Tuesday, 12 February 2019,
10:00 to 12:00
Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC)
Sandy’s extensive travelling experience, business skills and her passion for great tasting food inspired her and her late husband to create their very own business….. Scarlett & Mustard.
In 2012 Sandy and Julian Pollard established their high end food business, Scarlett & Mustard, making a range of award-winning sweet and savoury condiments using locally grown ingredients. The products are stocked widely in the UK, and they also export to Europe, the US, the Middle East and the Far East. They have so far won 27 Great Taste Awards for the range.
In 2014 Sandy was the Investec Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year for Best Newcomer, and in 2015 she was appointed one of Defra’s 50 Food Stars. She was also a finalist in the 2015 Lloyds Bank Business of the Year Awards, and a finalist in the Women in Business Awards.
In 2016 Scarlett & Mustard won the East Anglian Daily Times Small Business of the Year, and was runner up for overall Business of the Year. The business was also awarded Food & Drink Marketing Business of the Year and the award for Pride of Suffolk.
Scarlett & Mustard currently employs 10 people, ranging in age from 14 to 73, with ambitious plans for expansion over the next 5 years. The business was recently awarded a grant to build a stand-alone production facility to enable growth, and this will be underway within the next 2-3 months.
Sandy was elected to the Board of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership in July 2017. She is a Governor of Easton & Otley College, writes a monthly column for Suffolk Magazine, and runs regular sessions for a group of disadvantaged teenagers in the local area. She lives near Framlingham in Suffolk with her children, and various furred friends. Cycling, dog walking and cryptic crosswords are her favourite pastimes, along with, of course, food!
Very sadly, Sandy’s husband Julian died very suddenly whilst on holiday with their family in France in July 2017. She has vowed to build the business into a successful brand in his memory
10.00am Registration & Refreshments
10.15am Welcome by Stef Thorne, Business Engagement & Entrepreneurship - University of Suffolk
10.30am Sandy Ruddock
11.30am Q&A and Networking
*There will be no onsite parking available at the University