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One of UK’s well-known businesses so impressed with Ruddi’s catering it ordered hundreds of Christmas hampers

Ruddi’s produced hundreds of Christmas hampers for a company  that makes some of Britain’s best-known brands and is keen to do more work for corporate clients.

Ruddi’s Retreat is largely funded through our Slaithwaite café, shop and catering business and corporate clients have become the charity’s lifeblood.

We have a close link-up with Colne Valley based pharmaceutical company Thornton and Ross which has a large manufacturing site in Linthwaite and its offices in the imposing Globe Mill in the centre of Slaithwaite. Thornton and Ross makes some of Britain’s biggest brand names and its impressive list includes the UK’s leading disinfectant Zoflora along with cough medicine Covonia.

To celebrate its 100th anniversary in October it held a giant tea party for its 450 staff and Ruddi’s did all the catering.

They were so impressed they called in Ruddi’s again for Christmas hampers that include handmade treats from Ruddi’s for its workforce.

Thornton and Ross’ sister company, Manchester-based vaping products manufacturer NextGEN360 Ltd, also ordered hampers from Ruddi’s for its staff, bringing the total to 865.

Ruddi’s founder Ali Waterworth said: “I can’t stress how important it is for the charity to have brilliant corporate support like this, especially in the aftermath of the Covid pandemic and now that we are in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis. We always provide top quality treats and food using local suppliers to protect local jobs and only use the best such as Bolster Moor and Brosters farm shops.”

Ruddi’s often provides catering to another of Huddersfield’s best-known companies, David Brown Santasalo, along with the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre next to the University of Huddersfield which is the base for several pioneering business enterprises.

Julia Wood, managing director of NextGEN360, said: “We’ve been thrilled to be able to support Ruddi’s Retreat and give them a chance to continue their amazing work into 2023 and beyond.”

Thornton and Ross managing director Rudolf Baer added: “We are delighted to be able to support Ruddi’s Retreat, a local charity that delivers directly on the purpose of our parent group, STADA, which is caring for people’s health as a trusted partner.”

Every time someone buys something from Ruddi’s shop or catering business they are helping the charity.