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Hawkshead Relish Announces Team Additions

Hawkshead Relish Announces Team Additions

Growing sales both national & internationally have led to Hawkshead Relish to expand the sales & marketing team.

Jonathan Robb has joined Hawkshead Relish as Senior Sales Manager responsible for UK wide accounts bringing with him his 27 years experience & success gained at Lakeside Hotel, Newby Bridge.

Also joining the family owned business; which was conceived by co-owners & directors Mark & Maria Whitehead will be their daughter Izzy Whitehead who is taking over as Marketing Coordinator.

Kate Nicholson who overseas sales & marketing activity is now a director of this dynamic, regional company renowned for their exceptional range of award winning preserves.

Hawkshead Relish has enjoyed continued growth since its beginnings in 2001, now supplying their handmade preserves to the retail, hospitality, gift & manufacturing sectors as well as having a strong international presence in over 32 countries.

We are delighted with our appointments which we believe to bring together an energetic team that will continue as well as further develop the business’; comments Mark Whitehead.

‘We are of course thrilled that Izzy has decided to join the business. We are proud that we are very much a local business within the Hawkshead community; having another family member on board makes a wonderful addition to the company & a fantastic asset going forward’, adds Maria.

Hawkshead Relish have recently been awarded 3 further Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Food bring their total to a staggering 56 as well as finalists in the Food & Drink Federation awards in 2 categories  Growth Business in Northern England and Best UK Exporting Company to be announced on 7th September



History and ethos of the business.

The Hawkshead Relish Company was founded following the foot & mouth epidemic when Mark and Maria found their cafe devoid of customers and their livelihood threatened.


They looked to their skills and passions creating a small range of high quality handmade Relishes, Pickles and Preserves taking them to local shops. Within a few years they had won many awards and the cafe was closed to make space for production, which today is housed in lovely 16thC barn overlooking Esthwaite water just a mile from Hawkshead Village.


The couple remain adamant that their business remains sustainable and provides employment for local people who often have to move away from the area to find work.  They are keen champions for the food producers in Cumbria and although not available in the big supermarkets the Hawkshead Relish brand can be found at many small independent stockists throughout the UK and in the last few years they have successfully exported to over 20 countries worldwide.


The range which has expanded to almost 130 products is still made by hand using traditional open pans and without any additives, preservatives or flavourings, and to date have secured over 40 national and international awards.



Notes to Editors:

Attached images: Mark & Maria Whitehead with new Director Kate Nicholson, Sales & Marketing Manager Jonathan Robb & Izzy Whitehead


Kate Nicholson Sales/Marketing Director 

Jonathan Robb Sales Manager

Izzy Whitehead Market Coordinator

Maria Whitehead Director

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