Catering company Somerset Larder is partnering with Shop Somerset to promote local businesses and support local communities.
Somerset Larder made a name for itself after winning the contract to supply Hinkley Point C’s food outlets in 2016. With its reputation for supplying freshly made, locally sourced food, it has recently opened a new Somerset Larder restaurant at Musgrove Park Hospital, having been invited by Somerset NHS Foundation Trust to cater for its staff and visitor restaurant.
Shop Somerset, the first interactive map and listing facility of its kind for the county, is extending its service to offer a go to resource for all independent businesses based in Somerset, providing a showcase for traders, businesses, their products and services, allowing them to connect with consumers in their local communities and further afield.
Somerset Larder’s Managing Director, Steve Braithwaite, said: “Supporting Shop Somerset is a perfect fit for us as we are bringing together all the county’s best producers, including farmers, small food manufacturers and drinks makers, to supply everything from ‘meals to go’ to fine corporate dining. We are in a position to reflect all that is great about Somerset produce, which is what Shop Somerset is all about.”
A new website for Shop Somerset is being launched, connecting local communities and those with a connection to Somerset, with the fabulous businesses in the county, which can be found at www.shopsomerset.co.uk
Earlier this year The Somerset Day Community Interest Company was awarded a grant by the National Lottery Community Fund in support of Shop Somerset.
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Somerset Day Community Interest Company is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2014 and is the organisation behind Shop Somerset and Somerset Day.
Since its inception, the primary purpose of the CIC has been to encourage communities, organisations, businesses and individuals to celebrate Somerset as a place to live, work, play and learn all year round but especially over the weekend nearest to 11th May, Somerset Day, which marks the day in May 878 when Alfred the Great defeated the invading Danish army.
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way in which the world communicates. Virtual is the new norm; Community spirit is stronger than before; businesses have been re-designed and gone online; consumers are supporting local and loving it.
In April 2020, Somerset Day CIC’s ‘#MySomersetBiz’ was the first social media hashtag campaign to be run to support Somerset businesses during lockdown. Its aim was to help small Somerset businesses keep their lights on and bolster their online presence. Over 1000 Somerset businesses participated over the 30-day period.
Following the success of the social media campaign, in the height of the UK’s lockdown period, Shop Somerset was launched. An initiative which followed demand and allowed small independent food businesses to share their offering with a local audience and for locals to find out where they could easily shop or receive home delivery.