Family business takes the plaudits

Congratulations to NutreeLife. The fast-growing family company that specialises in plant-based protein foods was named ‘Small Business of the Year’ in the 2021 Be Inspired Business Awards (BiBAs).

Co-founders Patrick Mroczak and Adam Hodgkinson, with staff members, received their prestigious award at a prize giving ceremony held at Blackpool Tower. They were one of 18 businesses honoured at the event.

Patrick described it as a “cracking night”. He said: “We had a super time with our staff, and we are honoured to have won this prestigious award.”

It is NutreeLife’s second major success in the BiBAs. It won the best new business at the 2019 awards.

The business has also seen its turnover soar since its move into new purpose-built manufacturing premises in 2020.

It made the move from Preston to the Dakota Business Park in Burscough, investing £1.5m in new equipment on its journey to future growth.

NutreeLife, which has a 71-strong workforce, makes high quality protein bars, snacks and burger mixes that are high in protein and low in sugars. Its clients include a number of major UK brands.

With support from WNJ, the business has also been able to invest heavily in the Research and Development work that is central to its success.

WNJ has advised NutreeLife on its successful applications for R&D tax relief, which supports businesses in all sectors working on innovative projects in science and technology.

It can be claimed by a range of companies that seek to research or develop an advance in their field. It can even be claimed on unsuccessful projects.

The company was created to “make great nutrition accessible for all” and its founders Patrick and managing director Adam Hodgkinson have years of experience and dedication in the food, nutrition and beverage industry.

They set out to establish NutreeLife after recognising a gap in the market for a vegan and ‘free-from’ range of protein supplements.

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