The IoD Director Awards aim to celebrate achievements across the region, they seek to highlight outstanding business people across both the public and private sectors.

Food innovations company boss Julie Moore has been named director of the year at a top regional business awards.

Julie Moore, managing director of Stonehouse-based Green Gourmet, has won director of the year at the Institute of Directors (IoD) South West Director Awards 2015.

It’s further recognition of the success story that is Green Gourmet, a food innovation company founded in 1991 as a one-man business which now turns over an estimated £14million and employs 38 staff.

“I am thrilled to receive this award for Adam Starkey, who founded the business, myself and the whole team at Green Gourmet. As we expand, we will continue to grow the team at Green Gourmet and awards like this help raise the profile of the company with potential future employees,” said Ms Moore.

“We pride ourselves on helping young people into work through our excellent apprenticeship scheme and hope winning this will encourage more young people to joint Green Gourmet as we are currently recruiting for new apprentices.

“Fingers crossed for the PwC Best Company awards in July.”

Since being appointed as MD in 2008, former chef Ms Moore has almost trebled turnover. Forecast profits this year are expected to be the highest in the company’s history.

With its roots in school catering, Green Gourmet now services more than 125 local authorities and contract caterers.

Ms Moore is also credited with having built on the core business by diversifying into the travel catering market.

In what is widely regarded as a closed shop for new suppliers, sales in the on-board catering market have grown to over £3million in just four years.

Its products are served on BA, Virgin Atlantic, Thomson, Monarch and Qantas and are also exported for service to seven countries outside the UK.

Ms Moore has also refined Green Gourmet’s business model, bringing research, new product development, purchasing, logistics and sales in house.

Production is outsourced to 12 contract manufacturers in the UK and three in Holland.

The company remains closely connected to its local community and runs an award-winning apprenticeship programme.

The IoD Director Awards aim to celebrate achievements across the region, bring all parts of the enterprise community together and focus UK-wide attention on South West success.

IoD South West chairman Richard Ayre said: “The entries this year demonstrate the breadth of enterprise and innovation in the SW region.”

Ms Moore and other regional award winners will go on to compete for the national awards in the autumn.