Decade-long dream doubly realised!

When a small group of food and drink fi rms gathered in January 2011 to launch a new county networking group, little could they have known the impact it would have on their business, not to mention the local culinary scene. Ten years on, Made In Northamptonshire (MIN) has helped to support some of our fi nest local producers, retailers and eateries, and is now celebrating its birthday with the opening of not one, but two outlets selling everything from cheese to chocolate, beer to bread and sauces to spirits!

The decade-long vision for a venue dedicated to stocking only Northamptonshire’s fi nest artisan treats held by the group’s founder, Rachel Mallows MBE, was fulfi lled when the fi rst shop opened at Rushden Lakes at Christmas, followed by a second at Jeyes of Earls Barton in the spring. For Rachel, marking the tenth birthday with these two new shops is the icing of the cake, bringing the double benefi ts of allowing wonderful, artisan producers to reach more customers but also giving discerning buyers the opportunity to try some of the fabulous treats for themselves and head home, laden with local, quality produce, knowing it’s all been made just a stone’s throw from where they’re standing.

Among the delights being stocked - and a must for summer - are a range of goat milk ice-creams from Gander’s Goat at Cottingham near Corby, run by Ian and Lauren Horton. Crucially for the couple’s success has been tapping vital business advice, accessing a trustworthy sounding board or increasing sales opportunities through events and festivals and the two new shops initiated by MIN.

The Rushden Lakes store is situated in the ‘Recovery Through Enterprise’ Hub beneath the multiplex cinema in the West Terrace. For details of its opening times, please visit MIN on Facebook at @MINFoodandDrink, call 01933 664437 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For further information about MIN at Jeyes of Earls Barton, please visit its Facebook page at @JeyesEarlsBarton.

For a full list of MIN’s artisan producers, please visit www.madeinnorthamptonshire.org 

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