A Happy 2024 to all of our customers! Thank you for supporting our small family business for another year! 2023 was another busy year in the Romney's Factory, Office & Warehouse and we thought it would be a good time to share the Romney's 2023 highlights and news you might have missed.
January - A Romney's Legend Retired
Everyone at George Romney Ltd wished a very happy retirement to our warehouse manager Malcolm, who retired after 67 years of service to the business. Mal started working for the company in 1955 at the age of 15 and has worked for all four generations of the family! He was an integral part of Romney's success over the years and was a true pleasure to work with.
May - North West Family Business Awards People's Choice Cumbria Winners!
May - Partnerships with the Everest 70 Group
Later in May, George Romney Ltd announced a new partnership with the Everest 70 group starting from the 29th May 2023 - the 70th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay. To celebrate this anniversary Romney's designed the Everest Crate.
Each crate contains individually wrapped White Kendal Mint Cake, brown Kendal Mint Cake & chocolate covered Kendal Mint Cake. George Romney Ltd will donate a percentage of revenue from each sale to the Himalayan Trust UK, with donations being made every 6 months. This donation, alongside product donations made to the Everest 70 group for events across New Zealand & UK, will enable the Himalayan Trust to continue its important work in Nepal and provide support for the mountain people in the country.
August - Great Taste Award Winners
In August our famous White Kendal Mint Cake received a prestigious one-star Great Taste Award! Great Taste is the world's largest and most trusted food and drink accreditation scheme. A panel of over 500 experts, including chefs, buyers food writers & retailers, provide straightforward and impartial feedback. Only 40% on entries receive a coveted Great Taste Award and we are thrilled to receive this highly respected seal of approval.
September - The County Show
"The 2023 Westmorland County Show is the first time we have had a trade stand at an event of this size, so we really didn’t know what to expect going into it. I’m thrilled to say that it was a very successful week for us and it was great to see so many familiar faces! We also really enjoyed introducing Romney’s Kendal Mint Cake to so many new people. Our hand made fudge bags we’re also extremely popular and the butter fudge samples went down a treat! Thank you to everyone who visited our trade stand and for supporting our 4th generation family business.” - Paula Barron, Romney’s Sales Director
October - The Struggle Hill Climb
George Romney Ltd were proud to sponsor the 2023 National Hillclimb Championship on Sunday 29th October, which saw over 400 riders fight their way up the infamous Struggle. Located just outside Ambleside, the Struggles takes competitors on a 2.67 mile ride, featuring an average gradient of 8.2% and a maximum gradient of 24%!
Started in 2019 by Jack Talbot, the charity event is in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance, who saved Jack's life in 2017. Each rider received a complimentary bar of Romney's Kendal Mint Cake at the event sign in booth. Romney's also donated over £250 in prizes to the various categories 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers.
The event has so far raised a staggering £14,000 for the Great North Air Ambulance! We would like to say thank you to our fellow title sponsors Wheelbase, who did a brilliant job of designing the finish line banners. A big thank you to all of the volunteers who made the day run smoothly, the spectators who created a brilliant atmosphere. Finally, and the biggest thank you of all, to Jack Talbot who has put so much into this event over the years. Jack should be extremely proud of what he has created and everyone at Romney's feel privileged to play a small role.