Association of
Independent Meat Suppliers

AIMS - what do we do?…

AIMS (the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers) is an association representing medium and small independent businesses in the slaughtering and further processing sector. Members of AIMS make up the major proportion of the medium and small sized slaughtering and processing sector in England & Wales.

Our members serve livestock farmers' whole range of needs and satisfy consumer requirements through the huge range of outlets being retail butchers, major retailers seeking local and regional product, local and national catering outlets, farm shops, schools, hospitals and the whole range of institutional outlets. Delivering exports also represents an extremely important part of the role of AIMS member plants.

Small and medium sized abattoirs deal with over 50% of the nation's animals including traditional, ethnic and other specialist market requirements.


believes that the UK has become more susceptible to food frauds in recent years, not because of a lack of clarity over the responsibilities of Government departments or the 2010 machinery of Government changes, but the Food Standards Agency (FSA) losing sight of the roles given to it by Parliament and expending most it its resource and energy on the delivery of non risk-based controls in meat plants, a function not appropriate for a Government department.

AIMS awarded “Best Trade Association” 2015

At the Meat Management Awards at the Birmingham Hilton at the NEC on 30 June 2015, AIMS was awarded the honour of “Best Trade Association”. Norman was there to receive it, accompanied by John Thorley, OBE, Chairman of the AIMS Board. He said:

“We in AIMS are delighted to be in receipt of this highly prestigious award as it vindicates the unique approach practiced by AIMS to the activity of being an effective trade body. I have no hesitation in saying that responsibility for the success of AIMS lies firmly with its Head of Policy Norman Bagley and this mark of the standing of the organisation is a direct result of conscious planning by Norman and the AIMS Board over a number of years.

“AIMS looks after a growing proportion of the meat processing business and owes its success to the highly professional approach of a small team of dedicated specialists all of whom are leading experts in their own right.”

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