Northumberland cheese firm receives five figure rural business grant

Blagdon-based manufacturer Northumberland Cheese Company has tripled its production capacity and has set its sights on creating new jobs after receiving a grant of £90,520 from the North East Rural Growth Network (NERGN).

The business has already recruited two new full-time members of staff and plans to recruit two more alongside an apprenticeship position, with the company having also purchased new equipment that will facilitate faster pasteurisation, allowing higher volumes of cheese to be produced.  

Additionally, the grant from NERGN’s Rural Business Growth Fund (RBGF), allowed the company to purchase a 2,000-litre vat with supporting tanks and pipework, which is an upgrade to the electrical supply to enable the firm to meet future energy requirements.

“The funding we received through the Rural Growth Network has been crucial in allowing us to realise our ambitions for the site to enable us to increase our turnover and profit margins,” said Managing Director Jackie Riley.

“The team provided us with the advice and support we needed to make a successful application and have supported us all the way through the project.”

NERGN covers the rural areas of Northumberland, Durham and Gateshead. The programme is supported by Northumberland County Council and is delivered by Advance Northumberland.

Pictured left to right: Chris Walker, RGN Support Officer at Advance Northumberland; Jackie Riley, Managing Director at Northumberland Cheese Company; Katy McIntosh, RGN Manager at Advance Northumberland.