Independent Local Businesses to Support this Christmas

With the Coronavirus Pandemic decimating the economy, it’s more important than ever that we all try and shop local this year to support independent businesses in our area! To help with this, we’ve compiled a list of just a few of the amazing local businesses that you can buy from this Christmas to support your local economy during this difficult time.

‘Sheffield Made’ is a a Sheffield-based online food delivery service selling locally produced artisan food. Before Covid hit, the owners were cheese makers operating from Needpsend as ‘Sheffield Cheese Masters’, but like many businesses they were forced to diversify. During the first lockdown, they lost a lot of trade so started ‘Sheffield Made’ to keep afloat. Sheffield Made offers a variety of packages ranging from fruit and veg to bread and cakes and even pre-prepared meals. They also produce packages that would make great Christmas presents including alcohol packages, preserves and Christmas Cheese selections as well as providing gift vouchers. You can find the full collection here: https://sheffieldmade.co.uk

Laura Parker-Willerton is a Sheffield-based photographer who is passionate about capturing special moments for your family. She specialises in natural shoots of your family just having fun and being themselves. Family shoots cost just £50 for 30 minutes and a minimum of 20 digital images on a USB. For Christmas this year she is offering Gift Certificates, valid for 12 months after purchase so you can give your loved ones a thoughtful gift that lasts a lifetime and can be used once it’s safe to do so. Check out her website here: https://www.lauraparker-willerton.photography

Ba cakes was created only very recently after the owner finally had the courage to take her baking passion a bit more seriously. Barbara had been baking for friends and family for a few years but decided to share her passion with all Sheffielders. All her delicious cakes and cupcakes are home baked and specially decorated to customer requirements. With Christmas coming, Barbara is currently taking orders of festive items including yule logs and Christmas themed cupcakes. The website (ba@bacakes.co.uk) is still under construction but for now you can get in touch via their Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/bacakes.sheffield/

BYFS is a clothing business being run by boyfriend and girlfriend duo Mollie and Jack. BYFS stands for Be Your F*cking Self which is exactly what they stand for, both as a business and individuals. Their goal is very simple, they want to challenge social norms; they simply draw whatever comes into their heads before putting it on clothing! They believe everybody should feel comfortable being their true selves. Their clothes feature unique designs to challenge social norms and remind people to choose happiness over normality. They believe in sticking a middle finger up to the ‘normal’ course that you ‘should’ follow through life and just enjoy marching to the sound of your own unique beat. You can check out their latest collection here: https://www.byfs.co.uk/

Kinder Earth UK sell eco-friendly, reusable, affordable products aimed at reducing the amount of single use plastic and waste created in our everyday lives. Everything is vegan friendly & cruelty free and they sell lots reusable versions of products which are often only single use such as kitchen roll, make-up remover pads and cleaning cloths. There’s also a variety of great gift options for Christmas! Products are available through their e-shop and local collection is also available from S6 with prior arrangement. You can view the full range of products here: https://www.facebook.com/kinderearthuk/shop

G’s greens is a local microgreens producer based in S35. George, the man behind behind it, grows microgreens such as pea shoots, micro radish, micro broccoli & microherbs from a climate controlled chamber in his garage. They’re grown completely naturally with no fertilisers, pesticide or other chemicals for use by both chefs and as salad mixes available for the public to buy directly from George. They are great for garnishes, side salads and on sandwiches. While they’re usually grown primarily for chefs who use the products for garnishes and as side salads, more recently due to the current restrictions George has been making up salad mixes which are sold to the public. The main harvest takes place on a Thursday evening ready for deliveries on a Friday which means you have your veg within 24 hours of harvest! There is currently no minimum order and free delivery within a few miles so there’s no reason not to shop local! You can check them out here: https://www.instagram.com/gs.greens/

Jinks was created when new puppy owners Amy and Caitlin met in 2018 and quickly become friends. They’d regularly discuss products they wished existed to help train their dogs in a force free manner. They went on to make a few items for themselves but were often asked by friends to make something for their dogs too and so Jinks was born (named after their dogs Jasper and Link, of course). They use only vegan and cruelty free materials to make dog gear for training and play, with the aim being to help you to strengthen the bond between you and your dog! For this festive season they’re putting together some Christmas stocking bundles to give your pooch a super Christmas! You can view their products here: https://www.madebyjinks.co.uk/landingpage

Italianeese is a vegan and vegetarian snack business who’s goal is to always contribute to their community and to work sustainably by working with local suppliers and using organic goods wherever possible. They deliver through Sheffield Made and City Grab on Fridays and Saturdays. Their dough is made with vegan, organic ingredients, hand-rolled with onions and vegan or non-vegan cheese. Then it’s all baked and topped with vegan or non-vegan egg wash and organic oregano. Italianeese is great for sharing or eating as a snack. Many people order Italianeese in place of a pizza, because it can easily be shared and is very filling. The owners are keen to have a positive impact both on local people and the environment. By keeping suppliers and ingredients local, they support the local economy and keep CO2 emissions as low as possible. Packaging is also plant-based and recyclable, making Italianeese a great place to get sustainable, guilt-free comfort food. Check out their Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/italianeese/

Sheffield Distillery was established in 2017 and is based at The Commercial in Chapeltown. They make Gin and Vodka, with their assay vodka an international spirits winner. An accident in the distillery earlier this year set the business back for a while but they’re up and running again now. They produce a great range of Vodkas and Gins which would make amazing Christmas presents including Clementine Gin, Strawberry Jam and Black Pepper Vodka and Rhubarb and Custard Gin. They’re also now offering click and collect, meaning it’s easier than ever to shop with them safely! You can find them across social media and online here: https://www.sheffielddistillery.co.uk

The Sheffield Picnic Shop delivers delicious, homemade picnics to your home. They use Fairtrade and free-range ingredients where possible and make everything using sustainable practices. All picnics are handmade and delivered to your door (within 10 miles of Chapeltown) and they’ll collect the provided cutlery and crockery the next day! There’s a range of picnics available for every occasion including Breakfast Picnics, Cheeseboard Picnics, and Wizarding Picnics. This Christmas is no different with their Christmas Eve box picnic, which has lots of food, drinks, and fun and games suitable for couples or the whole family. The Festive Picnic is a feast of Christmas flavours including turkey, salmon, cranberries, clementines and more. They also offer vouchers which make great Christmas presents! You can see their full range of picnics here: https://www.sheffieldpicnicshop.co.uk

Last and by no means least, please remember your local charity shops this Christmas! Like many shops, charity shops have been forced to close due to Covid-19. However, unlike most shops, charity shops are more than just a place to buy clothes, they’re a community hub for lonely and vulnerable people who might not speak to anyone else that day. In the case of the RSPCA, three shops across the city raise money to support Sheffield’s rescue centre. According to the manager, the RSPCA’s Chapeltown shop currently only has the funds remaining to cover around three months’ running costs. Any donations and purchases once lockdown is over will make a huge difference! Charity shops all over the city are struggling so when you come to do your Christmas shopping, please consider a visit to your local charity shop.

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