Launch of Smaller Abattoir Fund welcomed by campaigners

13 December 2023 The Smaller Abattoir Fund [1] has been launched today to provide grants to smaller red meat and poultry abattoirs in England. The launch of the fund sends a positive message that the Government recognises small abattoirs are an important part of the food supply chain. This fund will be a crucial step […]

National Craft Butchers Product Awards 2023

The first results are in for Butchery’s most coveted awards! Today, Craft Butchers from England and Wales will receive their eagerly awaited results, from National Craft Butchers Product Awards. After being blind tasted by a team of expert judges, each butcher will find out if any of their products have scooped a prestigious gold, silver, […]

Women in Meat Awards shortlist announced – Vote Now!

The Women in Meat Industry Awards Shortlist was announced last week, these awards are designed to recognise the vitally important contributions that women make to the meat sector. This unique awards initiative is driven by Meat Management reader nominations and votes, with an expert judging panel gathering to select the overall Meat Businesswoman of the […]

Retail Payments Survey 2023

From Cash to Contactless – Retailer Group Leads Study on Payment Trends in Retail The Independent Retailers Confederation (of which National Craft Butchers is a member) will be working with key financial institutions within the UK to gauge the shift in retail payments. The IRC has partnered with UK Finance, HM Treasury, Bank of England, […]

Abattoir closures impacting farming and food business across the UK, survey finds

A survey of more than 1,300 farming and food businesses across the UK found that access to local abattoir services was essential for many of them to operate, with 88% stating their abattoir was either important or essential to the success of their business, while 64% felt the availability, or lack of availability, of a […]

Energy Bill Discount Scheme

The Energy Bill Relief Scheme currently provides a discount on wholesale gas and electricity prices for all non-domestic consumers. This includes public sector organisations, voluntary sector organisations like charities, and businesses. The scheme came into effect on 1 October 2022 and was always intended to run until 31 March 2023. The new scheme has a […]

NCB Business Update: Mini Budget & Energy Relief

Mini-Budget: Highlights for Butchers Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his Growth Plan 2022 to Parliament, we have pulled some of the key aspects together below Cut in basic rate of income tax to 19% from April 2023 Reverse recent rise in National Insurance (NI) from 6 November Annual investment allowance, the amount companies can […]

World Butchers Challenge Winners Announced!

After going knife-to-knife with a record 12 other countries at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, The Butcher Wolfpack of Germany were named the best butchers in the world at this year’s World Butchers’ Challenge, also known as the ‘Olympics of Meat’.  The team of six butchers from Germany were awarded gold and received the […]