With less than a month to go until Christmas, a new online shop showcasing locally made products has launched in time for the festive season.
www.wiltshiremakers.co.uk showcases artisans from across Wiltshire and neighbouring areas or those with products intrinsically linked to the County.
Seven artisans have been included in the initial launch phase these are:
- The Magnificent Seed
- Wessex Spirits
- Ta Moko Espresso
- Utta Nutta
- Alexander Chocolate
- Wilding’s Snacks
Shoppers have a choice of Wiltshire Gift Boxes online ranging from just £21.95, these include a Taste of Wiltshire which is a food and drink delight offering taste sizes of great local food & drink and is already proving to be a customer bestseller. There is also a Wiltshire Food & Drink Hamper offering full sizes of A Taste of and three pamper hampers with luxury handmade candles, diffusers and soaps.
Locals to Salisbury can also benefit from FREE delivery to any address up to 9 miles of the City! Gift Boxes are also available to post all over the UK.
Wiltshire Makers is a Community Interest Company. All the artisans and Directors were originally involved in some way with the popular pop-up shop 36 Salisbury which appeared on Salisbury’s High Street last Christmas and was a local authority led initiative. Wiltshire Makers is a not for profit company and is an evolution of the pop-up, it is now run by a Board of Independent Directors with support from the artisan community. It is there to support, promote and help grow the Wiltshire artisan community and to provide an online shop for them to showcase and sell their products with all profits being reinvested back into the company.
Director Claire Burden said,
“As we know the current pandemic is reshaping the shopping behaviours of many. We hope that our local independent artisans will be encouraged by the online sales and this will help them grow their businesses. By working together we can build a larger online presence, we are building on existing communities and increasing awareness and sales. I would encourage shoppers and businesses this year to buy local wherever possible and support the local economy be that through our website or other local independent traders who are showcasing their stores online.”
Claire added, “I wanted to thank James Fry and Dave Davies from local digital agency Blue Frontier for their kind sponsorship of our branding, which really captures the spirit behind the company.”
The aim is to grow the website over the next 12 months and adding products to suit the seasons and showcase new artisans. The next phase is an online art gallery selling local artwork. There are also plans for creating a members area for local artisans to subscribe to.
Director Terry Kemp said,
“By creating a members area we are aiming to support and grow artisans and their businesses. They will be able to access help & support from one area. We have already engaged with many artisans who want to be part of the wider Wiltshire Makers Family and this is incredibly encouraging, this will be an exciting 12 months for the company.”
For more information and to purchase a Wiltshire gift box please visit: www.wiltshiremakers.co.uk