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The Skills for Business Awards, delivered by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network and Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Hub and in association with Pearson, is an annual event celebrating the outstanding contribution that skills and learning make to businesses across Greater Manchester.

Richard Whittaker Ltd are very proud that Chris Burrill, our Quality Assurance Assistant, won the “Learning & Skills Champion 2015” award at the recent presentation night at Lancashire’s Old Trafford Cricket Club’s prestigious venue, “The Point”.  The evening was attended by companies and learning providers from all over the region, and was hosted by television celebrity Justin Moorhouse.

Chris received his award from Jill Nagy of Rochdale Training, the judges commented:

"Chris developed a skills matrix for the whole company and developed the training material to fix any gaps identified. This meant 86% of staff underwent training as a result of this matrix. Chris sought help from Bury College when he couldn’t provide the training himself. The judges agreed that this application credits Chris as the reason for growth in overall profit of the business."

Richard Whittaker Ltd is a family-owned business which was established in 1962. It has built an excellent reputation as a wholesaler and quality supplier of starches and raw materials into many industrial sectors, in particular the food industry. We have built excellent relationships throughout the industry and are official resellers of AVEBE native potato starch.

We are specialists in blending, packing and supplying raw materials and ingredients, and our numerous packing lines do everything from sachets to tubs and retail packs to catering-size sacks. We are happy to supply simple ingredients in whatever pack size you prefer, or we will blend to your specification and deliver the finished product to your door.

If your business requires products which are either certified organic or allergen-free we have dedicated blenders and packing lines which can guarantee safe supply. We are BRC approved, accredited by the Organic Food Federation and we ELISA test raw materials, plant and equipment to ensure the ‘free from’ status.

Please browse the site and let us know how we can help you.



Mayfield Centre, Mayfield Street, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL16 2UZ

T: 01706 341700 E:


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