Cheshire farm shop seeks apprentices

After an “exciting” start to the year, Cheerbrook Farm Shop in Nantwich, Cheshire, is looking to expand its team by taking on two new apprentices.

The farm shop said that business has been boosted after national awards and plaudits in 2014 and, as a result, it is on a recruitment drive using the apprenticeship scheme.

Cheerbrook won the Best On-Farm Butchery Award at the FARMA (National Farmers’ Retail & Markets Association) Awards earlier this year, while it was also awarded the Best Pork Sausage at the Chester and Cheshire Food and Drink Awards. The shop has now set up an online shop to market its sausages nationally, and is looking for two apprentices for the butchery and kitchen.

Business owner Andrew Shufflebotham said: “It has been a really exciting start to the year for us – recent award wins have definitely helped introduce Cheerbrook to a new audience. We’re now looking to strengthen the team in order to make sure we can continue to deliver and improve upon the excellent standards of produce and service that our customers have come to expect.
“The apprenticeship scheme is a great way for people to get a foot on the ladder in the food industry and learn their craft from the experienced team here at Cheerbrook. We’re looking for enthusiasm and willingness to learn rather than specific experience. Apprentices we’ve had in the past have really helped the business and have been a real asset to the company. We’re looking for two people to embrace this fantastic opportunity and to bring a fresh outlook into the company.”

Cheerbrook was opened by husband and wife team Andrew and Sarah Shufflebotham in 2000. It describes itself as a thriving farm shop and café that employs 49 people and supports over 50 local businesses.

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