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Anderson's Quality Butchers is a long established successful family run business in North Berwick – you may already know it, as it has a prominent position in the High Street and a great reputation!
John Anderson started his career as a butcher working for the Co-op, delivering meat from a van in the East Lothian area. He obviously made an impression as he was promoted to manager of the local Co-op shop. With the support of his then wife Liz, he decided to open up his own business along the High Street and this has been trading for the last 27years. John has since put his butcher’s knives to one side and the second generation are now in charge, with John’s son Ryan and his wife Moya looking after the day to day operation of the business. Who knows if one of Ryan’s three young sons might want to make this a third generation family business some day!
As with any business, it’s not always been plain sailing – in particular, in recent years, the business was hit by the Foot and Mouth outbreak and the BSE issue (better known as Mad Cow Disease to you and me) and plus more recently supermarkets have opened up in North Berwick. However, the business has stood its ground in competition against the giant supermarket chains. Ryan says “The reason for the continuing success of our business is twofold - we make sure we only sell high quality meat, sourced locally, and we employ talented staff who have the creative flair to develop products which offer our customers something a little bit special. That’s something the supermarkets don’t do”.
Indeed, a reflection of that creative flair is the success behind the many awards the business has won for its products including honours for their steak pies, game pies and haggis. And recently, they were awarded a Gold Award at The 2018 Scottish Craft Butcher Awards.
Springfords have enjoyed working with the family for almost 20 years and we currently provide the business with a totally outsourced bookkeeping and finance solution. Ryan says “Having Springfords prepare my books and records means I’m always up to date with compliance issues which keeps HMRC happy and allows me to sleep easy at night!"