Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 5°C

Search

Needham Market: ‘Barbecube’ sustainble charcoal in final of Ixion Enterprise Awards

16:33 27 June 2014

Amy Hardingham with her Barbecube sustainable instant lighting charcoal product

Amy Hardingham with her Barbecube sustainable instant lighting charcoal product

©East of England Coop

A new “green” barbecue fuel developed in Suffolk is among the finalists in the 2014 Ixion Enterprise Awards.

shares

The “Barbecube”, which is made at Alder Carr Farm, near Needham Market, is claimed to be the first British-grown instant-lighting charcoal,

Amy Hardingham, creator and owner of Barbecube has now been shortlisted in the Innovation category of the Ixion Enterprise Awards in recognition of her work in developing the new product and bringing it to the marketplace.

She said: “People are used to thinking about where there food comes from, but they don’t extend this to the fuel they use for their barbecue.

“Up until now, if you wanted to have a barbecue without huffing and puffing over a fire and getting covered in charcoal and ash your only option was to buy imported charcoal soaked in lighter-fuel. These commonly contain material from rainforests and have been transported half way round the world.

“I wanted to change this. Charcoal production is a major global driver of deforestation; charcoal produced in the UK, on the other hand, comes from sustainably managed woodlands.

“Buying British charcoal not only protects forests overseas, but helps to support Britain’s woodland economy and wildlife.”

The Barbecube’s cardboard packaging doubles as the fuel for lighting the high quality, sustainable British charcoal inside the box, meaning no need to use lighter fluid and no waste packaging to throw away. The charcoal is ready to cook on in about 15 minutes.

The Ixion Enterprise Awards, which are due to take place at Westminster Hall on Wednesday next week, are run by Ixion Holdings, a not-for-profit company which gift aids 100% of its profits to its parent company, Anglia Ruskin University, which has charitable status.

Besides the Innovation category, in which Barbecube is up against competition from four other finalists, the awards also include Community, Product, Service and Digital and Challenger. An overall Ixion Business of the Year will also be named, selected from among the other winners.

“I’m delighted to have been shortlisted”, added Amy. “it’s a really exciting time; this is Barbecube’s first summer and the reception so far has been fantastic.”

Barbecube is available to buy at Alder Carr Farm and at East of England Co-op stores throughout Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex as part of the society’s Sourced Locally range.

shares

2 comments

  • Finding a market niche like this in which to sell over-priced goods to people who will pay over the odds for anything with "sustainable", "Fairtrade" or "organic" on it is good business. It can be a risky business if the business relies on the volatile factors such as government subsidies, taxes or other state manipulation of the market. However, persuading legislators to *insist* on trumped-up reasons that we buy the premium product rather than the cheaper product is an early-warning sign of corruption and racketeering.

    Report this comment

    Roy Everett

    Sunday, June 29, 2014

  • Well done Amy! It's a tough world out there, including the charcoal market, with only a few big players. Wishing you the best of British in your venture. The principles upon which you have based your product are splendid.

    Report this comment

    Hans Schreuder

    Friday, June 27, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Air Training Cadets corps parading through Felixstowe to mark 75th anniversary of the movement

A number of air training cadets paraded through a Suffolk coastal town this morning to mark 75 years of the movement.

Town fans at QPR's Loftus Road ground on Saturday

There was late heartbreak for Ipswich Town’s 3,000 travelling fans as the Blues went down 1-0 at Queens Park Rangers.

Swans - outrage as swans killed in Sudbury Meadows

Police are investigating after a swan was allegedly killed and its body dumped in a hedge on the Sudbury meadows.

Major-General Townshend, Khalil Pasha and other unidentified officers after the surrender of the Kut garrison in 1916

The siege of Kut-al-Amarah... It hasn’t been looking good for the allied soldiers. Can they turn the tables? Mike Peters Galloway’s resident military historian, discovers what happened next in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) 100 years ago

Bev Lambert, left, of the Over The Rainbow charity with the Moore familiy - Sarah and Kevin Moore with children Curtis (15), Ellie (12), Bethany (7) and Rhys (4).

An appeal to help a Suffolk family coping with a severely autistic child who is unable to sleep through the night has reached its target – after an anonymous donation for the full amount.

Charity evening on the ice at Winter Wondeland in Colchester

Suppliers, small businesses and individuals have “little chance” of getting any of the quarter of a million pounds they are owed from the collapse of Colchester’s outdoor ice rink.

Freston Tower

Dendrochronology is the scientific art of dating timber by comparing the patterns in the end grain of a sample from the building in question with the known growth of typical trees at the time, writes John Norman, of the Ipswich Society.

Tracy Root with Ruff and Tumble... or Tumble and Ruff. 'I definitely love cats as much as dogs, but I think dogs give you more back than a cat'

The BBC has set the cat among the pigeons with the launch of a short series with a provocative title – Cats v Dogs: Which is Best?

QD Stores logo

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing a disturbance at an Ipswich branch of QD.

Ipswich Hospital has bought the old Bridge School site for development.

Ipswich Hospital’s redevelopment plans have received a major boost after it bought the site of the former Bridge School on Heath Road.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24