The aim of Sheffield Made is to support local producers and was initially created to deliver these products to isolating and vulnerable peoples’ doors in Sheffield during the COVID-19 lockdown. See why we created Sheffield Made.
From customer feedback, it became apparent that some people want to continue to support local producers and the local economy and realise that locally produced goods are of a higher quality and not much more expensive than the supermarket.
We need to offer a range of products that meet the demands of our customers (i.e. to replace their shop with a more locally focussed service) and we are constantly on the look out for such producers to add to Sheffield Made.
This is how we work:
Our first port of call are local producers. These are local businesses that actually produce the goods.
If we simply cannot find a producer we can work with, we try and source things locally (e.g. some meats, some fruit and vegetables) from local trade markets and suppliers.
These items may not be produced in Sheffield but we have the assurance of the supplier that they have a priority to supply from local, county or country producers. We prefer suppliers that have a local focus and source their supplies within the county.
We are not aware of any products being supplied through Sheffield Made that are coming from abroad with the exception of items that will simply not grow in our climate. You can always check this with the producer directly, we link to them if possible through the Producers page.
For example, during lockdown we could not source eggs from Sheffield, so our eggs during that time came from a Sheffield supplier selling eggs from Driffield in North Yorkshire.
We would prefer that the ingredients and sourcing by our local producers and suppliers is done in this order; Sheffield, Sheffield and surrounding areas, County, Country then abroad if it’s not possible to support British producers (e.g. tropical fruit and veg). However, we don’t require this (What’s in that pie, sauce, chutney or jam? Where does that melon come from?) and we don’t have the administrators to maintain checks as yet. We rely on good faith and trust.
We are trying to keep the money spent by our customers with local producers and in the local economy as far as possible.
We are not perfect. All funds are distributed locally. There is no corporate HQ. There is no tax avoidance scheme. We have one site in Neepsend, Sheffield S3 8BX.
We are completely open to you putting local producers in touch with us if you feel you can help us do a better job. Please contact us if you can.