A RECIPE fine-tuned in Farnworth has helped an iconic firm to win big in nearby Bury.

And fairly soon the black pudding variety which first found favour decades ago at Morris’s, in Market Street, could be heading Down Under.

Jack and Richard Morris teamed up with Debbie Pierce in the early Noughties to ensure the Bury Black Pudding Company became a fixture on the UK’s supermarket shelves.

And now not only has Debbie walked away with the businesswoman of the year title, at the Made In Bury Business Awards, but the Heap Bridge outfit was presented with the outstanding achievement prize at the Prestwich Longfield Suite gathering.

Jubilant Richard couldn’t resist a little dig after he walked up on stage to collect the latter award from Bury Council leader Cllr David Jones.

“As a Bolton lad, this means so much to me, coming from the town of Bury,” he said.
“My dad Jack made black puddings to my grandfather’s recipe at our butchers in Farnworth.

“He would have been so proud to know that 50, 60, 70 years later that recipe was still going strong.”

Richard paid tribute to the 85-strong team at the Bridge Hall Lane company, for their ongoing efforts, and especially Debbie, in “taking the Bury Black Pudding Company to the world”.

“It’s in demand in all kinds of places and we are now looking to make it under licence in Australia,” he added.

Debbie said: “It is very motivating to work with such inspirational people.”

She started out as Saturday girl on Bury Market before going into partnership with Richard in 2002.

Their year-on-year figures have also proved to be something to savour.

The profit and loss account for 2018-19 is £146,003 in the black, compared to £138,318 for the preceding 12 months, according to their annual report, released at the start of last month.

For more than 20 years Morris Butchers also hosted a major black pudding competition.

Last year the Bury Black Pudding Co., which supplies of all major supermarket retailers, was also showcased as part of ITV4’s Made in Britain series.