News Poppy S Picnic Scoops Fresh Awards



Poppy’s Picnic scoops fresh awards
3rd October 2018

Poppy’s Picnic’s rise in the fresh raw pet food market has been recognised once again with a win in the Start-up of the Year category of the Business Leader Awards.

The win comes hot on the heels of a Wiltshire Business Award and finalist announcements in the upcoming Rural Business Awards and NatWest Great British Entrpreneur Awards.

Three of Poppy’s Picnic’s products also made the finals of the PetQuip Awards in the Pet Product of the Year category, beating off competition from hundreds of other entries and receiving highly commended recognition from the judges.

Celebrating the achievements of companies and the people who run them across the South West, the Business Leader Awards received more than 200 entries this year. The judges unanimously voted for Poppy’s Picnic to win the award.

Louise Mackintosh (above), director of Poppy’s Picnic, was on hand to receive the award from comedian Russell Kane at a Gala Dinner in Bristol.

Since declining investment opportunities on TV’s ‘Dragons’ Den’, including a £60,000 offer from Deborah Meaden, Poppy’s Picnic has overfunded to raise £600,000 through crowd funding, and has been part of the NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator Programme – a scheme for fast growth businesses – for the past 18 months. With the help of the bank, the business has grown from an idea hatched in founder and owner Dylan Watkins’ kitchen to a business valued at £4.8m.
Poppy’s Picnic meals are handmade by fourth generation Wiltshire butchers. A new manufacturing plant near Melksham, Wiltshire will be operational in the third quarter of this year  to support the production of new ranges and online orders, as well as enabling the business to expand its international and retail order capabilities. The company also plans to produce cat food from early next year.

Dylan is also a finalist in the Scale-Up Entrepreneur of the Year category in the Wales and South West region of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.