Ray used to work as a management consultant in the city for years before starting International Cheese.Astounded by the absence of any 'nice shops' in the city (and tired of being an employee), he decided to embark on a big adventure and become his own man as well as a cheese mongor. 27 years later he is still smiling!
International Cheese is one of the last remaining family run businesses in Central London, and holding it's own in an era dominated by big chains and interchangeable mega stores.
What seemed - according to one journalist - like a 'hair brained scheme' back in the eighties, has proven a huge hit with customers (and confirmed what we suspected all along): train stations and cheese are a perfect match.
The Liverpool Street Station shop opened in 1991 with the Victoria and Marylebone Station branches following in 1994 and 1999 respectively. Today International Cheese operates UK wide as it is online @ last! since 2012 - a far cry from its' early days!
Whilst still being every inch the front man, Ray agrees that ultimately it is all down to the team.
Meet The International Cheese Team:
The International Cheese team is as international as it is 'cheese'.
Employing and working with people from dozens of different countries has been absolutely invaluable.
Life is certainly never boring with a multilingual and multicultural team in each of our shops – not even on a really dull and rainy day.
Busy behind the scenes but rarely seen in public:
All manner of things are being done and dealt with away from the public eye at all times. You may rarely see us, but like the roots of a tree, we’re very much ‘there’, working to keep the tree strong and trying to ensure that your experience with International Cheese is a pleasant one.