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Northamptonshire cheese maker forced to crowdfund to stay in business Wine News

Northamptonshire cheese maker threatened with closure as his business struggles in light of Covid restrictions fights for survival by urging people to pledge to eat his cheese in 2021. Gary Bradshaw, founder of Hamm Tun, producer of traditional English cheeses, has launched a page on the Crowdfunder site with the aim of raising £ 40,000, a sum that will keep it afloat.

Bradshaw, who runs the business with his wife Rachael, is well known in his hometown of Long Buckby for his cheeses such as Cobblers Nibble and Northamptonshire Blue. He started the business in 2013 after being made redundant and decided to turn a hobby into a full-time job. “I took a course in cheese making, and then I used my dismissal money for equipment,” he explains.

Business was booming and in January of this year he opened new premises. However, the foreclosure devastated its finances. “The majority of our business is in programming and foodservice,” he says in the latest edition of the Biting Talk podcast, “so it’s restaurants, bars and pubs. We also supply Silverstone. “

And, he adds, ‘since the first foreclosure I have lost £ 200 per month’. In mid-November, Bradshaw realized the future was bleak. “I knew I wasn’t going to make it. So I sat down with my wife and we had to decide whether to sell our stock and leave or find another way.

Now, with a Crowdfunder page, fans of this small producer can pledge money and receive a box of award-winning Bradshaw cheeses. “We’re not just asking for money,” he says, “if you sign up now, you’ll get a box of cheese next March. The money will allow us to pay the bills, continue to buy milk from the farmer and make cheese.

The box will include a range of Hamm Tun cheeses, including local favorite Little Bertie, which is like a Camembert with a blue vein.

You can listen to the full interview for this week’s Biting Talk episode by clicking on the audio player above, which also features Curb founder Petra Barran, meat snack entrepreneur Jack Mayhew, the chef. and restaurateur Mark Hix and Biting Talk mixologist Farhad Heydari. .

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This notice was published: 2020-12-11 10:00:00