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FEATURE Made In Northamptonshire


Decade-long dream doubly realised


When a small group of food and drink fi rms gathered in January 2011 as inaugural members of a new county networking group, little could they have known the impact it would have on their business, not to mention the local culinary scene. Now, ten years on, Made In Northamptonshire (MIN) has helped


to support some of our fi nest local producers, retailers and eateries, culminating in the opening of not one, but two outlets selling everything from cheese to chocolate, beer to bread and sauces to spirits! T e decade-long vision for a venue dedicated to stocking only


Northamptonshire’s fi nest artisan treats, held by the group’s founder and Bozeat businesswoman, Rachel Mallows MBE, was initially realised when the fi rst MIN shop opened at Rushden Lakes just before Christmas, before it was sadly forced to close when the third lockdown was announced in January. But, with restrictions now lifted, the store is once again enticing


shoppers to the retail park, while a second branch is also in full swing, thanks to the recent opening of MIN at Jeyes of Earls Barton. With the group originally established to provide tailored guidance,


20 ALL THINGS BUSINESS


business advice and, crucially, to expand sales opportunities, Rachel says there couldn’t be a better way to mark its tenth anniversary. “We’ve been delighted to off er hundreds of hours of support to our dedicated and passionate producers over the last decade, helping many new businesses to launch and well-established fi rms to fl ourish but, ultimately, their success depends entirely on their P&L,” she said. “It’s why the opening of these two MIN shops is the icing on the cake, off ering not only the chance for them to reach more customers but also the opportunity for discerning buyers to try some of their wonderful treats for themselves and head home laden with local, quality produce, knowing it’s all been made just a stone’s throw from where they’re standing.”


Among the delights being stocked are a range


of goat milk ice-creams from Gander’s Goat at Cottingham, near Corby, run by recent stars of ITV’s Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh, husband-and-wife team Ian and Lauren Horton, and the couple believe they simply would not still be operating without MIN. “Lauren and I searched the country for the


perfect place to set up our business, and it was really only by chance that we ended up buying the farm here in 2016, but that was arguably the best thing we ever did,” said Ian. “T at’s because the help we’ve received through Made In Northamptonshire, whether tapping


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