Worcestershire gritting company crowned Family Business of the Year 

Mark and Nikki Rogers from AA Salt

A thriving family-owned business from Worcestershire has lifted one of the county’s top business awards.

The very approporiately-named AA Salt, which helps hundreds of local businesses keep their premises safe by gritting and snow ploughing their car parks in the winter, has won the Family Business of the Year category at the 2019 Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber Business Awards.

Formed in 2002, the family firm is run from its Himbleton-headquarters by Nikki Rogers, husband Mark, and son Ben Tanner. Over the past 17 years they have gone on to employ 27 full-time and seasonal workers and grown to 400 customers.

Mrs Rogers, Managing Director of the winter maintenance company said: “We were over the moon just to be told we had been shortlisted for the award. However, to go and actually win is just a fantastic moment for us, especially as we were up against other really successful family businesses.

“Everyone knows that running your own business takes over your life and needs every ounce of effort to make it a success. We are no different and it is moments like this which make all the hard work and commitment worth it.

“This award is for everyone at AA Salt. We have such amazing staff who are passionate about the business and continue to help us to grow our customer base. Equally our customers are superb, some of whom have been with us from day one. This is a really terrific milestone and I’d like to thank those who have taken the time to send us their best wishes and congratulations.”

AA Salt was widely praised in 2018 for how it kept businesses running after heavy snow hit Worcestershire – disrupting the county for almost a month. Working up to 24 hours every day, the team spread nearly 1,000 tonnes of salt onto car parks and roads to help keep the county moving. This included for doctors’ surgeries, hospitals, universities, schools, offices, supermarkets and sporting arenas.

The company has a fleet of 12 vehicles – a number which continues to rise.

This year’s Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Awards were held at Worcester Arena with hundreds of guests attending.