5 minutes with … Victoria Robertshaw, Keelham Farm Shop
We’re back with our regular series of Q&As with friends, clients and ‘culture vultures’ we admire, to share what makes them tick in the colourful cultural landscape…
This week, we sat down with the inspirational 2017 NatWest everywoman Awards “Woman of the Year”, Victoria Robertshaw of Keelham Farm Shop. She took the business from years of generating £2 million per year, to an annual turnover of £21 million, producing and selling fresh produce to over 1 million customers in the last 12 months alone! Keelham’s winning concept is to reconnect people with food through the community, and now welcomes environmentally conscious locals to contribute their own excess food to avoid wastage.
Let’s hear from Victoria, the woman behind it all…
- One place everyone should visit – It has to be Yorkshire. We have everything from the beautiful East coasts of Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay, the heritage of the Bronte sisters, Castle Howard & Bolton Abbey to the rolling hills of the Dales as well as some great cities such as Leeds and the industrial centres of Halifax and Saltaire. Plus our shops are based in Yorkshire and definitely worth a visit.
- If you weren’t an entrepreneur you’d be…? Probably a better mother and wife, although they may disagree!
- What’s the one thing you never leave home without? – My phone. It’s my mobile office plus camera, as I love taking photos of things that inspire me.
- If you had to choose one dish or drink to have for the rest of your life, what would it be? Drink – wine. I love visiting vineyards and seeing the whole process of how it combines farming, food production, the science and art of creating the perfect wine. Dish – curry. I am lucky enough to have been brought up in Bradford and be able to experience such a diverse range of flavours from different cultures and curry is one of my favourite dishes today.
- If you relocated for a year, where would you go? Back to London. I lived there for 13 years after university and I love going back to visit.
- What was the last film/theatre production/exhibition you saw? Matisse exhibition at The Royal Academy.
- Everyone needs to pay more attention to…Where their food comes from
- Name a book you wish you’d written – My own. They say everybody has a book in them and its definitely on the to do list.
- What’s your favourite London landmark? Waterloo Bridge. I used to walk across it every morning when I lived in London and it has the best views in London, up the river towards Westminster and down the river towards London Bridge.
- What are you looking forward to this year? Everything. Especially expanding and growing the business and also the work I am going to do in my role as Woman of the Year in the NatWest everywoman Awards.