BOSSES at a new Rawmarsh sandwich shop are anything but pig sick – after winning one of the highest hygiene ratings in the region... just four weeks after opening!
The highly-sought-after four-star award went to Porkeys sandwich shop, jointly owned by brothers-in-law duo Keane Fletcher and Stephen Benton on Rawmarsh Hill.
Before launching the new venture, Keane and Stephen had more than 60 years combined service as a butcher and a dairy farmer.
Although they are “delighted” with the four star rating, the ambitious entrepreneurs are now working towards achieving a coveted five stars, achieved by only one other sandwich shop in South Yorkshire.
Keane said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded the four-star rating for hygiene, by the food safety team, but we know we can easily reach the five-star mark, which will put us a cut above the rest in the sandwich industry”.
The successful shop has recently been boosted by a grant of £500 from the Rotherham Enterprise Project, after Keane and Stephen asked them for help with the cost of state-of-the-art equipment needed for the business.
The Rotherham Enterprise Project is part financed by The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Stephen said: “We approached the organisation after hearing they helped start up businesses like ours flourish in the first few months of trading by offering advice and financial support.
“We spoke to Julia Millea, a business coach from the project, who helped us secure a grant which has been put towards a hot counter we needed to cut up the meat used in our sandwiches including pork, beef and turkey.
“It’s great to have such a fantastic piece of equipment and I’m sure the added addition has put us that little bit closer to our fifth star – a big thanks to Julia and her team for their support. It’s been fantastic.”
Julia, from Rotherham Enterprise, said: “Keane and Stephen are great guys with a common goal – to provide Rotherham with some of the best sandwiches around.
“It’s great to see them turning an idea into a huge success.”