James has a background in both senior management and business ownership in the meat processing industry. Ahead of his successful career, he attended Smithfield College in London and graduated as a Member of the Institute of Meat. Following this and during his time with the family business, M Newitt & Sons, he was instrumental in winning the Coutts bank award for Best Family Business in 2005, as well as a Grocer Gold Award for the Best Supplier Partnership with Musgrave Group. Now as Managing Director of Meatsnacks Group, James is driving growth through strategic planning, high-level retail account management and leadership of a 100+ team. A measure of his success is the fact that Meatsnacks Group supplies all of the UK’s grocery and convenience chains (resulting in nearly 80% market share in the category), plus exporting to 27 countries.