We are delighted to announce that Rich Clothier of Wyke Farms has been included within the inaugural Family Business United ‘Family Business Top 100,’ which recognises the exceptional contribution of individuals and their work within a family business.
Recognition in respect of:
- Champion of Change & Innovation
- Inspirational Leader
- Sustainable Development Ambassador
- Multi-Generational Family Business Leader
Rich Clothier is a third-generation family member and the Managing Director at Wyke Farms. His family have been making award- winning cheddar on their Somerset farm since 1861. Since Rich took the lead, the Wyke Farms brand has grown consistently by over 10% year on year and increased distribution to more than 160 countries worldwide.
Rich has been pivotal in propelling Wyke Farms to become one of the leading South West food businesses and instigated an on-site biogas plant some 12 years ago, which is the cornerstone to Wyke Farms 100% Green mission. Wyke Farms has since been named as the most sustainable business in Europe. The company employs 250 people directly across three sites and works with 1500 other businesses across the region and nationally.
The family run company treats the team as extended family; 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 is an inspirational leader with family values at the core of the family firm and he truly deserves his place in the Family Business Top 100.