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Rural Business Awards

Leading North Yorkshire animal feed manufacturer, I’Anson Brothers Ltd., has been named ‘Rural Business of the Year’ at the 2020 Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards.

The award recognises I’Anson’s continued growth, innovation and commitment to the rural community and comes as the business celebrates its 120th anniversary.  

I’Anson was especially commended by judges for creating jobs in the local community, increasing global exports, expanding product lines, investing in its future and achieving record turnover, as well as its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Founded in Masham in 1900, I’Anson Brothers has grown to become a leader in the production of animal feeds and supports customers regionally, nationally and internationally, exporting its specialist horse feed products to around 40 countries worldwide.

The business is family owned and managed and was founded by the great grandfather of the present directors, with the fifth generation of the I’Anson family now starting their careers with the business.

Last month, the firm started construction on a new £20m production facility at Dalton New Bridge, representing the largest investment in its 120-year history. The ultramodern facility has been designed to be as energy efficient as possible and will be one of the most technologically advanced feed mills in Europe, enabling I’Anson to increase production capacity and achieve continued growth in the years to come.
Chris I’Anson, Managing Director at I’Anson Brothers Ltd., said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised as Rural Business of the Year in what is a special time for us. This year marks our 120th as a business and to receive this award is testament to the brilliant work of all of our team, who we share this honour with.

“We are extremely proud of our Yorkshire roots, having been based in Masham for the entirety of our 120 year history and in this time, the company has grown from a local, one-man business to an international concern exporting to 40 countries and providing 90 jobs for local people.

“To be recognised for our growth, innovation and support of the local community in this way represents a most fitting and satisfying conclusion to what has already been a landmark year for the business.”

The Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards celebrates the region’s brightest, bravest and best performing companies and in a year with significant challenges, also recognises the firms which have weathered the storm the best and looked after their employees and customers.