‘We Hae Meat’ up for top award

We Hae Meat are celebrating another award nomination. Picture by Andy Buchanan.
We Hae Meat are celebrating another award nomination. Picture by Andy Buchanan.

Cairnhill Farm husband and wife Alex and Carlyn Paton are celebrating after they were nominated for a prestigious Scottish Business Awards.

Their ‘We Hae Meat’ firm have been nominated for Family Business of the Year with the winners being announced at a glamorous ceremony in Edinburgh in November.

Hollywood superstar George Clooney is set to address the duo at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre with the awards hosted by comedian, actor and presenter Rob Brydon so the Paton’s will be in illustrious company on November 12.

The Paton’s said they are ‘extremely proud’ to be nominated for the award where they are up against some well-known competition from across the country including Campbell and Kennedy, Albert Bartlett, Highlander, GAP Group, MacTaggart and Mickel, Little’s and Spectrum Service Solutions.

It is another recognition for the Paton’s who launched the firm in March 2007 as part of another project after their long established success in rearing cattle for four generations.

‘We Hae Meat’ have been consistently recognised at award ceremonies and in May this year their BBQ Pulled Pork Pie won a Gold award at the Scottish Craft Butchers Awards whilst they also picked up silver awards for their burger and BBQ Pulled beef pie.

In 2014, they picked up four silver awards at the Scottish Sliced Sausage Plus Evaluation awards for their Haggis Olive, Pork and Haggis Sausage, Onion and Chive and Healthier Steak Slice products.

The last 18 months has also seen them major deals with ASDA to stock their beef products and Scotch Pies, which include balmoral chicken and chicken curry.

This summer also saw them launch the Scottish Burger Company into 49 Tesco stores in Scotland promising 100% trustworthy meats in their products.

Their expansion to triple the size of their factory at Cairnhill has seen a jobs boost for the area.

The Paton’s pride themselves on quality, tradition and product innovation to keep We Hae Meat’s success going and they strive for full traceability in products from the rearing of the cattle to butchering and manufacturing.

The awards ceremony is one of the highlights in the social calendar and is supported by the Royal Bank of Scotland and will be attended by 2,000 business leaders from across Scotland and the UK.