Local Delivery Providers for Groceries and Takeaways
One good thing to come out of this year, is that it’s a lot easier to support local businesses now that we have a variety of home-grown delivery service providers in Sheffield.
Whether it’s ordering your weekly shop or a tasty takeaway, the advantage of using one of these providers is that you’ll be supporting the local economy, while the independents you buy from will likely keep more of their profits too.
So as we look ahead to a season synonymous with eating/drinking, here’s a rundown of local delivery service providers who could help provide your festive essentials and treats…
Launched by City Taxis just before the first lockdown, City Grab has helped a lot of local businesses adapt into the world of online delivery ordering. With a driver community of over 1500 in Sheffield and surrounding areas, this multi-delivery app platform, enables you to have your favourite local food and products delivered straight to your door. Order online or download their mobile app: www.citygrab.co.uk
A Sheffield start-up, 3miles are another platform that provided a vital lifeline to a lot of independent traders, as demand for online grocery shopping rose suddenly with the first lockdown. Having forged partnerships with speciality local retailers direct, including fresh meat, zero waste and organic produce, 3mile offers a fantastic range for your weekly shop, with same day delivery also available. www.3miles.co.uk
Sheffield Made was setup by local artisan cheesemakers, Sheffield Cheesemasters, based in Neepsend. With the pandemic impacting their normal supply channels with local hospitality businesses, chief cheesemaker Sophie started thinking of other ways to reach customers and help their fellow food producers sell their products online. The result is was Sheffield Made, an online marketplace for the producers across the city, with an increasing range of quality products, ranging from veg boxes and baking ingredients to gift hampers and even, Sophie’s own cheese making kits. https://sheffieldmade.co.uk
Sheffield’s iBE app is the UK’s commission free way for independents to deliver to customers, as well as serve them on premises. Launched back in October by the team behind the Milestone Group, iBE offers an affordable solution that gives back to everyone. Customers can have confidence that their money is going back to their favourite indies, while benefiting from cash back rewards themselves, on each order. The app is already home to the UK’s first virtual food hall too. ibeloyalty.co.uk/ibe-ordering
Chef Chef is an online supermarket for Sheffield, where you can buy produce from all of the Moor Market's favourite traders and have it delivered direct to your home. You can shop for your fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, baked goods, drinks, toiletries and much more. www.chefchef.store
Another home-grown online delivery app, Mealbase app. allows you to order food and drink from a range of Sheffield's best takeaways and restaurants. Launched by a group of Sheffield Hallam University graduates last year, £3 or more of each order goes back into the local economy, while users also earn loyalty points. https://mealbase.co.uk
Please note: we’re not saying don’t use the likes of Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats as a lot of local businesses use those platforms too, but it’s worth investigating all the different delivery options available and checking the methods your local businesses are using.
Some businesses may not even be using delivery services, but may offer Click and Collect if you don’t mind popping out to pick up an order. This is Sheffield’s comprehensive Coronavirus Directory, is a great resource for checking what indie businesses across the city are offering. https://www.thisissheffield.app/coronavirus-directory/