In 2017 our company celebrated 70 years of providing excellent service to the food industry.
The story of SPL began in 1947 when Maurice Simon, my grandfather, started his first retail butchery business in Oldham. The business grew into a successful poultry wholesaler and was eventually incorporated in 1962.
Rapid growth and a series of acquisitions through the 1970’s and 80’s saw the company become packers, rice millers and importers of speciality ingredients, serving customers throughout the UK. Under the direction of my father Harold, Simon’s Poultry Ltd. transformed itself into an international commodity trading company, becoming SPL Foods Ltd in 1984.
The mid 1990’s saw the creation of the Authentic Noodle Company, a sister company to SPL, concentrating on the development and supply of branded and own label instant noodles to the UK retail market.
Today SPL Foods Ltd provides the European retail and food service sectors with a reliable source of quality, authentic foods from around the world.
Our network of suppliers, growers, processors and manufacturers make SPL one of the UK’s most influential operators in the imported food supply chain. Based at our purpose built 30,000 square metre facility in Oldham, SPL Foods Ltd serves all sectors of the industry from supermarket chains and household names to public sector procurement and major food manufacturers.
This website is intended to introduce our company and products and to outline the services we offer. From our experience and expertise in new product development, to complete logistics solutions tailored to your needs. Our aim is to provide excellent products and outstanding levels of service through our commitment to strong relationships with our customers and continuous investment in our people and products.
At home, my wife of 25 years Lecia always reminds me who the true power broker is and in the office my Co-Directors and senior Managers provide the loyalty, support and professionalism that drives me on to continually strive for excellence. On a personal note, Manchester City are “the only football team in Manchester” and the Godfather will always be the greatest movie ever made.
SPL is also the place I met my husband – Roger. If we’re not spending time renovating our home (affectionately known as the money pit), we are saving for our next trip to a far flung destination.
I have been a Manchester United season ticket holder for more years than I care to remember and, along with my wife Jen, also indulge our strong interest in horse racing. We currently have three, in partnerships, in training. Our ambition is to have a winner at York Races.
My hobbies include road cycling, gym and football – a sport that I have played at a semi-professional level. I support Liverpool FC as well as being a secret Blackpool FC fan! I have been married to Amanda since 2001 and we have 3 children, Ruby, Oliver and Florence.
In my spare time I enjoy going to concerts, mountain biking & being a volunteer Park Ranger for Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park. I also love being at the other end of the foodservice industry – eating in good restaurants.
Much like the rest of the family, I am a season ticket holder for Manchester City. I enjoy travelling whenever possible and spending time with family, friends and my dogs Barney and Ice.
I like to challenge myself and enjoy competition, however working at SPL makes life easy. We all work together as a team and everyone is very helpful, resulting in a very friendly environment.
Away from SPL my main focus are my 3 lovely grandchildren who never cease to amaze me.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my partner, son Jack and my horse Benson.
I live locally in Middleton and when I am not in work I am spending my time with my friends and my 2 dogs!
I then joined a local food company, learning all aspects of the business from loading lorries, to warehousing, completing tenders, to eventually becoming the company buyer which involved travelling the world to source new ingredients and learning about life away from Sleaford. I have been working in the food industry for 35 years and have visited many countries in Europe, Turkey, Thailand and India, directly sourcing herbs and spices, cereals and pulses, pasta, dried fruit and also carried out factory audits to check that they had the basic standards in place.
Since joining SPL last year, I have noticed the importance of teamwork and support which I receive in abundance from everyone, whilst trying to develop the manufacturing side of the business.
I have always loved sport, and after completing 25 years as a goalkeeper in the local leagues, I am now a 13 handicap golfer.
Married to Lucie, I have 2 grown up children and one lovely granddaughter.
Out of work I enjoy spending time with my little girls and partner, going on Family holidays and socialising with friends.
Outside of work, my interests include horse riding and spending time with my family.
Outside of work, I love my holidays abroad, socialising with friends and spending quality time with my husband and family.
purchasing / stock control
Married with two sons; I’m a Manchester United season ticket holder, qualified football coach and keen (but hopeless) golfer.
QA / operations
I have been married since 1989 and have 2 children; a son who plays semi-professional football and a daughter who is a talented dancer. For my sins, I watch Manchester City whenever possible!
In my personal time, I enjoy watching most sports. Thanks to my family, I am a big football follower and support the best team in the world – Manchester City! I have been a season ticket holder for many years and have followed them up and down the country. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and taking care of all of them.
Married with two children, I love holidays abroad and socialising with friends.
I like the cinema, restaurants and socialising with friends and family. I relish family days out and holidays with my husband and 2 children.