Liverpool residents can now shop online using one online marketplace to support local independent businesses. LIDS (Liverpool Independent Delivered Services) launched last month, headed up by Dave Critchley, Executive Chef of Lu Ban restaurant and has already become a firm favourite in the city.
Dave Critchley has worked with suppliers and independent traders across the region for over twenty years. With his expert knowledge of the sector, he has brought together some of the biggest and best-loved traders in the city at first as a response to the Covid19 pandemic in order to help those self isolating access quality goods. However, LIDS now aims to create a sustainable platform to continue to allow customers to buy from a range of retailers in one place, and get produce delivered straight to their door with next day delivery available.
Alongside his passion for supporting local business Chef Dave Critchley has also worked with food banks throughout his career and with LIDS is working to get quality food to those most in need through their community partner Knowsley Kitchen. When people shop with LIDS they have the option to donate to LIDS Give – this money allows Knowsley Kitchen alongside their community partners including Homebaked Anfield to supply fresh produce to vulnerable and struggling members of the community.
“The use of food banks has continued to grow year on year, and I recognise they are a lifeline for many in need. But I also believe everyone should have access to fresh and nutritious food and to understand the basics of good nutrition. With Knowsley Kitchen, we’ve brought together community organisations that support us to do just that. Right now we’re delivering over 200 fruit and veg boxes and 200 packed lunches to some of the most deprived areas of our city each week. We’ve got fantastic support from organisations such as South Liverpool Homes and LFC Red Neighbours helping get our produce where it is most needed and strengthening our work. As LIDS grows we aim to expand what we do to include educational workshops, recipe sharing, and much more. So when you shop with us you’re really helping us not only make a difference to our suppliers but to the community as a whole” Dave Critchley, Founder, LIDS.
You can shop with LIDS, keep local business going and give back to the community at www.thelids.co.uk
Current suppliers available through LIDS:
92 Degrees – Coffee
Enotica – Wine
Fuel – Fruit juices
Glass Lines – Cleaning and sanitary equipment
Harry Jesse Son & Co Seafood – Fresh fish
Laura’s Little Bakery – Cakes
LIDS Dairy – Dairy Essentials
Liverpool Tea Warehouse – Black Tea bundle
Luban Cooks – Cook along kits & Luban gin
McKuhens Butchers – Meat and poultry
Mrs Danvers’ Café – Afternoon Tea
People’s Produce – Liverpool Produce & Catering Supplies – Fruit and Veg
Pruno Wines – wine and spirits
Rafala UK – Tapas and Mediterranean
SKAUS – Soda bread, Scouse & sandwich fillings
Strange Drinks – Beer and Gin
The Little Shoe – Bread, Soup and pastries
The Liverpool Cheese Company – Artisan Cheeses
The Livepool Jam Company – Jam & Preserves
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