Peak District sourced food and drink shop says corporate gift hampers a welcome boost to rural economy

The Derbyshire Dales economy is receiving a welcome winter cash boost from some of the region’s biggest businesses as they order regionally-sourced food and drink hampers for their corporate teams.

By Ed Dingwall
Thursday, 19th November 2020, 5:03 pm

Ashford-in-the-Water hamper supplier Sauced Here says demand for Peak District food gifts are at an all-time high.

Owner Luke Osborne said: “We source produce from over 40 Peak District farmers and producers to fill gift hampers with local goodies.

“The demand is making a massive difference in the Peak District because every pound the corporates spend goes into the pocket of our rural economy. I feel incredibly proud to be a part of the process.”

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Richard Nealon and Esplin Chapman of Bakewell bakery Bloomers

The drastic decline in visitor numbers to the area during the pandemic, and reduced retail activity more widely, has resulted in challenging conditions for local producers.

But Luke says that as more large scale national and global companies share hard-to-come-by cash at regional level, there is reason for confidence in a brighter economic future.

Sauced Here seasonal hampers include items such as Christmas puddings and mince pies from Bloomers, a century-old artisan bakery based in Bakewell owned by Richard Nealon and Esplin Chapman.

Richard said: “We were forced to furlough some of our staff when the second lockdown hit but with orders coming through from Sauced Here, we are now seriously considering bringing them back to cope with demand.

Luke Osborne, owner of Sauced Here.

"The impact on local people in the run up to Christmas is really positive.”

Ideal gifts for family, friends, business and corporate customers or as treats for staff, Sauced Here offers several ready-assembled hamper and gift bag options which can be shipped anywhere in the UK mainland.

There are also complete Christmas Day meal hampers, including meat and all the other essentials, plus kits for other family gatherings.

Alternatively, customers can create a bespoke selection chosen from more than 1,000 products. The range runs from dairy to cakes, chocolate and hand-picked wines from some of the county’s finest sommeliers.

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