Mother and daughter butcher duo share the secret to working together

A mother and daughter duo at the cutting edge of Scotland’s red meat industry have shared an insight into how they work together to run their specialist butchery and grocery store in Ellon.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 7:00 am
Anne-Marie Bain with mum Charmaine and daughter Rose

Charmaine Bain (71) and daughter Anne-Marie (42) run Aberdeenshire Larder as a team.

As a family-run business for over fifty years, the Bains have developed close relationships with local Scotch-assured farms to sell high quality Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb and also becoming one of only a handful of Scottish Wild Venison processors.

Working closely together in a high-pressure environment has worked well for Charmaine and Anne-Marie, having both taken the lead on different aspects of the business; Charmaine more involved in the day to day running of the factory and shop and Anne-Marie overseeing back-office business including marketing and product development. Brother John Andrew also plays a key role in factory management and the butchery business.

For Charmaine, working with Anne-Marie is a delight, commenting that “every day is a proud mum day”.

Although Anne-Marie worked for the family business when she was young – recounting being paid 50p an hour and thinking she was “minted”, it was only after her father passed away that she returned full time.

She said: “My mum is a very calm person and her day-to-day presence in the business is re-assuring for us all. As a result, there’s not much I don’t enjoy about my job and I count myself incredibly lucky that this is the case. It’s fair to say that my work life is varied, and I think that’s what I enjoy most about it.”

A working mum herself, Anne-Marie admits that getting the balance right during lockdown has been difficult.

She added: “My days are pretty full and I find myself sending emails at odd hours and working weekends! I’m in awe of the mums who are juggling work and home schooling.”

Gordon Newlands, Brands Development Manager at Quality Meat Scotland said: “The Scottish red meat industry is full of families that share a passion for bringing the best quality products to customers – and the mother-daughter duo of Charmaine and Anne-Marie Bain is no different.”