DetailsRazan Alsous, the Founder of Yorkshire Dama Cheese, tells her story:
“We came to the UK after the war in Syria in 2012. With my husband and three young children, we had lost almost everything and had to settle into a new life in Yorkshire. Initially I began searching for a job but despite having a pharmacy degree and a scientific background my lack of references and work history in the UK made it extremely difficult.
After some time I started to look at other options. I have three children and wanted so badly to build a bright future for them. So I started to think what was around me – the expertise I could tap into, the sources of support and other opportunities available to me. I came up with the following:
• I have a strong microbiological background, having graduated from the Medical Institute in Syria.
• My Husband is an electronic engineer who ran his own business supplying the pharmaceutical and food industries in Syria with Quality Control labs.
• I was now living in Yorkshire where the wonderful, high quality milk is available locally (and I believe is it is a national value)
• The government is very supportive for the creation of start up business.
• Nowadays the squeaky semi hard cheese that I know and ate every day for breakfast in Syria is very trendy in the UK and British people love eating it!
As I couldn’t find a great tasting quality squeaky cheese anywhere in the supermarkets or local independent farm shops I then had a brainwave: why not create a business and make myself HALUM cheese from fresh high quality British milk!
And so started our journey- with an idea and a Start up loan of just £2500 from the local Enterprise Agency. We had to adapt the equipment we bought and then finally got the approval to start manufacturing HALUM cheese in June 2014. We called our first product Yorkshire HALUM as the cheese is made from Yorkshire milk and has a firm but squeaky texture when grilled, similar to traditional halum cheese. After just four months of production we won the the WORLD CHEESE AWARD Bronze Prize 2014/15, highlighting the true quality of our cheese.
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Short Description Award-winning producers of Yorkshire Halum Cheese, matured Yoghurt Balls and spreadable Yoghurt (Labneh). Established in June 2014, after just four months of production Yorkshire Dama Cheese won the the WORLD CHEESE AWARD Bronze Prize 2014/15! A large number of awards and further recognition have followed since then. Yorkshire HALUM "Squeaky Cheese" is a brand of semi hard salty cheese. It can be eaten raw or grilled for a more squeaky texture. It is hand made with 100% fresh cow's milk sourced locally from Yorkshire. Opening Times: 7 days a week from 8am to 5pm Type Food & Drink, Specialist Location Sowerby Bridge Address Unit 12 Sowerby Bridge Industrial Estate Victoria Road Sowerby Bridge West Yorkshire HX6 3AE Phone Number 07905 731932 Web Address www.yorkshiredamacheese.co.uk Recharge Point No
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Yorkshire Dama Cheese
Unit 12 Sowerby Bridge Industrial Estate Victoria Road Sowerby Bridge West Yorkshire HX6 3AE
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