Development Bank of Wales invests in growth of artisan cheese business
The Development Bank of Wales micro-loan means Whittaker will purchase a 500-liter cheese vat and cheese press to increase the production of its soft cheeses and also start producing hard cheeses.
Castell Gwyn provides local deli meats, specialty cheese shops, farm shops and restaurants, and cheeses are also available online.
Whittaker said, “I have been producing and selling cheese for a few years now, first started at the Food Technology Center in Anglesey, then I rented a dairy in Llandudno. I have now built a tailor-made micro-dairy. The vision has always been to create my own dairy and to make Castell Gwyn a recognized brand.
“I produce a range of fresh, award-winning spreadable cheeses with delicious flavors. The freshness of the milk, collected from our friends at Mostyn Dairies, makes Castell Gwyn cheese a luxury product because we use Jersey-Cross cow’s milk. It helps keep our food miles extremely low. We operate to high environmental health standards and have been awarded a 5 star food hygiene rating by Denbighshire County Council and we are also in the process of obtaining SALSA (Safe and Local Supplier Approval) accreditation.
“The success of my soft cheeses means that now is the time to expand and grow the business by increasing capacity, but I just couldn’t think of growth without the support of the Business Development Bank and the addition of a 500 liter tank. cheese vat. Their funding helps me make the transition to a business looking to compete in the domestic market and this help has been invaluable. I am happy that they believe in my business and its potential.
Alex Baines is Head of Investments at the Development Bank of Wales. He said, “Jackie has the passion and the drive to turn her love of cheese into a successful business that showcases the best local produce North Wales has to offer. Our micro-credit funding means she now has the facilities and capabilities necessary to develop Castell Gwyn and maximize growth potential. ”
The £ 30m ($ 40.3m) Wales Micro Loan Fund is funded by the Welsh government. Loans between £ 1,000 and £ 50,000 ($ 1,344 to $ 67,194) are available with repayment terms ranging from one to 10 years. Small businesses, sole traders and social enterprises based in Wales, or wishing to locate in Wales, can apply.