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Ilkley businessman honoured with MBE

Mike Davies, the founder and chairman of the Principle Healthcare Group and founder of The Principle Trust Children’s Charity, both based in Skipton, North Yorkshire, has been honoured with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

 The Honour has been awarded, and the Citation in The London Gazette reads for “Services to Business and to Disadvantaged Children in North Yorkshire”.

The Principle Healthcare Group, which was a New Start Up Company in 2002, with head office on Airedale Business Centre, Skipton, Yorkshire and comprises of seven separate Companies,  manufacturing Health Food Products for Distribution throughout 40 countries worldwide. The Group employs in the region of 250 people with Facilities throughout Yorkshire, in Skipton, Liversedge and Hull, as well as Slovakia and Germany.

The Principle Healthcare Company won The Queens Award for Enterprise in 2012, The Times FastTrack Export 100 Business and proudly holds the Gold Award for Investors in People.

The Principle Trust Children’s Charity was established in 2011 to provide Free Seaside Holidays to “disadvantaged and underprivileged children” primarily in North Yorkshire. The Charity has three holiday homes at the Haven Holiday Park in Blackpool and facilitates children selected by the Charity partners, Social Workers and Sure Start, whom select those families and children whom would benefit from a holiday. Since launch the charity has provided in excess of 400 families and in excess of 1000 children a Free Holiday.

The next stage of the Charity Development is to extend the help to other disadvantaged children whom are suffering from severe disabilities, illnesses, recovering from operations, or suffer a life threatening illness, which would benefit with their family from a different kind of Holiday.

The Log Cabin Appeal has been launched with a target of raising £100,000 to obtain a Log Cabin in a more serene, quiet location in Yorkshire, where families can go for a holiday and have some respite and quiet time together.

Mike and his wife Brenda have been married for 40 years and moved to Ilkley, West Yorkshire in August 2016 from  Preston, Lancashire where they had lived all their married life. With their family of two sons, daughter-in-law’s and four grandsons all residing in Ilkley it made sense to be closer to the family, and to the Group’s Headquarters in Skipton.

Mike aims for the MBE to act as a further catalyst to develop the Charity and provide even more Underprivileged and Disadvantaged Children with holidays. 

Mike said: “To see the smiles on the children’s faces, and receive the letters after the holiday, with pictures and drawings of their time in Blackpool having fun is the motivation to us all to provide even more holidays.

“Our people are our greatest asset, and make the difference to our Business and to the Charity. Without having great, loyal committed people, working as a Team none of what we achieve would be possible.  I am incredibly proud to receive this Honour which is as much for our people as me.”

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