Ginger marmalade!

A BUSINESS has seen production double at its Kingswood factory after receiving support from the West of England Combined Authority.

GingerBeard’s Preserves, which was started by Harry Calvert a decade ago in a one-bedroomed basement flat in Montpelier, expects that by the end of 2024 he will be producing 200,000 items a year and employing six people.

Investment from WECA, led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris, enabled Harry to install new equipment that speeds up the process of filling jars.

Mr Norris visited GingerBeard’s Preserves to learn more about its range of jams, preserves, chutneys and sauces, which are sold in independent shops and food service businesses and have won scores of awards.

 The Metro Mayor said: “The sweet smell of success is really in the air at GingerBeard’s Preserves. Their preserves and sauces are yummy, so it’s no wonder they’ve won so many awards! It’s great to be able to support a growing local business like this.”

 Harry Calvert said: “It was a pleasure to have the Mayor down to our place. The equipment purchased thanks to his grant scheme has helped us to safely increase production while keeping it small batch, meaning we can supply more of our awesome tasting craft preserves to the people of Bristol and beyond. 

“Keep your eyes peeled for a bunch of limited edition releases later this year to celebrate our 10th Birthday!”