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James Lambert OBE

James joined Richmond Ice Cream in 1987 as CEO when it had 5 employees and sales of £250,000. By 2014 it had sales approaching £1 billion and 5,000 employees. During this period R&R Ice Creams grew both organically and made several acquisitions. In 1998 it acquired the ice lolly business of Treats plc and in subsequent years acquired the ice cream divisions of Allied Foods and of Nestle, a leading German ice cream manufacturer, the leading producer of premium Cornish ice cream, France’s 3rd largest ice cream manufacturer, Italy’s largest own label ice cream manufacturer and a long established Australian company with its portfolio of household name ice creams. In the 3 years between 2006 and 2009 R&R increased profits by 210% pa. During James’ period as CEO, R&R has been successively owned by private individuals, listed on the AIM market and by two private equity houses in succession. In 2013 James stood down as CEO and became Executive Chairman and in the same year James was awarded an OBE and named E&Y UK Entrepreneur of the Year. James is also Chairman of Animal Care Group PLC and Burton’s Biscuits Co.

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