South West family business Cotteswold Dairy is celebrating 80 years in business.
Founder Harry Workman purchased a 30 gallon milk round on May 1st 1938 and it is now one of the largest independent dairies in the UK. The business has grown by the hard work and dedication of the Workman family and team of loyal workforce and they continue to adhere to the Harry’s core values of ‘Quality, Service and Cleanliness’.
Harry passed away, age 98 in January 2016, but this momentous occasion will be marked by the current Chairman Roger (Harry’s eldest son) and Managing Director, George (Roger’s son). They work closely in continuing the family name in business and dedicating themselves to growing the company further with many other members of the business heavily involved.
George commented: “To celebrate 80 years as a family business is quite heartening. When Grandpa passed away in 2016, we had just received a family business award at the House of Commons, which to him was the icing of the cake.”
The family and staff all work together to provide the best for their suppliers, customers and staff. As they remain in the competitive market, they produce and supply products that really represents what Cotteswold Dairy stands for.
Back in the early days, the milk was processed by a handful of people and delivered to the doorsteps around Tewkesbury in a Morris 8 van.
Now employing 360 staff and with depots in Cheltenham, North Wales and Shrewsbury, as well as the main processing site in Tewkesbury, the company continues to produce high quality milk and cream products delivered efficiently and reliably to a loyal customer base.
Currently, the dairy processes around 250,000 litres per milk every day and prides itself on the quality of the products, which is due to the long term partnerships which have been forged and maintained with the local farmers from which the raw milk is sourced and to the dedication and loyalty of their staff.
To mark the occasion, they are having a celebration at local family business Tewkesbury Park Hotel where all the staff have been invited to celebrate. Local companies have been very generous in raffle prizes and monies raised will be for the Air Ambulance.