Culture trip and pots of it for MP

MP David Lidington with Yokel Yogurts founder Tom Ley
MP David Lidington with Yokel Yogurts founder Tom Ley

MP David Lidington has visited a yogurt business to mark its first anniversary.

Aylesbury MP Mr Lidington visited Yokel Yogurts’ base in The Little Calving Shed, Bessemer Crescent, to mark a year since it was set up.

Tom Ley founded the company with the help of a £9,900 loan from Government-backed Start Up Loans Company. Mr Ley’s inspiration came after he ate a fruit yogurt and was left disappointed by its taste.

He now develops yogurt using only cow’s milk and fruit and currently sells four flavours – kiwi, blackberry, mango and strawberry.

Mr Ley plans to redesign the packaging, add new flavours and double the number of stockists this year.

He said: “It was a pleasure to meet with Mr Lidington today to garner his input.

“I feel good that small, progressive businesses like my own are being supported by our local government.”

Mr Lidington said of the visit: “Yokel Yogurt is a great example of how local entrepreneurs can make the most of schemes such as the Start Up Loans Company to develop their unique business ideas.

“Tom has made huge strides in the last year with the business going from strength to strength and there are no signs of that slowing.

“Tom demonstrates that small businesses can prosper in today’s economic climate and can promote healthy living at the same time.

“I’m sure we will continue to see great things and I wish him all the best in the coming years.”

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