Here's what we Buy British, and what you should do on Buy British Day
Buy British Day is a social media day we can get behind - and a great excuse to tell you about our buying habits
Buy British Day is one of those days that crops up, well, pretty much every day on social media. You know the ones - National Cupcake Day, National Flat-Headed Screwdriver Day, National Go To The Bank Day. They're not really official national events - they're mostly organised by PR companies to draw attention to a product, charitable cause or important issue (but mostly products).
Buy British Day was created to draw attention to the Best of Britannia show, which showcases British manufacturing to support local industry and businesses - which sounds pretty good actually. It's happening today in King's Cross and there might still be time to get down there! In fact I'm rushing out this post a bit so I can rush off there myself (have you seen these SHOES?)
Anyway, now we've done our duty and given you a great way to spend your Saturday, we should probably get on to how we support British industry - this is a marketing blog, after all. As a food company with a bunch of ethical commitments, we make an effort to source British and local ingredients. That's for reasons of sustainability as well as doing our bit to sort out the trade deficit.
So here's the ingredients we consistently buy in Britain:
Eggs - from the organic Rookery Farm Milk and butter Seasonal produce - Nutbourne Nursery Bread - from lots of different British suppliers Rapeseed oil - from a little producer in Kent (so authentic the team didn't give me their name... am on the case) Fancy cheeses - Lord London, Brighton Blue and Quickes cheddar, which crop up on our menus a lot
Balancing the need to meet our ethical commitments and offer our clients a fair deal is something that takes up a lot of our time - as it should! From time to time we do supplier reviews and an investigation into what's out there and how we manage our sourcing, to ensure we're getting it right.
Okay, self promotion done. One last thing - if you're off to do your weekly shop later, here's a note on buying British when it comes to food. This only helps the environment if you also buy food that's in season in Britain. That's because the carbon cost of bringing food in from abroad is actually less than the carbon cost of growing out of season food in expensive climate-controlled facilities in the UK. Drop by the BBC's fab seasonal food chart for tips on what to buy today.
What products do you always buy British? Do you find it a challenge to keep things local and seasonal? Let us know in the comments or drop by Twitter @JustHospitality for a chat.