Did you know that July is Independent Retailer Month? This brilliant campaign is all about supporting small local businesses – and at Taste of Bath, we want to make it easier for you to shop independent all year round, with an absolute minimum of time and effort.
Not only can you buy one of our fabulous hampers stuffed full of goodies, but you can also buy individual items through our online shop and have them delivered to you anywhere in the mainland UK. And when you do that, you know that you’re supporting fabulous independent businesses in Bath and the local area.
But what’s so special about independent business?
First of all, as you’ve already noticed if you’re a Taste of Bath regular, the quality of the products is so much higher. Everyone we work with at Taste of Bath is absolutely top class – whether it’s The Somerset Hotsauce Company, which won an incredible THREE golds at the 2017 Taste of the West Awards, or Bath Harvest, who supply us with their gorgeous cold-pressed rapeseed oil and have won everything from Great Taste stars to the Bristol Good Food Awards. It’s not just about the trophies either – some of our favourite products have a fantastic heritage going back decades, like Bath Soft Cheese (which was one of Admiral Lord Nelson’s favourites) or Bath Oliver Biscuits, which have been gracing cheeseboards since 1750.
So the products taste delicious – and for foodie adventurers, they’re something a bit different too. When you buy from a big supermarket chain, chances are you’ll find the same old boring stuff, but small businesses think outside the box and come up with fabulously unique finds. Like one of our runaway bestsellers, Stoney Bonk from Honeys Midford Cider – a thirst-quenching blend of cider and ginger beer based on an old Westcountry recipe – or Henny & Joe’s Chai Syrup, a deliciously unique product that you can use in everything from cocktails to baking.
And of course, when you buy from an independent producer you know you’re also supporting family businesses and helping to keep traditional industries alive. Bath Farm Girls’ quinoa, for example, is grown on a farm just outside Bath, with an amazing three generations of the same family all working together to bring it to market.
So don’t just keep your independent shopping to July, do your bit all year round. After all, you get something delicious and different, and you know that you’re helping to keep brilliant small businesses going – it’s a real win/win.
Click here to check out the full range of fabulous independent products that you can order from Taste of Bath.