An awards scheme that recognises businesses with consistently high standards of food hygiene has been set up by Derby City Council.
The authority has around 2,000 food businesses and the awards are for those that scored five in the food hygiene rating scheme for at least their last three inspections.
Around 400 businesses achieved this, and 80 were invited to attend the event and talk to the council’s food and safety team, trading standards and other agencies. All of them have been presented with certificates.
Strategic director of communities and place Rachel North said: “I hope this will be the first of many ‘high five to 5’ awards giving us the opportunity to honour the achievement of Derby’s most dedicated food providers.
“These businesses really make a difference to Derby, giving the public confidence to eat out and shop safely.
“One thing I’m particularly thrilled about is that over 60% are voluntary organisations, independent traders and regional companies rather than the big multi-nationals we might expect, which speaks volumes about the hard work and dedication of these businesses.”