JS Bailey Cheese turf-cutting ceremony in Calveley

A cheese firm near Nantwich has secured a £400,000 grant towards its £1.5 million expansion plan to create new jobs.

JS Bailey Cheese, based in Calveley, says the project will help create 15 new jobs and build new production facilities.

The firm, With the support of Cheshire East Council’s arms-length Skills and Growth Company, successfully applied for funding from the Rural Development Programme for England to help boost the business and the local rural economy.

It will provide an 11,500sq ft purpose-built packing and storage facility on site to enable the business to innovate further and produce a greater volume of cheese for the home and international market.

The business, established in 1984 in Nantwich by managing director John Bailey, has grown from a small family firm to a leading supplier of cheese to the catering and food service industry in the UK and overseas.

By 2000, the company had outgrown its original space and moved to premises in nearby Calveley, with a range of continental and flavoured cheeses.

Bosses and council leaders attended a turf-cutting ceremony to mark the start of the firm’s project.

John Bailey said: “This ceremony marks the next exciting chapter in the growth of the business.

“We are very grateful for the support we have received from the council and the Skills and Growth Company, to help make this all possible and for helping us secure such a substantial grant.”

Cllr Rachel Bailey, leader of Cheshire East Council, added: “I am passionate about helping our rural businesses to thrive across the borough.

“This project will provide a very welcome new jobs boost and help us grow our expertise and reputation as the UK’s premier centre of excellence for cheese manufacturing, home of the famous International Cheese Awards since 1897.”

(Pic: L to R – Skills and Growth Company rural enterprises manager Rachel Bolton, John Bailey, Councillor Rachel Bailey, JS Bailey account manager Nigel Wilkin and Skills and Growth Company managing director Julian Cobley)

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