New MD for Yorkshire butcher’s
Published:  24 February, 2015

Catering butcher’s The Yorkshire Dales Meat Company has announced the appointment of a new managing director.

James Knox, the new MD, succeeds his father Stephen, who started the business in 2004.

James joined the company in 2007 as factory manager after working for a meat and seafood importer and exporter. He progressed to the financial director role in 2012, and has now taken over from his father at the helm of the business.

Stephen Knox said: “We were all very keen that James didn’t just stride out of school and into Yorkshire Dales Meat Company at a senior level, as it wouldn’t have been right for him or the business.

“Instead, he went away to study and grafted hard elsewhere, before coming here to learn the ropes and earn his stripes.

“He has really thrived as a manager and has developed a fantastic understanding of this business and its markets. He has got lots of new ideas and ways of doing things, and the time is right for me to step aside and for him to take over.”

Since its founding, Yorkshire Dales had gone from selling meat at farmers’ markets to supplying supermarkets, restaurants and hotels in the North of England.

James Knox said: “It’s a really exciting time for our business, with things really picking up during 2014 after a testing few years, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge of driving the business forward.

“I’m fortunate to have a talented set of butchers and a strong team behind me, including our general manager, Jonathan Carter, who has more than 40 years’ experience of the trade and, of course, Stephen, who will continue in an advisory role.”