The expansion, supported by funding from Lloyds Bank, included the purchase of new machinery to increase capacity for the production of Long Clawson’s stilton cheese.
Long Clawson finance director Luke Goddard said: “The dairy started out as a small, local cheese maker and as we’ve expanded we’ve always kept that same ethos by locally sourcing all of our produce.
“It’s hugely rewarding to see our cheeses being enjoyed around the world, and the extended site and new machinery means we can continue to expand our business and share our products with more customer”.
Capacity for future growth
Construction company Lindum Group completed the building work on the extension, which has provided the business with the space to boost its capacity for future growth.
The investment also saw Long Clawson open a new cold store facility, relocate its packing department to a larger and much better equipped building and creating efficiencies within its overall operation.
Andy Dunlop, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, added: “It’s great to see two of our long-standing East Midlands customers, Long Clawson Dairy and Lindum Group, collaborating on this project and capitalising on the opportunities in the all-important North American market.
“We’re committed to helping Britain prosper which is why we’re supporting ambitious mid-sized businesses to continue to realise their growth ambitions both internationally and at home.”
‘Helping Britain prosper’
Established as a farming co-operative in 1911, the dairy produces cheese from milk provided by more than 43 local farms across Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
Long Clawson’s range of cheese – including its award winning stilton, Rutland Red and fruit blends – is sold nationwide, as well as across Europe, the US and Australia.
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