My father, Tony, started in the trade in 1970 with a mobile shop, then in 1976 came the opportunity for him to run his own shop premises. Working alongside him was his wife Judy, my Mum – who is still in the firm today, and together they ran the business very successfully for many years; I can remember as quite a young child helping to stock the shelves and weighing up the 5lb potato bags to earn some pocket money! So fruit and vegetables are somewhat in the blood.
For the next few years Dad spent time working as a salesman in the Leicester Wholesale Fruit Market and then a brief time was spent in Cambridgeshire working for a large salad producer supplying wholesale markets around the country.
Moving back home to Leicester Dad started up his own business. This time with all his experience and knowledge of the trade he came up with the idea to supply retailers, offering a delivery service for their specific requirements. This became very popular and the business really took off and grew rapidly. Mum once again became a crucial part of the business. After finishing my education I too joined the company. Here we are 25 years later, our very successful business at the Leicester Fruit and Vegetable Market continues to thrive and grow, meeting the demands of customers all over the Midlands.