Interesting interview with Wilf Lewis of Lewis Pies, on the business transformation that he has led and the success it led to.
Myself and Collingwood have worked with a number of family owned businesses and it is great to see a similar business with the drive and ambitions to develop and make change.
Since joining the company two years ago, family Sunday dinners have never quite been the same. My father and his brother had grown the business fantastically well up until that point, but I could see that the business was in need of modernising. Manufacturing has moved on a tremendous amount in the past 20 years, and it would be fair to say the company hadn’t kept up with the pace. In 2009, the company completed a £2M expansion, increasing production space and adding a new 200 pallet freezer, new butchery and improved staff facilities. I really wanted to add a new dimension to the business and evoke some serious change, which has actually been pretty difficult, given the family dimension.