Speaking from Westminster on Wednesday Nigel Evans MP announced Breda Murphy as The Ribble Valley’s MP HERoe.
The MP HERo award scheme was created by Savvitas, a non-for-profit network established to positively impact the life-long development of women from all backgrounds. The nomination is intended highlight grass roots women business-owners from a variety of sectors and backgrounds.
Breda Murphy, coming from a farming background in Cork, Ireland first trained as a chef in the early 1990s at the famous Ballymaloe Cookery School. This sparked the start of a distinguished career as a top chef, including a notable eight year posting at the well renowned Inn at Whitewell, one of the Ribble Valley’s many highly regarded restaurants. The Lancashire Post called her ‘one of the North West’s most prominent chefs,’ and awards have followed wherever she has been. Her Breda Murphy Restaurant was named Restaurant of the Year 2019 at the Lancashire Food & Drink Awards.
She now runs her own award-winning catering business and restaurant and has most recently started a home delivery service, delivering ‘restaurant quality,’ ready-made, frozen meals. Breda branched out to deliver this service during the COVID lockdown, whilst many businesses shut up shop, Breda used her skills to branch out to new customers and keep the business running.
The Rt Hon Nigel Evans said: “By recognising successful women business owners, MP HERoes is highlighting women business role models across the country.
“I’m delighted to champion Breda Murphy in my constituency of Ribble Valley, who runs a great food business which continues to grow. I wish Breda every success!”
Breda Murphy said: “I am truly honoured to receive this award and it’s an even greater honour to be placed in such distinguished ranks as those who have also be championed by their local MPs.
“I share this recognition with my family and team who have pulled together to turn adversity into triumph.”