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Wyke Farms Ltd is a family run company based in the heart of the Somerset cheddar-making region.  The art of traditional cheese making will never be lost on the Somerset farm where the Clothier family have been making cheddar in Somerset since 1861.Today, Wyke Farms is one of the largest independent cheese makers and milk processors in the UK producing over 13000 tonnes of cheddar per year to the same award winning 150-year-old recipe.

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  • Wyke Farms is one of the UK’s largest independent cheese producers and milk processors, producing over 13,000 tonnes of cheddar per year to the same award winning recipe.
  • Wyke Farms has been producing its award-winning cheddar for over a century and has grown to become one of the largest family-owned cheese makers in Britain.
  • The Wyke Farms brand is the 4th largest brand in the Cheddar category and the only independent company in the top 10 cheese brands with retail sales of over £60 million.
  • Wyke remains a truly traditional family business. Ivy’s grandsons Richard and Tom now run the cheese making operations with their father John, whilst her other two Grandsons David and Roger run the family dairy farming operations. The four grandchildren share Ivy’s passion for cheese making where flavour, texture and taste are paramount. They believe that this attention to detail is the reason that their cheese has won more awards at national cheese shows than any other.

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09 Nov 2021

Wyke Farms get creative with enhanced employee benefit packaging including free cheese & green energy  

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Cheesemaker responds to nationwide shortage of job candidates


Bruton, Somerset; 09th November 2021: Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producers and producers of renewable energy, today announce details of their new enhanced benefits package available to employees.

Somerset-based Wyke Farms will be offering all employees an enhanced benefits package effective from this month. The generous list of employee benefits has been updated in response to the ongoing nationwide shortage of job candidates and now includes the following:

  • 28 days annual leave pro rata (including English Bank Holidays)
  • An additional day of leave on your birthday
  • Annual leave allowance increases one day each year to a maximum of 33
  • Life assurance benefit x2 salary
  • Pension contributions matched up to 5%
  • Discounts in popular high street retailers
  • Annual bonus
  • Vintage Reserve Cheddar for Christmas
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Wholesale discount on cheese and butter
  • Referral scheme for new starters of £1,000
  • Free tea and coffee in breaks
  • Free electrical car charging
  • Career progression, development and training

Wyke Farms has a reputation as being a great place to work, with very happy employees. Many generations of the same family can be found at Wyke Farms; 15% of the Wyke Farms work force also have a relative working in the business and over one third of employees (34%) have been with the company for over 10 years.

Rich Clothier, Managing Director and third generation family member at Wyke Farms, says: “We are witnessing the effects of Brexit, global post lockdown supply chain issues and skills shortages across the board. We have unusually high staff retention rates and many family members work together across our business but finding new talent to join us has become challenging.”

Wyke Farms’ cheese and butter is made with the milk from their cows grazing the lush pastures of the Mendip Hills in the centre of the Cheddar making region in Somerset.

Wyke Farms branded products are available in selected Lidl stores and in Southwest UK ASDA and Tesco stores. All products are available online at:

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