Everyone has a plan until they are punched in the mouth
It's been a very tough year for us, and unfortunately we've had to scale things back.
Brexit hit us hard. The bottles we used are no longer available in the U.K. Our new bottles were costing us a fortune, and hold more sauce. A run that would produce 10 bottles now makes 7. We can't put the price up, so we had to take the hit.
Our profit fell to just 30 pence per bottle.
As a result, we've had to cut things back for a while. We could only afford to do one market a month, and have unfortunately had to remove our online sales and scale back the website, hence the current horrible Wix banner.
The company has no debt, so we have been able to keep going, and this week we finally secured a new bottle supply.
We've got some hours to put in, but we're back!
There's a lot to do, but we love making chilli sauce. We're back in the Best of British kitchen, cooking like crazy.
We will be re-stocked by the start of October, and back to a regular 2nd and 4th week in Bath Farmers Market.
The next step is to get our stockists resupplied and to get a couple of new flavours ready for Christmas.
We would like to thank all our customers and stockists who have been so supportive during this really, annoying period.
Doug and I would quite happily accept responsibility if our stupidity had threatened our business, but we'll be damned if stupid stupid Brexit takes us out!
Again, thank you to everyone for their support.
We may be down, but we're defiantly not out!
Doug and Lewis