Dunbia has appeared in the official commemorative publication for The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration to take place at Windsor Castle this year.
While The Queen’s actual birthday is on 21 April and her official birthday is on a Saturday in June, The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration will take place from 12 to 15 May 2016 in Home Park, Windsor Castle, and will celebrate The Queen’s life, her dedication to the Commonwealth and international affairs, her involvement with the armed forces and her love of horses.
As part of these celebrations, publisher St James’s House has produced an official commemorative album for the event – the only publication sanctioned and endorsed by the organisers.
“Our commemorative album will be presented as a gift to VVIP and VIP guests at each of the four evenings,” says Richard Freed, Chief Executive of St James’s House. “Copies of the book will also be distributed to key figures and organisations around the world including heads of state, ambassadors and leaders of industry.”
In addition to celebrating the life and reign of The Queen, the publication showcases a selection of organisations in the UK and Commonwealth, or with strong ties to Britain. These organisations are drawn from educational, cultural, social, technological and business spheres, and include Royal Charter holders, Royal Warrant holders and recipients of the Queen’s Awards. Collectively, they provide insights into the Commonwealth today and into the UK’s role in the wider world.
In the area of Industry Excellence, one of the organisations selected to appear in the publication is meat processor, Dunbia which has headquarters in Northern Ireland and 11 sites across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.”
“Dunbia is one of the largest meat processors in Europe, and we were approached by publisher St James’s House with an invitation to appear in the event’s official commemorative album,” says Mr Jim Dobson OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Dunbia. “We were invited based on our good editorial fit for the project, and it’s a great honour to be part of this historic celebration.”
Dunbia, celebrating 40 years in business in 2016, has grown from a small butchers shop in Northern Ireland to a multi-site operation which employs over 4,000 people across the UK and trades in over 36 countries world-wide. Following a £12m investment in state-of-the-art facilities in its Llanybydder factory, the company is now the largest processor of lamb in the UK. Dunbia has a strong focus on corporate social responsibility and supports a number of charities in which the Royal Family is involved. The North Highland Initiative addresses the challenges facing rural communities in Scotland, while the Cambrian Mountain Lamb Initiative promotes rural enterprise in mid-Wales. Both are supported by the Prince of Wales. Dunbia also provides extensive support to Caring for Life in Leeds, a charity – whose patron is the Countess of Wessex – that helps vulnerable people gain a sense of achievement through farming and catering.
Asked about the participation of Dunbia, Richard Freed of St James’s House says: “As the official publisher for The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration, we have been entrusted with telling the Queen’s story. We were also tasked with finding suitable editorial partners for the book, and we were delighted when Dunbia agreed to help us mark this important milestone.”