L&F Jones

L & F Jones Holdings Ltd is a company based in Westfield, Somerset, England, that includes a chain of convenience shops, a wholesale food business, and a Best Western PLUS hotel. The retail chain consists of twelve shops in Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, South Gloucestershire, and Bristol.

L & F Jones Holdings Ltd.
TypePrivate company
IndustryWholesale, Retail, Leisure
Founded1911
HeadquartersWestfield, Somerset
Key people
Richard Jones, Laurence Jones, Peter Jones, Christopher Jones, Dave Jones, Ray D'Arcy, Robin Allen, Mike Byrne
ProductsWholesale
Groceries
Hotel
Health Club
Golf Course
Number of employees
292 (as at 2010)[1]
SubsidiariesJones Food Solutions
Jones Convenience Stores
Best Western PLUS Centurion Hotel
Websitehttp://www.lfjones.co.uk, https://www.facebook.com/JCSLocal, https://www.centurionhotel.co.uk/

HistoryEdit

L & F Jones Holdings Ltd.Edit

 
Company headquarters in Westfield, Somerset

L & F Jones Holdings Ltd. was founded by Catherine Lucy Jones in Stratton-on-the-Fosse in 1911. It started trading as L & F Jones, named after Catherine's two daughters Leona and Frances.[2]

In 1929, the shop was replaced by a larger premises, which included a function room for catering dinners and wedding receptions. In 1936, the management was taken over by her eldest son, Basil Leo Jones. Four of Basil’s six sons (Laurence, Christopher, Peter, and Richard) joined the business in the 1960s. Each brother managed a local shop, located at Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Peasedown St John, Paulton, and Trowbridge.[2]

The premises at Stratton-on-the-Fosse became the first wholesale cash and carry in the area. The business moved to premises in Radstock. The four shops were sold to enable the brothers to concentrate on growing the cash and carry business. As the business expanded a catering depot was purchased in Shepton Mallet in 1977.[2]

The company joined Landmark Wholesale, a consortium of independent wholesalers, in 1973 and are one of the group's oldest members.[3] In 1983, the cash and carry relocated from Radstock to its present site in Westfield. This has developed into Jones Food Services, a catering food service business.[2]

L & F Jones Holdings Ltd. purchased the Best Western PLUS Centurion Hotel near Westfield, Somerset (formerly the Fosseway Country Club). The Health Club was added in 2000.[4]

By 2010, the company had 16 shops within thirty miles of the head office at Westfield.[2]

In 2011, L & F Jones celebrated its 100th year, with current and former workers joining a celebration at the Assembly Rooms in Bath to mark the milestone. Among the four hundred people attending was Dorene James, who started working in 1939, aged 14, at Stratton alongside Mrs Jones.[5]

Jones Food SolutionsEdit

 
Jones Convenience Store, Fosseway shops, Westfield, Somerset.

The company’s wholesale/catering foodservice business operates from the depot located at its HQ in Westfield, Midsomer Norton, serving customers predominantly in Somerset and Wiltshire.[6]

Jones Food Solutions acquired Radstock's local butchery 'Paul Loader' in 2010 and claimed it will improve their offering for the local community and beyond.[7]

Landmark Wholesale named Jones Food Solutions as Out of Home Development Member of the Year in 2017.[8][9]

Jones Food Solutions won a Taste of the West Gold award for their Pork Sausages and their Pork & Cheddar Cheese Sausages in 2017. They also won a Highly Commended award for their Burgers, faggots and meatballs.[10]

Jones Food Solutions added online ordering for their customers, stating "we...make our system even better for our customers"[11][12]

In 2018, Jones Food Solutions were finalist for a Gold Taste of the West Award for their Marmalade Sausages.[10]

Jones Food Solutions won a Silver Taste of the West Award for their Pork Sausages, a Commended Award for their Pork Sausages, a Commended Award for Cheese Sausages and a Commended Award for their Gourmet Beef Burger in 2019.[10]

Jones Food Solutions became a member of SALSA in 2019.[13] the food and drink approval scheme.[14]

Jones Food Solutions won the Unitas Wholesale Annual Award for 'Foodservice Marketing Member of the Year 2018'.[15]

Jones Convenience StoresEdit

The company closed down its Jones convenience shop in Peasedown St John in 2008, blaming competition from the recent opening of a Tesco Express shop in the village.[16]

By 2010, the company had 16 shops within thirty miles of the head office at Westfield.[2]

In 2011, L & F Jones celebrated its 100th year, with current and former workers joining a celebration at the Assembly Rooms in Bath to mark the milestone.[5]

The chain had reduced to a total of twelve shops by 2016.[17]

Their Batheaston store returned to a five star food hygiene rating in August 2018[18] after it was awarded just one star in a food hygiene inspection in March 2018.[19]

L & F Jones Holdings put four convenience stores up for sale in 2018 after deciding to focus on a smaller number of outlets and invest in its wholesale business.[20]

Best Western PLUS Centurion Hotel & The Centurion Health ClubEdit

 
The Best Western PLUS Centurion Hotel near Westfield, Somerset

The Centurion Health Club was added to the premises in 2000.[4]

