An award-winning North Wales based cheese business travelled to London this week to showcase their goods at a festive food and drink market in Downing Street, hosted by the Prime Minister.
Vale of Clwyd MP Dr James Davies was delighted to remind Boris Johnson of the delights of Snowdonia Cheese at the Christmas event, having previously championed the success of the company in Parliament.
The Snowdonia Cheese Company is a family business which was established in 2001 with the aim of creating a luxury range of cheeses. Since that time, it has gone from strength to strength and speaking in Parliament in June, James highlighted the benefits to the company of the UK-Australia free trade agreement.
In recent years, the company has been growing over 25% annually and since Brexit, exports to the EU have increased significantly greater.
Snowdonia Cheese was one of only 12 businesses invited to hold a stall at the market, which took place on Tuesday.
“I was extremely proud that a company from North Wales was chosen to bring a stall to this prestigious event showcasing the best of British food and drink businesses.
“The Prime Minister enjoyed speaking to representatives of the Snowdonia Cheese Company and again sampling their quality products, which he recalled from the past." (picture two)
“This business is a leading example of how local enterprises can grow and achieve great things.
“This Saturday (December 4th) is ‘Small Business Saturday’ and I encourage people to go out and support the Snowdonia Cheese Company and all other businesses in the area on this day, and all year around.
“Last year, over £1.1 billion was spent at small businesses on Small Business Saturday - a huge uplift from the year before, and an acknowledgement that the pandemic has grown the nations support for the small and local. I want to ensure that trend continues this year to ensure that local businesses here in North Wales can get back on their feet and thrive.”
James is also encouraging businesses in the Vale of Clwyd to take advantage of the new business support scheme - Help to Grow.
Help to Grow Management has been running since August, providing businesses with 90% subsidised management and leadership training, and access to alumni networks and one-to-one mentoring, whilst Help to Grow Digital, once available, will give small and medium sized businesses access to free and impartial advice and support online, to help business leaders choose software that will transform their business.
"I encourage businesses to take advantage of the Help to Grow scheme to help them drive their productivity and growth, in turn boosting local prosperity and job creation. Businesses can register their interest for both schemes by visiting www.gov.uk/helptogrow."