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Business of the year builds on its success

Turner's Pies

Turner’s Pies, winner of the Chichester Observer Business Awards 2014 Overall Business of the Year, has had yet another bumper year.

The West Sussex based business has built on the success recognised by the panel of judges and continues to grow and flourish, including the opening of a second pie shop in the county.

Turner’s Pies received the accolades of Best Retailer and Overall Business of the Year, while Philip Turner, who runs the family business, was named Young Achiever at the Awards ceremony last year.

Achieving such success at the University of Chichester sponsored Business Awards has proved a real boost to the company and has given them greater recognition in the region.

“Winning an award from an independent organisation is a fantastic feeling and gives all the staff in the company a real boost, everyone in any job likes a pat on the back to say 'well done' and we were over the moon to win three awards,” says Philip Turner (below).

Turner's Pies

“We love the recognition and the profile this win has given us but we won’t let it go to our heads! Our produce and customers service is, and always will be, top of our agenda.

“As my father, Pip Turner said when he collected the award, “All you need is a good product and good service” which I think sums us up perfectly.”

Philip was inspired to enter the awards after seeing the publicity surrounding previous award winners in the newspaper each year.

Having initially entered the awards just hoping to be shortlisted in one of the categories, he was delighted to not only be shortlisted but to win three categories, including Overall Business of the Year.

“The judges were very impressed with how much the business had achieved in terms of being a small family-owned business in Bognor Regis that has consistently retained its reputation for making and baking excellent pies since 1933,” says James Stoner, Managing Director JSPC Computer Services Ltd and 2014 panel judge.

“A number of changes introduced in the business over the last few years have resulted in their list of awards and accolades, but they have managed to retain their customer focus and grass roots ethos.

“The business recognises and focuses on its core product and doesn’t try to be something it’s not. It seeks, and achieves, excellence in what it does.”

Turner's Pie shop front

Turner’s Pies is a real family business with a long history which began over 80 years ago when Eva and Reginald Turner started making and selling pies in Bognor Regis in the 1930s.

After 30 years their steak and kidney pie had become famous throughout the town and their three children began to learn the trade.

In 1985 Eva’s youngest son Pip started making pies from home to sell to local butchers and delicatessens and soon demand was high for their top quality pies.

Five years later the first Turner’s Pies shop opened in Bognor Regis and the guarded family recipes were developed and refined for over 20 years.

In 2009 Pip’s youngest son Philip took the reins of the family business along with his two elder brothers Joseph and Peter.

Since then they have won a number of prestigious awards including “England’s Best Steak Pie” and “British Pie Award Champion”.

Their steak and stilton pie was named in the Guild of Fine Foods “Top 50 Foods in the UK” and this was closely followed by Harrods of Knightsbridge choosing to stock Turner’s Pies in their world famous food halls.

And in 2014 a second pie shop was opened in Rustington where the family business continues to thrive.

For further information about the 2015 Chichester Observer Business Awards visit www.jpsouthevents.co.uk and see the shortlisted companies here.

For more about Turner's Pie go to http://www.turnerspies.co.uk.