Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Humble Butchery Has Grown to Family Empire Meat Runs in the Family; CUT ABOVE: Third Generation Joins Britt's

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Humble Butchery Has Grown to Family Empire Meat Runs in the Family; CUT ABOVE: Third Generation Joins Britt's

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Byline: Rebecca Masters rebecca.masters@tweednews.com.au

ALMOST 33 years after the first Britt's Meats sausage was sold and sizzled, a third generation of the Britt family has joined the business.

Len Britt, the founder of the Tweed Heads South butchery, said seeing his family grow and join him in his passion keeps him motivated three decades on.

aPeople often ask me why I'm still here, why I'm still at work every day, and the reason is I enjoy what I do and it's much easier to come to work when you know you're with good people,a Mr Britt said.

Mr Britt's sons Andrew, Simon and Nicholas followed their father into the business and now a third generation has followed in the family tradition, with Simon's son Sam donning the apron.

aOver the years the highlight for me isn't how the business has expanded, it's seeing the family involved,a Mr Britt said.

aThey work hard, long hours and it gets us where we need to be.a

It's this family focus and belief in his staff that Mr Britt believes has made the business so successful.

aI've got very good staff which is just as important as good product. I like to have long-term staff; it means stability,a he said.

aIt doesn't matter whether you're the person making the sausages or the receptionist, or the face at the counter, all of my staff are important and I believe the reason the expansion has happened is because of our personal service.a

Britt's Meats has been running from its Industry Drive address for the past nine years after Len moved the shop from its previous highway location.

But it hasn't always been the bustling busy family business it is now.

Going back 33 years, Mr Britt remembers a much quieter operation shared with his wife Margaret.

aI'm originally from Melbourne. My friend's father had half a dozen butcheries and asked if I wanted to be a butcher. …

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