Business award for sweet makers

Boston MP Matt Warman during a tour of Jakemans operation last year.

Boston MP Matt Warman during a tour of Jakemans operation last year.

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A menthol sweet manufacturing company based near Boston has tasted success in a Greater Lincolnshire-wide awards scheme.

Jakemans has scooped the award for Sold Nationwide at this year’s Made in Lincolnshire Awards.

Organised by Streets Chartered Accountants, NatWest and Business Lincolnshire (part of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership), the awards aim to celebrate the manufacturing sector across Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire and showcase its diversity and creativity.

Jakemans, the second largest menthol confectionery brand in the UK, collected its honour at the Made in Lincolnshire Awards ceremony earlier this month.

It comes at a time of growth for the business.

Tony Bradshaw, plant manager at Jakemans, said: “We’re delighted that Jakemans has been recognised in business, winning an award for our success in sales of Jakemans across the nation.

“As a family owned and run business, we are passionate about providing secure and new employment opportunities to people in Lincolnshire, and growing the Boston-based manufacturing plant through investment.

“We have recently purchased an additional seven acres of land adjacent to our existing site to expand the business, so this award marks an exciting time in our growth plans.”

Established in 1907, Jakemans was acquired by family owned and operated business LanesHealth in 2007.

It has since received more than £5 million investment to keep the operation based in Sutterton and seen its workforce almost double.

Elizabeth Hughes-Gapper, brand manager for Jakemans, said: “We’re really pleased to have won the Made in Lincolnshire Award. As a business, Jakemans is going through an exciting time, recently purchasing a plot of land that is adjacent to our current site.”