Dicksons butchers names new new factory general manager

A new general manager has been appointed at Dicksons to drive forward expansion plans

Managing director Michael Dickson with new general manager Harry Howarth
Managing director Michael Dickson with new general manager Harry Howarth

Family run butchers Dicksons has appointed a new factory general manager in a move which sees the establishment of a new senior management team to steer the firm into its next phase of growth and development.

New general manager Harry Haworth will be based at Dicksons’ head office in South Shields having spent the last five years building up and running a large bakery production complex in Saudi Arabia, having previously worked with Vale of Mowbray, Northern Foods, Heinz and William Jacksons.

His appointment comes after the business, which operates 22 stores across the North East and employs 240 staff, announced plans to re-fit its estate, open three new units and look to export markets, having posted revenues of £9.8m for the year to June 30 2013. Operating profits rose to £393,429 during the period, up from £219,856 in 2012.

Mr Haworth will be responsible for the day-to-day running of Dicksons’ 25,000 sq ft production facility and he will also introduce and implement a series of systems and procedures which will look to increase production at the plant, to support the firm’s ambitious growth plans across its portfolio of retail outlets and developments within its wholesale division.

He said: “Dicksons is a truly remarkable example of a business which combines commercial ambition with the strong values evident from its family heritage. Already seen as a real success story in our region, Dicksons has a vision for future growth across all areas and I am delighted to be part of a management team that is determined to see the firm push forward with its plans which will herald growth across all areas of the business and the creation of job opportunities in the area.”

Mr Haworth’s arrival coincides with the recent appointment of John Cowen, who was tasked with spearheading Dicksons wholesale offering, and more recently the promotion of Elena Dickson as a board director .

He added: “Working alongside Michael Dickson – and Elena – at this time in the firm’s development is a great opportunity.

“Dicksons is very much a family-run firm whose heritage runs through every aspect of the business - but the team are extremely open to new ideas and recognise the need to plan for the future, not just at senior management and director level, but with the creation of systems and employment opportunities in all areas to enable our ambitions to be recognised.”

Michael Dickson, managing director of Dicksons, said: “We are pleased to be welcoming someone of Harry’s experience and calibre to the senior management team and are confident that he will be a real asset as we move towards the future.”


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