This weekend will see thousands of British revellers head to a small Somerset town to celebrate the eponymous Glastonbury Festival, generating over £35 million for the local economy.
Glastonbury is far from alone in delivering a positive financial impact and research from the Association of Independent Festivals suggests independent music and art events have provided a £1 billion boost to the British economy in the past five years.
To recognise the contribution these events make within the UK, Aldermore highlights some of the inspiring traders who will be sacrificing their weekends to help the festival industry thrive this summer.
South Indian street food vendors Dosa Deli have a packed schedule for the 2015 festival season, attending a long list of live music events including Glastonbury, Latitude, Green Man and the Proms in the Park. The company specialises in producing comments Emma Jones healthy homemade vegetarian cuisine and is committed to using a proportion of its profits to support community causes, both locally and overseas.
Set up in 1981 by two cash-strapped artists looking for a way to afford festival tickets for their whole family, Festival Postcards sells a variety of vintage Glastonbury postcard designs from the past five decades of the event’s history. Now run by daughter Hester, the business also transports festivalgoers’ postcard messages from the site to a Royal Mail delivery van twice a day via bicycle.
Seed and Bean
As the UK’s only 100 per cent ethically accredited chocolate company, small business Seed and Bean is about to enter its third year as the official chocolate partner for Glastonbury. Founder Stephen Rudkin focuses on creating organic, Fair Trade and environmentally-friendly chocolate bars with bold flavour combinations, from lemon and cardamom to rich coffee espresso.
In 2009, Strathclyde university graduates Neil Mackay and Richard Starrett noticed a gap in the market for mobile phone charging points at festivals. Charge Candy was born as a result, and has now grown to include over 500 staff, offering portable and drop-off charging services at 69 different live events.
Pit Smoked Barbeque
Worcester based Pit Smoked Barbeque bring classic American recipes to the UK festival scene, using locally-reared meat slow-cooked over a wood-chip smoking pit. A regular fixture at city centre food festival series Grillstock, they have also previously catered for audiences at the Isle of Wight and Reading festivals.
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