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Newark Business Awards 2024: Hall Farm Wild Bird Supplies wins Team of Year with Highfields School highly commended





The team at Hall Farm Wild Bird Supplies not only provides essential food for creatures, they have also become a crucial part of the community.

Diversification has proved key for the Weston-based company. Starting as farmers, they now have a country store, have their own brand of wild bird seed together with feeders and wildlife habitats to suit all, and also stock a wide selection of Hedgehog food and Hedgehog houses.

It is also home to the Birds Nest Coffee Lounge which has grown into a wonderful community base and meeting stop for many.

Winners of the Team of the Year Award was Hill Farm Wild Bird Supplies, pictured with judges Simon Gabbitas and James Carpenter, of Newark Business Club.
Winners of the Team of the Year Award was Hill Farm Wild Bird Supplies, pictured with judges Simon Gabbitas and James Carpenter, of Newark Business Club.

A strong and caring team, they aim to make each and every customer feel welcome and special and staff are encouraged to take time to talk and get to know customers, often going that extra mile to help them, from easing loneliness to helping update mobile phones.

The company has its own Knit and Natter Group and hosts an annual Macmillan coffee day which the whole team gets involved with, helping to raise thousands for the cause.

Leslie Tindall and Deb Bennett said: "We are ecstatic, we can't believe it.

Hill Farm Wild Bird Supplies won the Team of the Year category.
Hill Farm Wild Bird Supplies won the Team of the Year category.

"Our customers mean everything to us, they are our life and they were so supportive, telling us good luck for tonight and we can't wait to see their reactions when they see the award.

"We were not expecting this at all and we can't put it into words how much this means to us."

Highly commended in this category was Highfields School, of Newark.

Child and staff wellbeing is paramount at Highfields. and as a small independent school, it prides itself on all members of staff knowing every child in school really well.

Staff regularly work together to ensure the best academic outcomes for our pupils, sharing knowledge and expertise, and working on lesson plans together.

Highly-commended Team of the Year Highfields School, pictured with judges Simon Gabbitas and James Carpenter, of Newark Business Club.
Highly-commended Team of the Year Highfields School, pictured with judges Simon Gabbitas and James Carpenter, of Newark Business Club.

All staff support one another for the best outcomes for the children and the school, whether that is a member of staff stepping in so a form teacher can talk one to one with a child who has a concern or everyone pulling together to deliver a school production or a trip.

The success of this was highlighted in a recent glowing ISI inspection to which all staff members contributed.



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