Judy Bell has handed over the reins of her award winning Shepherds Purse artisan cheesemaking business to her daughters. Catherine Scott visited the North Yorkshire creamery.
SOMETHING is very different at Shepherds Purse. It isn’t just the branded T-shirts worn by staff, or the mugs sporting the company logo, or even the rebranded packaging and website. It is the fact there are two new women at the helm of this quintessentially Yorkshire artisan cheesemaker.Katie Matten and Caroline Bell have taken over the business from their mum and Shepherds Purse founder Judy Bell, and it is quite a responsibility. Judy, who started making sheep’s milk cheese on the family farm near Thirsk more than 25 years ago, has entrusted the running of her award winning business to her two daughters, and she couldn’t be happier.