By Janice Allen-Brade
A Withington entrepreneur is hoping to taste success by bringing a Northern flavour to the luxury hamper market.
Louise Osuh, 28, has launched Percy Dee’s, an online collection of deluxe ‘deli-style’ food and drink items – many of which are sourced up North.
The hampers offer a host of tasty indulgences like Spiced Apple and Port Cheese from Shorrocks of Preston, and Christmas Day Chutney from Hawkshead Relish in Cumbria.
Louise said: “Percy Dee’s hampers are the ideal gift at any time of the year.
“We will vary hamper items to cater for a range of special occasions. So customers can feast on Christmas tea in December and relax with a cup of Detox Tea in January – before devouring delicious Rose Love Potion tea in February, the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.
“We also source products on request, and provide non-alcoholic bubbly, so customers can enjoy their very own gift hamper tailor-made to their tastes.”
Percy Dee’s has strong ethical and environmental values – all packaging is fully recyclable, and the company sources all its products from independent suppliers.
Laura Drabble co-owns Lollicakes, a growing cupcake company based in Didsbury. Laura commented: “It’s great to see a local company doing something so exciting – Percy Dee’s are bringing hampers bang up-to-date, just as Lollicakes is doing for the cake world.”
Food has become a major feature of Withington culture over the past 15 years as the student population has swelled. Quirky local eateries like Solomon Grundy and the Fuel Cafe are still going strong, and the town hosts a popular farmer’s market each month.
Passionate foodie Graham Chase said: “Companies like Percy Dee’s and Solomons try and do something a bit different, and their success shows what Withington has to offer. The food scene there and across South Manchester generally is really thriving.”