THE man who set up a Tenbury business that is now trading around the world has paid tribute to staff at Orchard Valley Foods.

“We have three units there, a large site in Leominster, manufacturing in Sweden and Cornwall, offices in Germany and Melbourne,” said Mike Forrester.

“Great expansion but there are some local people who have been with us for the journey. Tomorrow as I write, 6th March,

“We have some ten years, long service awards. I thank the people we are acknowledging for their loyalty and dedication helping the business become a global player, securing jobs and employment in Tenbury and the immediate area.

“Some have moved on, in many cases its due to the training and education opportunities we have provided to help them secure jobs that 10 years ago they didn’t have the skills, education or confidence to secure.

“It’s a great legacy to see people achieve their full potential. Today we have the most competent and motivated team of people in our various businesses that I have ever had the privilege of working with, which makes almost anything possible. It’s all down to our amazing team of people and I’m proud to know you all.”