Nimisha Raja, founder of Kent manufacturer Nim’s, has been awarded an MBE in King Charles’ first Birthday Honours List for her services to business and enterprise.

The UK’s first air dried fruit crisp brand, Nim’s now supplies its products to clients including retailers, pubs, bars, restaurants such as Pret A Manger’, Zizzi and Wagamama, as well as Eurotunnel and British Airways, and processes over 1,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables annually.

“When I made the decision to start Nim’s in 2016 I never thought I would get royal recognition for what we’ve achieved,” explains Raja (pictured above). “Being awarded the MBE for my contribution to business and enterprise is an amazing and most unexpected honour. It is testament to the work of my team, who have been with me throughout the journey, supporting our efforts in helping to transform the world’s snacking and drinks garnish market and changing the mindset of people to try healthier and more sustainable options.

It is testament to the work of my team, who have been with me throughout the journey

“The MBE will hopefully put the brand in the spotlight for all the right reasons and help us reach a wider customer base.”

Raja uses her experience and knowledge to support other local businesses and is currently part of the Growing Kent and Medway Mentorship and Food Accelerator programmes that help fledging companies.

“We have some really exciting food businesses in the UK, but we need to make sure they have access to the support they need to succeed. If I can pass on some of the lessons I learned the hard way and it makes them more successful, then that’s superb … I look forward to continuing to make a positive impact for a sector of business that is incredibly important to the UK.”