More and more often we are asked for recommendations for various products and services. Â With 2020 being a different year that we have not experienced before we are working on promoting local businesses where possible and, if not, those who are working on great things for the environment, charities and basically wanting the world to be a more positive and better place for us all.
We use some fantastic people and companies, that I believe are so great I am more than happy to thoroughly recommend them.
Please feel free to feedback and let me know how you get on with them. Â I do not receive anything in return for the recommendation unless stated.
We have found some fantastic local (CO10 postcode deliveries) companies to enable us to stay at home and have as much as possible delivered to the door to avoid ‘touch points’ and support local businesses at the same time – win win!
Some of these we have been using for years, others we have found this year by trying to avoid using the ‘Big 4’ and instead making small business owners do happy dances wherever possible! Â We will continue to use these as much as we can as we truly do not want businesses to disappear – so please use the links below and support where you can.
Cox’s BoxesÂ – Greengrocer
A fantastic service, quality and people who care about their customers. Â Cox’s are on Sudbury market every week but also supply veg, salad, fruit boxes and so much more with delivery to your door. Â They have such a high personal standard of customer service we wouldn’t go anywhere else for fantastic fresh food.
Clarkes of Long Melford – Butcher
With a shop in Long Melford, Suffolk coming soon, Clarkes and Son’s meat quality in their boxes is fantastic. Â We have started receiving their boxes through lockdown and we couldn’t get any more local to us! We’d definitely recommend a BBQ box no matter what the weather, the meat is outstanding.
Tanswells Bakery – Bakers
Tanswells have moved to bigger premises in the village and it’s no wonder why, their bread, cakes and pastries are amazing!! When it comes to November we mention to everyone we can that you need to pop down to the top to buy the best mince pies ever. Fact. Â We promise, go along and you will not be disappointed.
Byhams Dairy – The Milkman!
We have had milk delivered to our doorstep in the early hours of the morning for years. Â As we’re not up at 4:30am we’ve never met the milkman but traditionally swap Christmas cards! Yes, buying local is not always the cheapest but you are paying for that extra service, quality and great range of products they know they can get to you each morning.
See Dee Pets – Animal Food and Supplies
You know those shops that have been there forever, so much so, you drive past each week and don’t even realise it is there?! This is one for me. Â I’m ashamed to say that it is only in my 2020 quest to buy as much as I can locally that I was recommended our local pet shop. Â Place your order, call to pay and the goods are put in your car when you arrive to pick up – perfect!
Baked by Humphries – Treats via post and celebration cakes
Started in lockdown 1.0, this gorgeous bakery was set up by 2 very lovely sisters and has gone from strength to strength this year. Â Instead of buying the chocolate by the tills I have gone from brownies by post to visiting Gina and Jessie at Sudbury market every Saturday for my weekly brookies, cake jars and truffles. Â Vegan friendly, gluten free and just indulgent treats, definitely worth visiting for yourself or a friend’s special occasion.
Health Foods For You – Everything for a healthy lifestyle
The first business in Sudbury, Suffolk to offer products available without packaging. Â Take in your own bags tubs and what works for your for refills in grains, cleaning products and so much more. Â All your vitamins, minerals from a fantastic knowledgable team who are on hand to give you the best advice.
Smol – Laundry and Dishwasher
We started with a free trial with the eco-friendly products catching our eye, less packaging, delivery to door, full control of our account, the only thing to check were the products. Â After the trial we have set up our regular delivery as it was a success with great performance. Â A whole new way of ordering laundry and dishwasher detergent – great changes!
Who Gives a Crap – Toilet Paper
Toilet paper on subscription? Â Another new way of ordering but, delivery to the door, a fun name and great for the world! Â The link above gives you and I both Â£5 off our first / next orders so go ahead, give them a try! I promise you will smile each time you open a new roll.
Men’s Den – Barbers
A fantastic barbers which the other half regular visits and my daughter had her first trim there! Sam is awesome at making guys look stylish, sharp and, well kept! Â Now taking bookings for 2020 to ensure distance and no waiting, it is a suitably stylish shop where a haircut is an experience and you leave feeling your best self.
Balanced Life – Sara Clarke Personal Trainer
A personal trainer who is passionate about your fitness and nutrition goals as much as her own. Â Whether it is one to one fitness sessions or group bootcamps you are looking for, take a look at the website and get in touch with Sara. Â I can definitely recommend her bootcamps, not easy but hopefully I’ll see you there soon!
Aspiring Nutrition Solutions – Nutritional Advice
Sarah works with you to break down food barriers and to help you live a healthy life. Â Food affects so much of what we do and how we feel without us realising, Sarah helps you find out what makes you feel great and not so great to live a healthy life.
Prudent Nellie – Lifestyle home and gifts
Another new for 2020 local company! Based in Long Melford Antiques Centre and available to contact to purchase direct at the moment this awesome lifestyle shop is one of those places where you walk around and decide you need everything whether it fits in your house or you will need to redecorate around it – the choice is inspiring!
Locked in Photo Art – Prints, pictures, cards, cushions and more
Another 2020 new company! A great idea and inspiring pictures which are delivered to you ready to hang on your wall, send to a friend or sit on your sofa. I’ve purchased a canvas already as a Christmas present and am so excited for the recipient to see it!! Sarah helped me every step of the way to find the best image, on the best canvas and the best shape – no more surprises arriving when dimensions have been misunderstood!!
BB Plumbing and Heating – Ben Boxall
With over 20 years experience, Ben is a very reliable and reasonable plumbing and heating expert. Â From an annual boiler service to a whole new hearing system it is definitely worth getting in touch for a quote.
Hill Farm Joinery LimitedÂ – Dan Martin
Over the years Hill Farm Joinery have built our bespoke kitchen, cupboards and doors. Â Friends and family have also used them for bespoke kitchens, wardrobes and bookcases, also recommending them to others due to their work being such a high standard.