Yorkshire Dama Cheese

A couple whose business has grown rapidly in just two years is working with Kirklees College to help become more efficient as they plan to expand.

Razan Al-Sous and Raghid Sandouk started their company Yorkshire Dama Cheese in June 2014 after coming to the UK from their native Syria to escape the war there.

The pair have been working with the team at the college’s new PMC to see how they can make their cheese production more efficient and reduce costs. This has included an expert review of how their processes currently operate and how their new factory should be designed when the move to bigger premises in Lindley, Huddersfield.

The award winning Yorkshire Dama has featured on TV programmes including BBC1 Home Comforts with Yorkshire chef James Martin and numerous articles in newspapers and magazines. “We are very keen to give something back to Huddersfield because this area, this community, has really supported us,” said Razan.

“It is difficult for small businesses to have their own shop because it is too expensive, so we have brought together lots of different foods that are all natural, all fresh, all local, to help local business and to put Huddersfield on the map for good quality food.”

Yorkshire Dama has been working with college since meeting the commercial manager Jason Taylor at Manufactured Yorkshire last year.

Brian Lawson, who led the case study review of their company to help them design for a more efficient future said, “This has been a really interesting project for us. This a good opportunity to use our knowledge and expertise to consult with a company who are keen to expand and work with the college on Apprenticeship schemes and training in the future.”

“We will be creating several employment opportunities for local people and looking to take on an apprentice,” said Razan.

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