Singletons & Co is only as strong as the people that comprise our constituent parts: our long-serving staff, our farmers – the custodians of our local landscape – and our loyal customers. We wanted to take the opportunity to introduce you to some of the people that transform Singletons & Co from a company into a community:


Simon Wooler – our Chief Cheesemaker – started working for Singletons & Co when he left school in 2004. His uncle – Bob – was the Chief Cheesemaker at the time, with over 40 years of experience in the industry. Bob took Simon under his wing and passed on his vast knowledge and passion. The mantle passed to Simon in 2014.

Together, Bob and Simon have been responsible for the creation of countless award-winning cheeses. Simon continues his uncle’s work, still making our wonderful cheese in the same traditional way. Bob pops in now and then to make sure that standards are not slipping.


Our Managing Director, Gary Johnson, and his uncle, Packing Operative David Keighley, have links to Singletons & Co stretching back to the 1940s when their Great Grandmother – a lovely Welsh lady called Mary Keighley – worked as Housekeeper for the current owner’s grandmother. Mary, whose husband was employed as a knife-sharpener, was the matriarch of a large family, many of whom became employees of Singletons & Co. Also employed at Singletons & Co were Gary’s Great Uncle Eric, Uncle Mick, Mick’s son Jammy, and Aunty Wendy’s husband Chris. As well as being steeped in cheese-making history, the Keighley and Johnson Clan have a great sense of humour, with an ear for music and verse. Great Grandma Mary would be proud… Singletons & Co is a family business in every sense of the word.


Julia Watson is the longest serving member of staff at Singletons & Co. She is currently the Company Secretary and Head Finance Clerk. From starting work in 1974, with a college certificate in shorthand and typing, she resolutely progressed through the transition in office and business technology, somehow managing to make it look easy. The only real impediment was mastery of the computer mouse, which she still wields in a unique manner. Throughout the journey of Singletons & Co through the years, Julia’s has been the steady and dependable hand for our customers and suppliers alike. Endowed with a rare combination of efficiency and warmth, she is a valued and respected friend to every member of staff and management, and is affectionately known throughout the company known as ‘Aunty Julia’.


Alan Riding is the Grandson of the founder of Singleton’s Dairy Ltd, Duillia Singleton. In 1958, with youthful exuberance and a strong work ethic, he set about expanding the business beyond Lancashire, and bringing the recipes that Grandma had created in her farmhouse kitchen to a wider audience. Singleton’s cheese became renowned nationally.

Alan’s daughter, Tilly Carefoot, took charge of the business in 1985. Endowed with a cheerful countenance and fierce determination, she took Singletons & Co into the 21st Century, and right across the globe. Traditional recipes are still revered, and new ones created to delight the palate of worldwide customers.

Tilly’s son Jack now represents Singletons & Co in the Americas. Having spent his summers working in the dairy from the age of 11, Jack has a unique understanding of our cheeses and of our ethos.


The Stott family have farmed at Laund Farm, in the Forest of Bowland AONB, for three generations. Twenty-five years ago they diversified into milking sheep. At the time, for a traditional sheep farm, this was an unusual step, but with their wealth of sheep-breeding knowledge they were confident that they could make it work.

A quarter of a century on, they are still persevering – combining
traditional, extensive farming techniques with cutting-edge technology. They installed a new milking parlour last year, and their
milking flock of home-reared Friesland and Lacaune sheep has expanded to over 600 ewes. The sheep graze outdoors in the spring
and summer months, and in winter are reared exclusively on homegrown feed.

The Stotts have collaborated with Singletons & Co for many years. And it is through the hard labours of the Stotts that Singletons & Co is now the largest producer of sheeps’ milk cheese in the UK. Our “Parlick”, available in Sainsbury’s, is now a best-seller.


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A recent opportunity to delve further into our history has highlighted that as a family, we’ve been nurturing and investing in the farming community since 1745.

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The awards that we’ve won over the years from some of the most prestigious cheese judging bodies in the world speak for themselves, as do our two Queens Awards for International Export.

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Browse our selection of lovingly handcrafted cheeses.