OUR FAMILY, THEN AND NOW

We’ve been around for a long time. Some in Yorkshire may say we’re “as old as the hills”. It’s true, we’ve produced on the same site in Huddersfield for over a 100 years. So what’s our story? Grab yourself a cuppa and read on….

Our founder, George Shaw and family.

The Shaws team today.

MEET THE TEAM

It’s a team effort that ensures we make the tastiest products for our customers to eat. From the person creating the delicious new recipes to the person packing the products for delivery, everyone counts. We see our team as a family, making delicious products for your family to enjoy.

MATTHEW SHAW

Our Chairman and the Great Great Grandson of our founding father George Shaw. That makes him 5th generation Shaws family! You will not be surprised to see him helping out at Shaws where ever he is needed from Boardroom to factory…..and in his spare time he loves to walk in the Pennine hills around Huddersfield.

JAN DOCKER

Taking the reins from her uncle, Terence, Jan became Managing Director in 2010. She loves numbers, and making sure the team are all one big happy family. It goes without saying that her passion is ensuring all our lovely products match the high standards our customers expect.

JIM PEACE

Jim has grown up with Shaws! As a small boy he came to the pickle factory with his dad Terence and showed a lively interest in all things mechanical. He looks after the site making sure everything turns when it should and we get the products out to our gorgeous customers.

HOW DID WE GET HERE?

Shaws Huddersfield has seen many changes over the decades but one thing is engrained within our very core. We believe in delivering proper tasty products of the highest quality to our lovely customers and, in true Yorkshire fashion, at a fair price!

1889

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

George Shaw founded the company at Shaws Relish Works, Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield as General Merchants and Chemists . With his two sons, Walter and Vincent, they worked to build up the family business selling many things from relishes, jams and pickles to marrowfat peas and baking powder.

1913

A MOVE ACROSS TOWN

The business flourished and soon found itself short of space. The company bought much larger premises at Storths Mill on Wakefield Road, Walter became General Manager and later, his sons Norman and Malcolm joined the business. The move was a good one, as we’re still here today!

1953

THE FOURTH GENERATION

Martin, Norman’s youngest son, joined the business with a wealth of vinegar brewing experience and a passion for pickles. As his father and uncle, Malcolm, neared retirement Martin realised he would need help in running a growing company and by chance an article in the local paper caught his eye…

1967

ANOTHER FAMILY JOIN THE BUSINESS

Terence Peace, a local lad, had just passed his Chartered Company Secretary exams with great success. Martin read about this in the paper and approached Terence to join the family firm. Two years later he became a director and this was the start of a wonderful friendship that continues today.