Ginger marmalade

A BUSINESSMAN who started making jams and preserves a decade ago in a one-bedroomed basement flat in Montpelier has launched his 2024 limited edition marmalade.

Harry Calvert runs GingerBeard’s Preserves – so named because of his red facial hair. His craft jams, chutneys and sauces have won scores of awards.

The company now operates out of a factory in Kingswood and has almost doubled production in the past year after installing new equipment that speeds up the process of filling jars.

Harry was helped by investment from the West of England Mayoral Combined Authority, led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris.

Mr Norris visited GingerBeard’s Preserves where he heard how the company intends to be producing 200,000 items a year by the end of 2024 and employing six staff. The products are sold in independent shops and food service businesses.

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!”