OBE for pioneer Romy

PUBLISHED: 14:02 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 15 June 2010

ROMY Fraser, the Musbury-based pioneer behind the organic health company Neal's Yard Remedies, was awarded an OBE for services to the health and beauty industry in the New Year's Honours list. Since founding the first shop in Covent Garden 27 years ago, R

ROMY Fraser, the Musbury-based pioneer behind the organic health company Neal's Yard Remedies, was awarded an OBE for services to the health and beauty industry in the New Year's Honours list.Since founding the first shop in Covent Garden 27 years ago, Romy (pictured right) has seen the chain expand to 30 stores across the UK."It was a great surprise and I'm really pleased," she said."Having always been slightly outside the establishment, it feels good that the area in which I have been working is now becoming part of the establishment."The company has always played a slightly pioneering role, but natural and organic medicine has become more mainstream, and Neal's Yard has played a role in making it acceptable."Romy, from Trill Farm, has lived in Musbury for two months since moving from North Dorset, where she runs an eco-factory.Peter Kindersley, chairman of Neal's Yard Remedies, said: "It is her vision, strength and determination that has helped the company to grow to 30 stores across the UK, with a wealth of highly experienced staff and therapists whose mission is to transform lives through empowering people to live by the principles of natural health. "It is a fantastic achievement.

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