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About us

A Recipe for Success…

We’re proud of our north eastern heritage and for over six decades have been passionate about creating our own selection of the finest quality products. Since 1953, each Dicksons’ recipe has carried our unique signature style – attention to detail, a respect for tradition and a taste for the new.

Over three generations our business has grown to more than 30 shops and we’re now the region’s largest family owned provider of meat and food products.

Quality ingredients, delicious recipes made with love and care, and a genuine sense of community; it’s our recipe for success

  1. 1st

    Husband & Wife, Michael Irwin & Helen Dickson

  2. 1953

    M.I.Dickson opens first shop

  3. 1950-56

    Their children Christine, Michael & Dorothy are born

  4. 1956

    Tom Dickson joins the family business working in the Prince Edward Road shop

  5. 1960

    Fowler Street shop opens

  6. 2nd Generation


    After the premature death of Michael Irwin Dickson, Christine takes over the business while Michael Jnr learns the butchery side

  7. 1970's

    Wallsend shop opens

  8. 1978

    Business celebrates 25th anniversary

  9. 1981

    All production moved to first factory

  10. 1992

    Dicksons move to purpose built factory

  11. 2003

    Christine & Michael celebrate 50th year of family business

  12. 3rd Generation


    Family council formed

  13. 2010

    Coutts Award 'UK Family Business'

  14. 2013

    Diamond Jubilee visit by Princess Anne

  15. 2016

    Chris Hayman becomes Managing Director, as Michael Dickson semi retires becoming Chairman