Most of what we do at Neal’s Yard Dairy involves a sharp focus on cheese— on finding, selecting, maturing and selling the British and Irish cheeses we like best. But none of what we do would work were it not for our similarly acute commitment to people. Every step of the way, the success of our work is completely reliant upon the high levels of expertise and enthusiasm of the staff in our maturing arches, offices and shops. Our mission is to improve British cheese, but to do so we need to develop the skills that will drive that improvement and find and support people who feel inspired to make it happen.
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Many of us at Neal’s Yard Dairy are of course attracted by the cheese, but our strong people culture plays a huge part in keeping us passionate and engaged. We have an average tenure of five-and-a-half years, and many of us have been here a lot longer.
We work dynamically, which helps to keep us engaged. As well as more traditional career progression paths, we offer our people the chance to grow their skills laterally by exploring each of the five different ‘pillars’ of our work: cheese, people, sales, profit and process. We also provide many communal learning opportunities, from subsidised spots on our cheesemaking courses, to informal workshops and maturing experimentation groups.
Our sense of community is a major strength. Our people speak of “a family feel” and of “belonging”. We do our best to be family friendly by offering enhanced parental leave and being open to the idea of flexible working. At our maturing site and main office, we all sit down together each day for lunch, taking turns to cook using our weekly fresh fruit and veg delivery – and, of course, a good serving of cheese. All of our shops also receive a weekly fruit and veg delivery, and while a communal sit-down isn’t possible while we’re open for business, we actively encourage everybody to enjoy a proper lunch.
We started out as part of a community of businesses in Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, and this spirit of collaboration has been sustained throughout our evolution. We continue to build relationships with like-minded companies that share our commitment to the cause of great food and drink. We play an important role in the cheesemaking community, attending and organising events that bring cheese professionals together, and working with legislators to better understand and protect the profession.