Sandy Ruddock, of high end food business Scarlett & Mustard, and business investor Dominic Keen have joined the board of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.
Sandy will be the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) board’s SME representative. Sandy’s firm Scarlett & Mustard makes a range of award-winning sweet and savoury condiments, which are stocked in some of the most prestigious food halls around the world including Harrods, Selfridges, Partridges, Booths and Lakeland.
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, a finalist in the Women in Business Awards and in 2016 won the East Anglian Daily Times Small Business of the Year.
Dominic is CEO of Britbots, a seed fund investing in and mentoring some of the fastest growing robotics companies in the UK. Having previously worked in engineering and software, Dominic is a champion for the British robotics industry and will bring his expertise in this growing sector to the LEP board.
Dominic said: “Local Enterprise Partnerships are an essential element in building the competitive, productive economy of the future and I’m delighted to have joined New Anglia LEP which delivers such a valuable role in sustaining ongoing economic growth in our region.”
Sandy said: “I am really delighted to join the board at this exciting time for the LEP. I very much look forward to flying the flag for small businesses in the region.”
Mark Pendlington, Chairman of New Anglia LEP, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Sandy and Dominic to the board. Small businesses are at the heart of our growing economy and the voice of this vital sector must continue to be heard loud and clear around our board table, so we are delighted to welcome Sandy as our new SME representative.
“We also welcome Dominic, whose breadth of expertise in technology, robotics and business funding will add considerably to the depth of experience already on our board. We continue to attract the highest calibre of business leaders, and both Sandy and Dominic bring experience and knowledge which will be invaluable to us.”
Sandy and Dominic take the places of Davina Tanner, of Britannia Enterprises, and Mark Goodall, of Aker Solutions, who have both stood down from the LEP board.
Mark continued: “Davina Tanner and Mark Goodall have been real champions of business and growth across Norfolk and Suffolk. Both have been instrumental in attracting new businesses, more jobs, and increasing levels of inward investment to the East. We owe both a huge debt of gratitude.”