In 2002, the Centurion was host to the World Professional Billiards Championship.[21][22]

The Centurion Health Club won a Silver Health Club Award in 2001 and was voted as the second best gym in the South West.[23]

In 2012, for the second year running The Centurion Health Club wins a Silver Health Club Award, voted as the second best gym in the South West.[23]

The Hotels Head Chef Sean Horwood, earned the hotels restaurant two AA rosettes.[24]

On 15 February 2019, family member Fraser Jones (one of the chefs at the Best Western PLUS Centurion Hotel) wins Bronze in the Professional Challenge category at the Annual Chef v Chef Competition.[25]

Fifth Avenue CoffeeEdit

L & F Jones created '5th Avenue Coffee', an American style coffee shop in Trowbridge in 2011. The name was chosen to reflect the company's historical involvement with Fifth Avenue, New York (Basil Jones was an artist who created stained glass for the windows of St. Patrick’s Cathedral).[26]

Charity FundraisingEdit

In 2011, L & F Jones helped to raise more than £13,000 at two charity events, for Kidney Research UK. They then set a target of £40,000 to raise before the end of the year.[27]

L & F Jones’ staff organised events in support of The Forever Friends Appeal in 2015. The Gala alone raised over £5,000, helping L & F Jones achieve a target of £15,000 for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Common, commented: “L & F Jones has been an incredible supporter of The Forever Friends Appeal and their very significant donation of just over £15,000 will truly make a difference to the lives of our cancer patients at the RUH. [28][29]

In 2016 L&F Jones became a Corporate Partner of The Forever Friends Appeal. The Appeal presented the company with a commemorative Corporate Partner plaque to display in their office, to thank them for all their hard work and support in 2015.[30]

In 2018 L & F Jones held its 22nd Annual Charity Gala Dinner at the Best Western Plus Centurion Hotel. They were supporting their charity of the year, ‘The Nicola Corry Support Foundation’. The Gala is held every year, and has raised more than £100,000 for charities. The evening was attended by staff, customers, suppliers and a Nicola Corry Support Foundation representative.[31]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Worksmart Company details". Archived from the original on 7 April 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Jones Convenience Stores: About us Archived 1 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Landmark Wholesale".
  4. ^ a b The Cafe at Stratton on The Fosse Archived 1 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b Family firm toasts its centenary year Archived 10 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine This is Somerset, 6 August 2011
  6. ^ Telesales: 01761 410595. "L & F Jones Food Solutions". Lfjones.co.uk. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  7. ^ Butcher will add value This is Somerset, 29 July 2010
  8. ^ Wells, Liz (10 November 2017). "Landmark Wholesale rewards members, suppliers and staff". Talkingretail.com. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Top Landmark award for East End Foods - Cash & Carry Management". Cashandcarrymanagement.co.uk. 28 November 2017. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  10. ^ a b c "L&F Jones Holdings Ltd". Taste of the West. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Jones Food Solutions Case Study | A SwiftCloud B2B App Review". Swiftcloud.co.uk. 26 June 2017. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  12. ^ Adventoris (17 January 2018). "STL Present Smart-Phone Ordering and Sell-By Date Management". Adventoris. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  13. ^ "SALSA". Salsafood.co.uk. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  14. ^ "L&F Jones Holdings Ltd". Salsafood.co.uk. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  15. ^ "Annual Awards Winners Announced". Unitas Wholesale. 5 March 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  16. ^ Tesco blamed for closure of shop This is Somerset, 10 December 2008
  17. ^ "Home page". Jones Convenience Stores. Archived from the original on 8 January 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  18. ^ "Jones Convenience Store Batheaston". Foods Standards Agency. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  19. ^ "Convenience store declines to explain one rating after hygiene inspection". Somerset Live. 21 April 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  20. ^ Wells, Liz (9 January 2018). "L&F Jones puts four convenience stores up for sale". Talkingretail.com. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  21. ^ Sethi, Geet (18 May 2002). "Advantage Nalin Patel". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  22. ^ "Russell crowns himself with glory". Potting it right -- Geet Sethi Column. Sportstar. 22 June 2002. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  23. ^ a b Health club wins silver in vote by UK gym users Somerset Guardian, 6 October 2011
  24. ^ "Fine Dining Restaurant Bath | Best Western Centurion Hotel". food Insiders Guide. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  25. ^ "Success at Chef V Chef 2019". Bath College. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  26. ^ Trowbridge manager Gavin takes the Fifth Wiltshire Times, 18 June 2011
  27. ^ Hard work for fun night helps charity This is Somerset, 1 September 2011
  28. ^ "L&F Jones raises £15K for RUH Cancer Centre". The Midsomer Norton & Radstock Journal. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  29. ^ "L&F JONES RAISES £15k FOR RUH CANCER CENTRE | The Forever Friends Appeal | Royal United Hospital (RUH) Charity". The Forever Friends Appeal. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  30. ^ "L | News | The Midsomer Norton & Radstock Journal". Mnrjournal.co.uk. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  31. ^ "Annual Gala Dinner raises over £4,000 for families affected by cancer". The Midsomer Norton & Radstock Journal.

External linksEdit