Small and local businesses are on a decline, gluten free small businesses are being driven out by bigger competitors and supermarkets, so we want to help send some focus to smaller businesses and help drive support towards them.
Over the last month I have seen and heard of so many smaller free from businesses collapse or close to the edge of closing their doors due to supermarkets and big name brands always overthrowing the smaller businesses.
With the growth of free from in supermarkets small brands have just been pushed to the back and don't get seen as much as they should. Many of the small companies are so much better than supermarkets but they just don't get seen or get forgotten about. And right now other means of advertising aren't helping businesses get seen, social media and search engines have both changed how they work and unfortunately it's hit small companies the hardest.
We need to support local businesses whenever we can, they might be more expensive, but more expense for better quality is usually worth it. Even if you spend that little extra on a local product just once a month it can make all the difference between a small business being open for business or closed for good.
I decided a blog would be a good idea to share some of the wonderful local companies that are around, and I plan on this blog being ever expanding as more companies ask to be added, there are companies all over the UK which do all sorts from your standard cake businesses to obscure kits, there are just so many undiscovered gluten free manufacturers out there!
We have split companies into categories however some do appear twice if they fall into multiple categories...Baking/Handmade CakesIcky Sticky Cake CompanyAvailable nationwide - order online www.ickystickycake.co.uk/
Manchester based company producing a variety of gluten free cakes made with local ingredients.Happy Little Cake CompanyAvailable Nationwide - order online. Or Available to pick up from Northamptonshire www.thehappylittlecakecompany.co.uk
Northamptonshire based company producing a variety of gluten free cakes. (Also does custom cakes)Most Marvelous BakingSnacks available nationwide online. Northamptonshire based at markets www.mostmarvellousbaking.co.uk
Produces gluten free snacks and pies. Cracker snacks are available online. Pies only at markets around Northamptonshire.Taylors of CheshireCheshire based www.facebook.com/Taylorscheshire/
Gluten free and vegan pies and cakes. Available from local farmers markets and food fairs.Slab BakeryAvailable nationwide - order online www.slabbakery.com/
Gluten, wheat and refined sugar free cakes and puddings all available to order online.Berkson BakesAvailable nationwide - order online www.berksonbakes.co.uk
A variety of gluten free cakes, tarts and bakes available to order online. (Also do custom bespoke cakes in Brighton area)Newark Artisan BakeryNewark based www.artisangfbakery.co.uk/
Gluten free cafe and bakery with a variety of options availableHels' Kitchen Postal Brownie BoxesAvailable nationwide - order online www.helskitchenuk.com/
Gluten free brownies in a box straight to your door.Bake FreeExeter, Devon based www.facebook.com/bakefreeuk/
Locally made gluten free cakes and bakes available to order to collect and sold Exeter Cavern Cafe.BombonsLondon based twitter.com/Bombonsldn
Gluten free cakes and biscuits available from markets round LondonWildcraft BakeryLeeds based www.wildcraftbakery.com
Gluten free cakes, tarts, bisuits and bread all available to order and collect from Leeds based gluten free bakery. Packet Mixes and Recipe KitsIsabelsAvailable nationwide - order online www.isabelsfreefrom.co.uk
Gluten free packet mixes many of which are also dairy freeWow Cake CompanyAvailable nationwide - order online www.wowcakecompany.com/
Gluten free cake and brownie packet mixess.Custom Gluten Free Cake Makers and DecoratorsHappy Little Cake CompanyAvailable to pick up from Northamptonshire www.thehappylittlecakecompany.co.uk
Northamptonshire based bespoke gluten free celebration cake maker. (Also does artisan cakes to order online)Berkson BakesAvailable to pick up from Brighton, East Sussex www.berksonbakes.co.uk
Gluten free custom cakes, tarts and brownies all available to collect.Willow Cottage KitchenAvailable for pick up from Lymm, Cheshire www.willowcottagekitchen.com
Bespoke allergen free celebration cakes all of which are gluten free.The Local BakehouseAvailable to collect from Bristolwww.thelocalbakehouse.com/
Gluten free bespoke celebration cakes made to order. (Also does cake decorating courses)Free From Market Stalls/Shops/Online ShopsBeverley Wheat FreeMarket Stall East Yorkshire www.facebook.com/beveleywheatfree/
Market stall based around East and North Yorkshire selling a variety of gluten free products including Voakes pies.Free From PantryRushden, Northamptonshire based www.freefrompantry.com/
Physical shop is closing 30th November but they will be selling a variety of gluten free products online.CooriAvailable Nationwide - order online www.coori.co.uk
Coori produce a range of gluten free and dairy free products all available online from pasta to cakes and also sell other free from products.Flour BlendsFree From FairyAvailable nationwide - order onlinewww.freefromfairy.com
As well as a blogger, Free From Fairy has her own flour blends which are free of gluten and also rice free too. (Also does online courses for beginners to gluten free)Online Courses and Baking CoursesThe Local BakehouseBristol based www.thelocalbakehouse.com/
Cake decorating classes all have gluten free and vegan options. (Also does bespoke cakes)Free From FairyOnline course www.freefromfairy.com
Beginners course to living gluten free, helping guide you through the transition to gluten free. (Also sells gluten free flour blends)SaucesNowt PonceyAvailable nationwide - order online www.nowtponcy.co.uk
Coeliac friendly, vegan and low calorie sauces including pasta and pizza sauces.Breakfasts and CerealsMagic Porridge PotAvailable nationwide - order online www.magicporridgepot.co.uk
Gluten free porridge and granola pots.Catering/Private DiningThe Superfood Curry CompanyBerkhamsted, Hampshire based www.thesuperfoodcurrycompany.com/
Indian and Caribbean based caterers who can do private dining, high teas and private parties. Ranges can be made suitable for gluten free, nut, dairy or sugar free.Gluten Free GourmetSomerset based twitter.com/GF_Somerset
Specialist gluten free catering from street food to afternoon teas.Subscription boxesEnergy Ball Recipe KitsAvailable nationwide - order online www.energyballrecipes.com/
Plant based gluten free energy ball ingredient and recipe kitsNutribombzAvailable nationwide - order online www.nutri-bombz.com/
Raw snack boxes which are completely natural, gluten free and no added sugar.Travel CardsCoeliac SanctuaryAvailable nationwide - order online www.coeliacsanctuary.co.uk/shop
Coeliac travel cards, wristbands, stickers and more.
If you have small gluten free business you want adding to the list, let us know!