A PASSION for speaking up for rural businesses has lead to an honour for Mary Broughton, of well-known veterinary herbal medicine company Dorwest Herbs. Mary was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list which was made public last Saturday.
Mary received her award for her services to business and the community. She is on the board of the Dorset Local Strategic partnership, is chairman of the economy task group, also on the South West Regional Development Agency’s advisory group as well as her role in the veterinary industry through the National Office of Animal Health and the British Herbal Medicines Association.
‘It is something I am very passionate about – business in rural areas should not be dismissed.’ said Mrs Broughton, ‘An awful lot of government policy is based on urban areas, they forget how things effect us in the countryside. Rural areas are not really understood by government.’ She does not know how she got in line for an honour. ‘I work with so many different people in different areas, I really don’t know how it came about, but it was a surprise which I am absolutely thrilled about.’