THE Ulverston Meat and Co wholesale meat supplier has been a stable of the community for many years and has worked to provide services to businesses across the county.

The popular meat company is well known for offering quality meat products to hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafes, care homes, schools, as well as owning a factory shop on North Lonsdale Road.

They have also built an extensive network which operates beyond the county's borders and serves institutions, businesses and schools from Manchester and Liverpool to Carlisle.

Owner, Dan Weston, who launched the business in 2016, said: "We opened on April 1, 2016.

"April Fool's Day. A crazy day to open a business but it looks like it worked out just fine.

"It's been a very good move to open the business, although the pandemic made things very different.

"It made us think different, behave differently, and hopefully time will tell if we can grow even more.

"We had a great group of staff members and a very loyal base of customers.

"There have been some very exciting contracts created in the area, and outside the area.

"We're always looking for more and how to improve.

"As a company we are also part of a big group of companies in the region.

"There is also the Lakes Speciality Foods, the Cheese Larger in Kendal, Plumgarths, Todds and us.

"We are brother and sister companies, and joint owners of all the companies. We work for each other and with each other.

"It all began in 2004 and nearly twenty years later it is going strong.

"We do a lot of business online, ordering and delivering products, and we work a lot with supplying schools.

"Our supply chain is everything from Liverpool to Carlisle, and everywhere in between.

"We work with everyone from schools, hotels, hospitals, care homes, pubs and restaurants.

"If you want our products, we'll be there for you.

"It all offers a lot of potential for networking, building connections and growing as an industry.

"We work and think differently.

"There is a lot of stuff we are associated with through our business model and approach.

"There is a lot of room for opportunity and expansion in this business which is what we like to work toward.

"It is a very affirming and satisfying industry to work in.

"After all we've been through, we just aim to crack on. We have to be flexible and follow our aim to provide a good service, which we will never compromise on in that regard.

"What was cheaper today was expensive yesterday, and what was expensive two years ago is becoming cheap so it's important to be in tune with the market."