Thursday, 6 October 2011

Local firm gets support for expansion at Tory conference

Baroness Warsi and MP Eric Ollerenshaw drop in on Drinkwater's Mushrooms, meeting Technical Manager Jane Drinkwater and Lancaster and Morecambe College Student Tom Dicken
Local firm Drinkwater's Mushrooms were in full flow at the Conservative Party Conference this week and it proved a massive success, with local MP Eric Ollerenshaw promising support for its expansion plans.

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi dropped in on the team and was very impressed with the quality of their mushrooms. As co-Chairman of the Conservative Party, Baroness Warsi was conducting a very busy schedule, but took the time to come and sample some freshly picked mushrooms as part of close to 1000 samples produced for dignitaries and delegates.

Lancaster and Fleetwood MP Eric Ollerenshaw was also pleased to visit the Drinkwater's Mushrooms team and was kind enough to meet with General Manager Neil Morris.

"It is a really crucial time for our business," said Morris, explaining this is the first time the company has been involved in such an event.

"We are currently looking to expand our premises in Galgate and are working very hard on renewable energy projects. The meeting with Eric was also a chance to emphasise how passionate we are about supporting the local community.

"Eric has assured us that he will do all that he can to support us".

Technical Manager Jane Drinkwater got the chance to stress that the business is still family run and owned after over 40 years of production.

"It was fantastic to meet so many people who share our passion for locally grown, British produce," she commented. "We are extremely proud of our heritage and it is events like this that give us the chance to demonstrate our commitment to the industry'.

BBC Radio 5 live presenter Richard Bacon was also a welcome guest of Drinkwater's Mushrooms. In fact, he took the time to tweet the team following the conference. "I sent Richard a message on Twitter to thank him for his visit" said Neil Morris. "He called it a pleasure and said our Mushrooms were tremendous, so we're thrilled he took the time and trouble to contact us".

Tom Dicken from Lancaster and Morecambe College was on hand to cook all the samples. "Tom was fabulous to work with' said Jane Drinkwater. 'We are really grateful for his hard work and to the college for their support".

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