After Hilton’s passing in 1994, his widow and Company Secretary and Director, Jane Blake, was left to make the difficult decision as to whether to carry on running the business or sell it as a going concern.
Hilton had expressed that should anything happen to him, his wife should sell up, but the way she looked at it was that they had always employed uncles, sons, cousins, and relatives. A family business in it’s truest sense. And mindful of the fact, people say they will keep people on once the sale of a business has gone through, but more often than not, don’t. Jane decided that wasn’t an option, so taking the bull by it’s horns, asked then Beef and Lamb Sales Manager to step up from their role to managing directing, to help turn the building plans into a reality and run the new facility on her behalf to carry on Hilton’s legacy.