It’s a ‘cheesy’ success story

Farmer John Gunner (left) and Kevin Hand from Lloyds TSB.
Farmer John Gunner (left) and Kevin Hand from Lloyds TSB.

A Lincolnshire goat’s cheese manufacturer has expanded its production capacity to meet growing demand for its product after securing a £30,000 loan from Lloyds TSB Commercial.

Goatwood Dairy, which is based at Hoop Lane Farm in Langton by Wragby, was established in 2011 by John and Carolyn Gunner after Carolyn attended a cheese making course.

The couple renovated the milking facilities at the farm and bought 18 goats to enable them to produce a range of four homemade cheeses, including the award-winning Langton and Bardney cheeses.

The business is a familiar sight on Market Rasen and Caisotr’s food markets and it is also stocked in hotels and restaurants across the county, including the popular Tower Hotel in Bailgate.

To capitalise on the growing demand for their product, the company approached Lloyds TSB Commercial for funding support to purchase a larger cheese vat and extra fridges.

The new equipment will allow the firm to escalate production and speed the process up.

The business has now won a silver and bronze award at the British Cheese Awards ceremony for the quality of 
its products, to add to the two gold medals they took home in their inaugural competition last year.

John and Carolyn are looking to grow their herd in the coming months .

John said: “We are the only manufacturers of goat’s cheese in Lincolnshire, and Carolyn has worked hard to ensure our product is of the highest quality.

“However, we still didn’t expect such a staggering response to the product range.

“We were delighted to become award-winning cheese-makers so early “