A Taste of Christmas from New UBC Client British Regional Hampers

UBC Welcomes British Regional Hampers to Henley-in-Arden

UBC’s Forward House team is delighted to welcome a producer of delicious hampers and corporate gifts to Henley-in-Arden - just in time for the festive season!

British Regional Hampers brings together the best of British food and drink from high-quality artisan and independent suppliers, showcasing diverse regional specialities from across the UK.

A Taste of Christmas

From their new offices in Henley-in-Arden, the team are producing a set of Corporate Christmas 2021 hampers with a special focus on the local area, including Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands.

Founded by self-taught chef and gourmet caterer Kate Rouse and her travel journalist husband Paul, each hamper is designed as a gastronomic tour of the region. In addition to local specialities, every box comes with a practical guide on where to find the best tucked-away places to eat, sleep and shop in the local area, so you can visit for yourself and enjoy a truly regional experience.

Even better, you can customise your hamper and work to a pre-agreed budget, which is ideal for small-to-medium sized businesses. Or simply select a ready-made hamper ‘from the shelf’. Gifts and hampers can also be customised in company colours and branding plus magazines with a message from the CEO, a company profile, and a personal thank-you to staff and/or clients.

British Regional Hampers offers another unique service in these challenging times: Desk Top Party Hampers are a great way to celebrate, safely, in style. A number of clients have requested a special way to mark the season that is perhaps more socially-distanced than most normal company Christmas parties. Employees can still enjoy all the products, and the occasion, and even those working from home can join in on Zoom.

Self-taught chef, gourmet caterer and all-round foodie Kate and her travel journalist husband Paul returned to the Midlands in 2020 after working in Cyprus, the Middle East and most recently Portugal, where she ran the leading catering company in the Algarve. Kate’s passion for food led her to realise that whilst the UK is full of amazing produce, magazines littered with sumptuous photo-spreads, and social media inundated with food and travel experiences, the reality of finding great food was often quite difficult.

“Farmers’ markets and farm shops are fantastic,” says Kate, “but of course they only sell produce from your region. How do you eat amazing Warwickshire food for instance if you live outside the area? How do you discover that extraordinary British wine when annual production only extends to 1500 bottles, treat yourself to new taste experiences, or simply find an ideal food-inspired gift for someone you care about?”

“Our watchwords are British, artisan, unique, sustainable and limited-edition,” explains Kate Rouse, MD of British Regional Hampers. “We focus on high-quality independent suppliers, many of whom usually sell via farmers’ markets, in local shops or online, offering products not available in the mass retail market. If you want to support local small businesses, love exploring British produce, want sustainable and environmentally-friendly products, and are looking for memorable gifts, talk to us.

“Every producer has a story,” adds Kate.  Local specialities from the Midlands that you might find in your hamper this year include:

  • A rosé wine produced on land once owned by Shakespeare’s family
  • A vintage clothbound cheese from the oldest cheesemakers in Britain
  • An exceptional elderflower liqueur from the Ragley Estate
  • An aubergine pickle whose sales help support Worcester Cathedral
  • A black salt developed in conjunction with Moseley’s Michelin-starred chef Brad Carter.

 Feeling hungry? Head over to www.britishregionalhampers.co.uk to see the full range for yourself.

As a company dedicated to the Midlands, with flexible offices in Henley-in-Arden and a head office in Solihull, UBC is thrilled to welcome British Regional Hampers to this corner of Warwickshire, and we look forward to supporting Kate and Paul’s gastronomic journey.