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A.E. Rodda & Son Ltd

World's leading producer of Cornish clotted cream celebrating 125 years

What we do:

From humble beginnings in a farmhouse kitchen in Scorrier, this iconic Cornish brand is still made to the same exacting standard but now produces 220 million servings of their silky clotted cream a year.

Rodda’s is still owned by the same family, with great-great grandson Nicholas Rodda now at the helm. Sixth generation William Rodda joined the family business in 2014.

Cornish clotted cream received Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status in 1998, following a long campaign spearheaded by the Rodda family and joining the ranks of Champagne, Stilton cheese and Parma ham. In order to comply with regulations, Cornish clotted cream must be made within Cornwall and baked in the traditional manner to form the iconic golden crust and dollapable texture.

Rodda’s clotted cream is marked with prestige throughout history, most notably being served as part of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding breakfast in 1981. The cream was also chosen as part of the last meal ever served aboard a Concorde flight from London in 2003. Today, Rodda’s is an international success story, enjoyed in top hotels and restaurants as far afield as Australia, Japan and Dubai.

Why we became a healthy workplace:

As a family business it is important to make sure we have a healthy workforce. It is widely known that being in work is good for people’s health and wellbeing, but it’s increasingly being recognised that a healthy workforce is beneficial to employers too. By creating a positive, safe and healthy environment for our staff we can increase morale, improve our employees’ work-life balance and, in turn, positively impact our business.

Recent health and well being activities:

5 members of staff (including Nick Rodda, our Managing Director) completed the 3 peaks challenge.

We are now signed up as a 'Mindful Employer' and our managers have resources available to deal with mental wellbeing.

We launched a Community Giving Scheme where staff volunteer in the community at local events. These have included pug walks, talks at schools and we are even planning a sky diving event!

Special recognition was also received for our health and wellbeing initiatives from one of our largest customers.

Having a healthy and productive workforce should be everyone’s ambition, especially in today’s competitive business environment. Successful organisations know that staff satisfaction and wellbeing bring business benefits. Being a good employer enhances an organisation’s reputation, makes it attractive to work for, and improves overall performance. We believe health and well being should be at the heart of all that we do at Rodda's and we are extremely proud of our staff and their achievements in being a healthy workplace.

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Costs of Ill Health

In 2006 around 175 million working days were lost due to illness and it is estimated that the annual economic costs of sickness absence and worklessness is over £100 billion.  (Working for a healthier tomorrow, Department of Health, March 2008). 

Health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace

In the United Kingdom during 2013–2014 an estimated 1.2 million people who worked during the last
year were suffering from an illness (long-standing as well as new cases) they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work. Half a million of these appear to be new conditions which started during the year. 


Health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace
A Britain’s Healthiest Company summary report
Marco Hafner, Christian van Stolk, Catherine Saunders, Joachim Krapels and Ben Baruch

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