Cumbrian Food Direct welcomes a whole new team of staff
It's all change at West Cumbrian foodie business Cumbrian Food Direct. Based in Maryport, this online retail company has four new members of staff who are all raring to go to drive more deliveries of fresh Cumbrian produce to doorsteps across Cumbria. The business now consists of General Manager Nathan Sutherland, Marketing and Operations Manager Cath Tyrrell and Delivery Driver and Warehouse Operatives Malcolm Tanner and Stephen Dargue. After some time without a full team in place, now it's all systems go!
Cumbrian Food Direct is a social enterprise which has been operating since 2011 with the aim to connect Cumbrian producers with customers across the county through an online shop and delivery service similar to that offered by the larger supermarkets, but with one vital difference - the products on offer are LOCAL. The enterprise is supported by The Big Lottery Fund's Local Food Scheme, the Rural Development Programme for England and Allerdale Borough Council and seeks to keep food miles down and boost the local economy. Cumbrian Food Direct currently works with over 40 Cumbrian producers including well-respected and award-winning suppliers such as Claire's Handmade, Mr Vikkis, Bessy Beck Trout and Deer 'n' Dexter.
The new team can draw upon a wide range of skills to drive the business forward. Nathan Sutherland has worked across various industries, in caring, hospitality and entertainment, with experience of catering in hotel kitchens in Cumbria and Southern Scotland. Cath Tyrrell has most recently come from a marketing role at The Rheged Centre in Penrith, but also has retail and organic gardening experience, while both Malcolm Tanner and Stephen Dargue have enjoyed long careers in the food industry.
Cath said "Actually, I heard about Cumbrian Food Direct when it was still in the development stage, I thought it was a brilliant idea and became the very first customer! So I have supported the business from the start and I have thoroughly enjoyed my weekly delivery of scrumptious food, with the pleasure of knowing that I am also helping to support our local economy. Now that I am part of the CFD team I'm really looking forward to meeting other customers and suppliers and helping to champion one of the amazing aspects of our county - it's fabulous fresh food!"
Nathan is keen to explore other ways to increase the customer base, he said "We already look after the Cockermouth Local Produce Market on the first Saturday of every month, but we are looking into starting a mobile shop, which will bring quality food out to communities that otherwise have difficulties accessing good local shops; we also want to work with holiday cottage owners and agencies, to deliver delicious 'welcome packs' and hampers to holidaymakers, and we'd also like to develop partnerships with work places, where co-workers can join together and benefit from a shared delivery. We've got lots of ideas and we would love to hear from anyone who has an interest in where their food comes from"