Managing Director, Wyke Farms
Rich Clothier represents the third-generation of the Clothiers, a family who have been making cheddar on their Somerset farm since 1861. Under Rich’s leadership as Managing Director, the Wyke Farms business has grown to a turnover of £120 million. The Wyke Farms brands have grown both in the UK and through export markets and are now available in 160 countries worldwide.
Rich is passionate about farming, the environment and branding. Wyke Farms are working with farmer suppliers to reduce emissions and have developed a ground-breaking farm to customer environmental strategy. Their award winning 100% Green mission enabled the company to be the first UK grocery brand to be 100% self-sufficient in self-generated green gas and electricity. In fact Wyke Farms is now one of the largest independent Green energy generators in the UK, largely from farm and dairy wastes.
The company is now recognized as one of the leading environmentally focused privately-owned UK food businesses and employs 300 people directly across three sites, turns over £120 million and works with 1500 other businesses across the region and nationally.