NEWS Cotswold Taste members want more digital and more face to face contact Cotswold Taste recently surveyed more than 80 of its members to ask about the challenges they face, what they value from their membership of the organisation and what additional support they would welcome. Members are all emphatic they want to see even more help and support to promote their local products online – and in ‘real time’ as well if possible. Their top three needs were: 1. Promoting products and services at trade shows and public events – 70% 2. Face to face networking – 57% 3 Social media support – 52% As a further incentive to complete the survey, two members offered products in a prize draw, We are delighted to announce the two winners of the Survey Entrants Prizes as: Chris Crewe-Read of The Cotswold Meat & Game Company Ltd - who wins a bottle of Little Oak Vineyard's 'Sparkling White Wine', and Dr Richard Baines of Agri-business & Community Development - who wins a box of select patisserie from The Patisserie Box We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank our members Little Oak Vineyard and The Patisserie Box for their kind donations of the prizes. CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the full text and accompanying notes.
Wednesday 15th July 2020
‘FreeMyMenu’ app a valuable key to helping
Cotswold hospitality sector recover
Not Just Code Ltd, working in partnership with Cotswold Taste, has made the decision to make the ‘FreeMyMenu’ app free for businesses in the hospitality sector.
‘FreeMyMenu’ is an innovative app that enables restaurants to seamlessly update their website and printed menus.
Jered Bolton of Not Just Code Ltd discussed the app and how businesses around the Cotswolds are able to benefit on Cotswold District Council’s latest CDC LIVE broadcast from the BARN Theatre, Cirencester, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFaV6ZAJ5I4
WHERE TO BUY LOCAL DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
In these uncertain times, supporting local communities has never been more important. There is clearly a renewed focus on our local food and drink producers, farm shops and markets.
Market research recently released by the FreeRange Dairy Network (March 2020) revealed that 55% of consumers in the region are currently buying food from local suppliers, following growing concern about food security due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Some 78% said they were now ‘more aware of the role local food plays in keeping us healthy’, and 66% indicated they would continue to buy local produce once the pandemic dies down.
Many Cotswold Taste members are already providing home delivery services and online sales channels. Buy local, support local producers and keep the Cotswold economy strong.
CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the current Cotswold Taste members offering delivery/online services
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Cotswold Taste’s Patron, Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE, as the Chair of the National Audit Office from 10 January 2021.
Proposing the appointment in the House of Commons on 1 July 2020, the Prime Minister said:
‘She has spent most of her life working to preserve the best of this country, holding senior roles at the Council for National Parks and the Campaign to Protect Rural England. For more than a decade, she was responsible for great swathes of our heritage as director general of the National Trust. She has worked in central Government, sat on the boards of institutions including the BBC and has, since 2012, served as Master at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
‘Alongside all that, she somehow found time to write a book, “The Fight for Beauty”, described by one reviewer as “a warning against thoughtless depredation authorised by policy-makers”’.
Monday 22nd June 2020
Online and Direct Retail routes to market offer
lifelines to Cotswold Taste members
Emergency measures designed to counter devastating losses caused by the Coronavirus lockdown have led to new avenues for food and drink companies in the Cotswolds.
Members of co-operative Cotswold Taste have been forced to rethink their business strategies following the temporary closure of pubs and restaurants.
‘It’s been encouraging to see Cotswold Taste’s members have been energetically adjusting to the new ‘normal’, however strange it is’, says Nick Waloff, Executive Chair of Cotswold Taste, the region’s leading food and drink quality marque.
Wednesday 18th June 2020
Severn Brewing Co offers 10% discount
for Cotswold Taste members
Cotswold Taste is pleased to announce that Severn Brewing Ltd, a long-standing member, is offering a 10% discount on its range of Beers, Cider, Wines and Spirits to fellow members of Cotswold Taste.
All you need to do is go to https://s7n.co.uk/shop/ and enter the special discount code when you place an order.
Iain Crockett, Managing Director of Severn Brewing Co, says: ‘We really need to support local businesses now.
Why buy from supermarkets, when you can get great value and great quality local drinks delivered right to your door?’
If any other Cotswold Taste members are interested in offering member to member discounts, please contact Nick Waloff, Executive Chair, and we are happy to assist with publicising opportunities and offerings.
For more details:
Iain Crockett - call: 01453 383364 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Waloff - call: 01367-253695 email: email@example.com
Wednesday 17th June 2020
The Truckle Cheese Co offers 20% discount
for keyworkers and Cotswold Taste members
Cotswold Taste is pleased to announce that The Truckle Cheese Co, a long-standing member, is offering a 20% discount on its cheeses to all members of Cotswold Taste.
All you need to do is go to www.thetrucklecheese.co.uk and enter the special discount code when you place an order.
Adrian Nicholls of The Truckle Cheese Co says ‘We’re delighted to make this offer available to our fellow Cotswold Taste members. There are real opportunities for us all to work more together – and benefit from doing so’.
If any other Cotswold Taste members are interested in offering member to member discounts, please contact Nick Waloff, Executive Chair, and we’re happy to assist with publicising opportunities and offerings.
Also, if you are already offering online or delivery services, The Truckle Cheese Company is also offering a discount of 20% to all keyworkers.
For more details:
Adrian Nicholls call: 01386 -760000 or 07436-813542 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Waloff call: 01367-253695 email: email@example.com
Monday 1st June 2020
Big Demand for Support from Food and Drink
Companies supporting food and drink producers are proving a vital ingredient in the
recipe for successful lockdown trading and preparations being made to ensure
teams can swing into action once life starts to get back to normal.
Cotswold Taste business partners Agrantec Ltd, Buying Support Agency (BSA) and Action
Coach UK Cheltenham are helping firms both to survive and thrive during the Coronavirus
Wednesday 12 May 2020
Cotswold Food and Drink Producers Take on the Lockdown
Direct sales to the public are helping food and drink producers to stay in business and enabling customers to stock up on a few of their favourite things, to make the lockdown more bearable.
Several members of Cotswold Taste, Severn Brewing, Beau's Bakehouse and Sibling Distillery are reporting increased interest in home deliveries since the outbreak of Coronavirus.
Wednesday 22 April 2020
Cotswold Food and Drink Producers Keep Larders Stocked
during Coronavirus Lockdown
Food and drink producers across the Cotswolds have acted quickly to keep the region’s larders stocked during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Several members of the Cotswold Taste co-operative have set up online shops to reach customers who usually buy through high street stores and markets, while those with pre-existing digital outlets are reporting a surge in sales.
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CLICK HERE for the GEOGRAPHICAL COVERAGE MAP
CLICK HERE for the GUIDE TO COTSWOLD TASTE
CLICK HERE for the QUALIFYING PRODUCT CRITERIA
CLICK HERE for the MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM
CLICK HERE for the BUSINESS PARTNER APPLICATION FORM
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