery Apprenticeship not only provided genuine career opportunities for young people, but also provided the means to drive businesses forward too.



As Chair of the Trailblazer Group which developed the Level 2 Butcher Standard, she stressed the value of trades like Butchery. Mastering the craft of butchery deserves respect as a career goal in itself, she said, for the specialist skills and knowledge it demands. Progressing onto other roles within meat businesses, such as technical or management is also a real option that many apprentices might consider after completing their butchery apprenticeship.

For further information about apprenticeships and qualifications in the meat industry contact us

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Winner of Premier Young Butcher 2017 Competition Announced

Four talented young butchers showcased their skills in a fight to win the title of Premier Young Butcher 2017, a competition hosted by the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders. After an exhausting day James Gracey, of Quails Butchers, Northern Ireland, emerged triumphant. James who studies with Southern Regional College saw off competition from Jack Eagles of C Lidgate of London, Elsie Yardley of Hards of Halstead and


Thomas Lea of Walter Smith, who was declared runner-up.

Head Judge and CEO of the Institute of Meat, Keith Fisher said of the event,

“Competitions like this are important for the next generation. The skill level of these young people is nothing short of inspiring.”

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