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Deborah Bolton has been named Businesswoman of the Year by East Midlands Chamber

Addo Food Group’s Riverside Bakery and Dorset Foods managing director Deborah Bolton has been named Businesswoman of the Year by East Midlands Chamber.

Deborah was nominated by her colleagues to receive the award in recognition of 10 years of growth and success the Addo site in Nottingham has experienced under her leadership.

Deborah is the only managing director within the business to manage more than one site due to her expertise and experience in the food industry.  Last year Deborah was also a nominee in the Nottingham Evening Post’s Women in Business Awards for her exceptional leadership skills.

Samantha Hart, Head of Group HR at Addo Food Group, who nominated Deborah for the award said: “Deborah is an inspiration to so many at Addo as she constantly drives the business forward and identifies opportunities that keep the site thriving.  She also sees the importance of developing the social side of the business and she has been the one behind developing the family-friendly atmosphere that resonates throughout the site.”

Deborah introduced a programme that provides opportunities for children of employees to complete work experience at Riverside Bakery. It was introduced to give young people the opportunity to see their parents at work and help to develop local talent. Deborah has also been the driving force behind Riverside’s support for the community that has seen staff raise more than £50,000 for charity since 2012.

The site has also made it a mission to improve its carbon footprint and under Deborah’s leadership Riverside Bakery has become a leader in environmental excellence that has been recognised by two separate industry bodies for its efforts.

Deborah Bolton said: “I was incredibly honoured to be nominated for the award by my colleagues. More than 300 people work at our site in Nottingham and each and every one works together as a team to help make the business the success it is.”