A former Warwick schoolboy who spent 20 years in software has swapped a computer mouse for a mouse’s paradise.
Jon Goodchild, whose grandfather ran Brian Goodchild Cameras in Regent Street, Leamington, for 50 years, is hoping shop-keeping is in his genes after securing the ownership of The Cotswold Cheese Company in Moreton-in-Marsh.
Having spent 20 years running the European market of an American software company, which took him around the world, Mr Goodchild and his medical dispenser wife Lisa decided they wanted a change of pace.“It sounds very glamorous jetting around the world but it actually isn’t much fun living out of a suitcase. I enjoyed my time in the corporate world but I knew I needed a change,” he said.
Having looked at a range of businesses including hotels, pubs and post offices the pair settled on The Cotswold Cheese Company, despite knowing nothing about the product.
“The last few weeks have been a steep learning curve, meeting local suppliers, customers and pretty much eating cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” Mr Goodchild added.
The company was helped in the process of buying the business by Nick Watts at Blythe Liggins Solicitors.
Mr Watts said: “It’s a great little business open seven days a week and there are plans to launch an online shop by Christmas.”