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Half terms spent eating sweet peas and chives in the family’s vegetable garden.
They made bacon sandwiches in the summer holidays and sold them to the local workforce.
Oddjobs was born.
The boys begin selling peoples' unwanted goods at car boot sales.
Phil finishes school and goes to learn trades.
Jason moves to University in Bristol to study Business. Phil moves to Preston and starts his own plumbing company.
Jason writes a business plan for a healthy fast food trailer.
After many phone conversations, Phil moves to Bristol and work on project Real Wrap begins.
Real Wrap starts supplying cafes on all University of West of England sites.
They sell the shop and start a small production kitchen. Raynor Foods invests money for a percentage stake in Real Wrap.
STS and SALSA accreditation achieved
Business grew rapidly and the factory was operating at around 130% of what they thought the capacity was.
They moved the whole factory to the new site in Avonmouth
The boys buy the shares back from Raynor Foods. Phase 2 of the factory works completed.
Were successful in the All Wales Hospital tender
This year saw us ranked as the Number One on the TUCO framework for University catering suppliers. We are constantly improving and extending our ranges with innovative new ingredients and combination ideas in the quest for ultimate food perfection. In December 2018 we ranked 41st on The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 list of the UK's fastest-growing private companies.
Their mums were best friends, and even lived together for a short spell…inevitably the boys became best friends themselves!
When they weren’t creating havoc at the Grandparent’s or building their own football goals from old pipes!
Jason’s Grandad produced his own Bacon and his Gran baked her own Bread. After lot’s of thought they realised this was the perfect first business venture, clearing £20 a day and going back to school minted!
Oddjobs started out as cleaning cars in the local village. They worked out that if they worked quickly they could clean 4 cars an hour, £5 a car is £20 an hour. Business took off and before long they were house sitting, painting houses, walking dogs and cutting grass. Obviously, they had all the health and safety training first…
Jason gets a driving license and the boys begin selling peoples unwanted goods at car boot sales, a first version of Ebay if you will. The 4am Sunday morning wake ups were made easier by blaring out Run DMC all the way there, they learnt all the words to ‘Tricky’.
Brick laying/ Plumbing/ Carpentry – which turns out very useful when building sandwich factories.
The boys went their separate ways for the first time….but not for long!
After experiencing the poor diet of a student but realises it’s too much money so scales his ambitions down. He gets granted a pitch in the centre of Bristol for a small coffee trailer. Meanwhile Phil is renovating and living in his first house.
They begin work serving the discerning people of Bristol healthy fast food wraps, made fresh to order.
The boys get a call from University West of England saying they’ve been hearing the students talk about Real Wrap and ask for a pre-packed version. They come up with a café concept and launch which a bang. Within 2 weeks it was rolled out to all sites. Later that summer they get on the road and visit universities in the West Country and Wales, every one of them wanted Real Wrap.
They start a small production kitchen. It was just the 2 of them, making sandwiches, delivering them, getting new business etc. but the boys knew they needed money to build. They met Raynor Foods, a family run sandwich company with 28 years of experience. In a Dragons Den style pitch they agree to invest money for a percentage stake in Real Wrap. On the back, they produce Real Wraps and sell them into the London market.
Certifying our factory to the highest possible standard!
Time to start growing the factory and team!
The products are now international!
A definite end to a happy era of the Real Wrap history, but the boys shake hands with their old pals at Raynor Foods, and go out by themselves!
Allowing us to supply all hospitals in Wales with our yummy retail and patient sandwiches!
In December 2018 we ranked 41st on The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 list of the UK’s fastest-growing private companies.
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Kate is not long out of University but has hit the ground running with packaging design and coordinating PoS and Branding materials for all of our customers – She’s a whirlwind.. a machine.. possibly a whirlwind machine for all things design with has an incredible memory for what our customers need at any time.
Pete is a long time friend of Jason and Phillippe. With a rich background in event catering and hospitallity, he was handed a brown envelope one evening with his job offer. Started as Sales Assistant, progressed to current position as Operations Manager.
Chloe has grown with the company coming to it from Falmouth University with a degree in advertising with a strong bias for design. Having taken our original packaging by the scruff of the neck, she has guided it through two iterations to become the lively brand it is today – Appropriately enough she is now Head of Brand with oversight of New Product Development as well as brand and marketing.
With over 9 years experience and a rich history in diverse roles all across the food industry, Louise has developed all sorts of products from concept to launch. She loves travelling and discovering global flavours to experiment with, as well as gardening and growing her own veg!
Robyn is Phillippe’s younger sister, and has been with us since the start. She started from the bottom, became the production supervisor and now has become the Office Manager. Dedicated to the business, Robyn moved only 5 mins away from the factory so she could be on call at any time!
Jordan started as an apprentice with us and now is a fully-fledged and vital member of the team. If you have a question you can almost always guarantee that Jordan will have the answer. Grew up eating the sandwiches at school, and has proudly eaten every single flavour sandwich!
Archie is orignally from Latvia, with a degree in Business. He came to us as a driver 3 years ago, but showed his potential and now works with Pete as operations assistant. You might also find him scratching away to the early hours in Bristol underground clubs.
Our longest serving member of staff with an army background, Brian heads up transport, ensuring it is running like a military operation. Brian walked into our first factory almost 5 years ago, sat in the storage area where he told us he wouldnt let us down, and he hasn’t to this day
Petruta is our In house trainer with a love of all things yellow! She is in charge of inducting new employees and making sure they know the ropes before hitting the production line.
Divyha is a complete foodie who entered the business through her love of food. She is in charge of food safety and quality systems and is responsible for ensuring all products are being put together in exactly the right way . Famously nicknamed “trouble” due to her attention to detail (rather than her bad behaviour) .