Sustainability Focus at First Network Event of 2024

Sustainability Focus at First Network Event of 2024

The first Hampshire Fare members’ networking event of 2024 was packed with lots of new members and familiar faces eager to make connections and introductions.

There was a special focus on sustainability with the event taking place at Lemon & Jinja in Romsey – the largest independent refill store in the country.

Natasha Dochniak, Commercial Manager, Hampshire Fare, welcomed everyone to the first network of 2024 and mentioned some of the exciting events lined up for the year, including a new business expo and an update about Hampshire Fare's Local Produce Guide 2024. She urged everyone to spread the word about local as word of mouth is the best form of marketing.

Jesse Dugdale, founder of Lemon & Jinja, and her manager Sophie Roe, both talked about the work the team undertake both in store and in the community, helping to encourage people to consider their impact on the environment. Jesse commented that more and more people are valuing sustainable practices.

Meanwhile Will Adeney and Thomas Baker of new trade services member Shipped by Sail challenged businesses to be bolder and greener in finding more sustainable alternatives to importing and exporting goods. Will described himself as an activist who is using business to create change for the better.

The evening also included a selection of delicious local produce to taste such as Hill Farm Juices and raffle prizes of Hampshire Fare tea towels were won by Paul Mason of Test Valley Venison and Helen Lang of A Basing Bakes. Local produce being showcased during the evening included Tea Mountain and Hampshire Soap Company.