WIN a foodie Christmas hamper
PUBLISHED: 09:22 12 November 2019 | UPDATED: 09:22 12 November 2019
Gift company The Hamper Guys, which formed four years ago after a visit to an auction, is offering a fabulous foodie treat in our competition
When three work colleagues decided during their lunch to visit an auction break, they had no idea that within four years they'd have formed a successful new business, working with major names such as Red Bull.
Andrew Hedges and Clive Mallon, from Taunton, and Tony Johnson, from Yeovil, are The Hamper Guys. Based in Taunton, they create bespoke hampers and gift boxes, filled with local foodie treats.
The key is in the name really, because if a large quantity of wicker hampers hadn't come up in that auction, the business would never have started.
Clive explains: "One lunchtime we thought, 'let's go to the auction at Dunkeswell and see if we can make some money'. A lot came up for wicker baskets and the price seemed too good to be true.
"After that we realised we needed to do something with them."
The three friends all work together at Somerset County Council. After initially selling to people they knew, then other individuals, they eventually moved on to specialise in corporate customers, creating bespoke boxes and hampers.
The hampers are filled with food and drink items, but they also source one-off keepsake items for clients, like etched glassware which was included for hampers for The Castle Hotel in Taunton.
Their initial supply of hampers was exhausted long ago, but they now use Bridgwater company Gadsby which supplies the various boxes and hampers for them.
Clive says that at first they approached national companies for food products but quickly realised that they had a wealth of locally-made goods to choose from - all of which were far more popular with customers.
"When we get potentially good orders coming through it's great for our suppliers too - we like being able to help them too."
And he adds that they've personally tried all the items in their boxes. "We have to for quality control!"
For your chance to win, enter below:
The Hamper Guys large Christmas hamper, worth £70, includes the following items packed in an authentic wicker hamper with leather straps and metal buckles:
- Miles Tea Kites Christmas cracker
- Miles Colombian Filtered Coffee
- Teoni's Christmas tin of cookies
- Bumblees Preserves Christmas chutney
- Original Cake Co iced Christmas cake
- Radford's Fine Fudge: Christmas pudding flavour
- Original Cake Co chocolate yule log
- Bumblees Preserves Merry Berry jam
- Sheppy's Spiced Winter Cider
- Chocolates by Eloise Bar of Chocolate
- Miles Hot Chocolate Christmas cracker
- Teoni's spiced finger biscuits
- Jar of Sedgemoor Honey
- Cheddar Gorge cheese straws
Can't wait to see if you've won? Order your hamper here.
Terms & conditions: The winner will be the first correct entry drawn from all the entries received. The closing date for entries is 23:59 on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Contents of the hamper may vary from that listed. No cash alternative. Full Archant terms and conditions can be viewed here.