Try these select lockdown start-ups:
Botanical Forrest is a new Suffolk based business born during COVID-19. After two decades of commuting to London, Clare Forest felt a strong pull to work in Suffolk and leave the corporate world firmly behind when her role was made redundant in March – on the same day Boris announced lockdown! Botanical Forrest was born of her love of scented candles, the sense of wellbeing they create and the memories they invoke. The candles and wax melts are made in small batches using 100% plant-based soy wax, and infused with premium fragrance and essential oils.
Baked by Humphries
Order from the comfort of your cosy sofa, and sister Georgina and Jessie Humphries will then bake your order with a whole lot of love and pop it in the post, delivered straight to your door for you to indulge in. Orders placed from Friday to Sunday will be baked on a Monday, orders placed from Monday to Thursday will be baked on the day they come in and dispatched the next day. You can choose if you would like your box sent 1st class or 2nd class at checkout. Don’t forget to add a gift note – they offer these at no extra cost, as everyone deserves to be able to send a little love through the letterbox.
Goodery is an online grocery marketplace, connecting local farmers, ethical businesses and conscious consumers, and all with zero emissions and as little waste possible. It started up in Norwich as a response to the needs of the community when The Good Host began supporting NHS staff during COVID-19 and the first lockdown.
Hughes and Friend
Hughes and Friend is a catering and floristry company run by two best friends, born two days apart, in Norfolk. Despite the current circumstances, they can still help put the ‘special’ in your occasion, contact them to find out about how they have adapted to the new guidelines. And check their Instagram for offers. For example, this week, they have £25 ‘bubble bouquets’ available.
One-stop eco shop, Sustainability Station is based at 16 Exchange Street, Norwich, and can offer local delivery. The website is updated regularly with products but if there’s something you can’t spot, just give Elaine and the team a call and they will do their best to help. All local deliveries will come via Zedify, a local sustainable delivery service. Plus, throughout January, they are offering a free gift wrapping service so, if you want to send a gift to someone to let them know you’re thinking of them, just pop ‘giftwrap’ in the notes section of your order and they will do the rest.
Fresh cocktails are available for local delivery: if you live within a 15-mile radius of Aylsham, NR11, order by 12pm for same day delivery every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you aren’t in the area covered, you can try the Nationwide range. Alternatively, save money on the 500ml postbox pouches that are available for Nationwide delivery, and are super easy to order. Choose from the Tropical Paloma, Jaffa Cake Negroni, Passion Fruit Martini or Honeycomb Old Fashioned. All are delivered via Royal Mail, through your door. Once you have finished your cocktail pouch, give it a quick rinse and pop it into your local postbox. The pouches get collected and sent to a super cool company that recycles them for us- turning them into things like….park benches, bins and planters for your town centres!
From Suffolk With Love
Planet-conscious, plastic free gift boxes of carefully selected hand picked items from some of the best small producers in Suffolk. The TAKE 5 Box includes: a 100g packet of loose leaf ‘Woodbridge all day breakfast’ blend tea by Woodbridge Emporium; a Healthy Bite Discovery Box by Goodtogo Ltd; a Handmade notebook by The Leaf Press; a Wildflower heart plate by Hannah Berridge Ceramics; and a Ceramic Pocket Hug by Tink & Tot. All products come in recyclable or compostable packaging.
Good to Go
Good to Go is an ethical and sustainable start-up delivering great tasting healthy salads, breakfast pots and snacks across Suffolk. They make their own homemade granola, available in four flavours and varied sizes. And they also produce 10 flavours of healthy energy bites.
As well as offering a Click and Collect service, during this challenging time Cata and the team at the zero waste store on Timber Hill are working hard to get your orders ready for delivery, if you can’t come out.. And the ecommerce website is coming soon.
Basicc Zero Waste
Basicc Zero Waste aims to make reducing our impact on the environment easy, low cost and convenient. Serving Gorleston-on-Sea, and surrounding areas, they sell a range of zero waste and plastic free products available for free local delivery – to NR29, NR30 and NR31 – or collection.