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As Featured on Parcelhub "Customer Success Story", July 2018.
As Featured on "Tales from the (Tasty) Coal Face" series, June 2018.https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/tales-from-tasty-coalface-food-circle-supermarket-andrew-allen/
As Featured on Sheffield Food Festival blog, May 2018.
As Featured in Free From Inspired Magazine, April 2018.http://www.freefrominspired.co.uk/food-circle-the-solution-to-food-surplus/
As Featured in the Sheffield Telegraph (Johnstone Press) on March 15th 2018Food for Thought Interview: Paul Simpson
As Featured on Sheffield Live (radio) on March 9th 2018“Business Live” podcast on Sheffield Live – interview begins at 44 min 20 seconds
As Featured in the Sheffield Telegraph (Johnstone Press) on March 8th 2018New Online Shop Fills Niche For Surplus Healthy Food.
As Featured in the Sheffield Star (Johnstone Press) on March 6th 2018New Online Shop Fills Niche For Surplus Healthy Food
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The business was founded in October 2017 by former colleagues, Paul Simpson & James Barthorpe. While working closely together in the surplus food sector, they were amazed at the sheer volume of edible food and drink that was being destroyed or wasted, much of which was for reasons beyond the manufacturer’s control.
They particularly began to hone in on the healthy food and drink sector when they realised that existing redistribution outlets did not always prioritise this market, meaning a disproportionate amount was being wasted.
Despite still being in the early stages of trading, the business is already working in partnership with some of the biggest brands in the healthy foods sector, such as Grenade sports nutrition, and has a number of customers to which it sends parcels and bundles of food and drink that help them to live a healthy lifestyle, or in line with a dietary choice or requirement.
After a few months of steady trading, they are aiming to grow their customer base in order to increase the quantities of surplus food and drink that they can save from going to landfill, move into their own premises, and to employ their first member of staff.
Paul Simpson (27) is the Co-Founder of Food Circle Supermarket, a unique online retailer of surplus healthy and speciality food and drink, that would normally be sent to waste. He lives in Owlthorpe, Sheffield and enjoys a sporty and sociable life away from the office.
Paul Simpson (27) is the Co-Founder of Food Circle Supermarket, a unique online retailer of surplus healthy and speciality food and drink, that would normally be sent to waste. He lives in Sheffield, and has worked with some of the biggest food and FMCG brands & retailers in the UK to help them to find a solution to their surplus food and drink in his career so far.
Away from the office Paul loves playing football, is a huge Liverpool FC supporter and loves nothing more than spending time with his girlfriend, family and friends. Paul dreams of turning Food Circle Supermarket into a large and successful business that makes huge strides to ending food waste in the UK.
Born and bred in Sheffield, Paul is a graduate of The University of Huddersfield in Business & Finance, via a 2-year foundation degree at Hillsborough College with Sheffield Hallam University.
Through the Sheffield based graduate programme; RISE, Paul secured a job as Business Development Executive at a surplus food re-distributor in Barnsley, and began his food industry journey, whilst learning the ropes in Business Development & Sales.
After three years at the company, and after working his way up to become Business Development Manager, Paul spotted an opportunity to start his own surplus stock re-distributor but solely in the healthy foods sector. In October 2017, Paul left his job to start Food Circle Supermarket along with his colleague, James Barthorpe. He describes himself as completely obsessed with the company, success, and the feeling he gets when a new happy customer joins the battle against food waste.
Paul has a great deal of experience in helping small to large food & FMCG manufacturers & retailers in finding a solution to their surplus stock, including Morrisons, Warburtons, Weetabix, GSK, Grenade, Natural Balance Foods, 2SFG and Greggs.
James Barthorpe (25) is the Co-Founder of Food Circle Supermarket, an online retailer for healthy food and drink, which specialises in re-distributing in-date surplus food that may otherwise be heading for landfill. He lives in Doncaster and is a self-confessed history nerd, and Doncaster Rovers supporter.
James Barthorpe (26), is the Co-Founder of Food Circle Supermarket, an online retailer for healthy food and drink, which specialises in re-distributing in-date surplus food that may otherwise be heading for landfill. He is Doncaster born and bred, and is a proud lifelong supporter of his home-town football club, Doncaster Rovers, as well as a passionate foodie!
James has close ties to Sheffield, having studied History at Sheffield Hallam University. Despite opting for a degree subject in line with his passion and interests, James has never taken his eye off a career in the commercial world, and landed a Business Development role at a Barnsley-based surplus food redistributor after graduating.
He describes his three years in Business Development within the surplus food sector, as laying the foundations for the big jump into the business world, giving him valuable experience in Business Development and insight into the food & drink industry, as well as bringing him out of his shell and boosting his confidence.
His biggest moment was taking the leap to leave his full-time job, and join up with his colleague Paul to form Food Circle Supermarket.