About Real Economy

/About Real Economy
About Real Economy2019-01-08T14:24:37+00:00

Real Economy started out as a food cooperative and it continues this work. People place a weekly online order for food from our range of local and ethical producers. We receive the food from producers, sort it, pack it and distribute it to collection points around the city. We have recently begun home delivery in some areas.

But…over the years our thinking and practice have developed. We have always paid special attention to getting healthy food into areas of the city where many people are in difficult circumstances and this has developed into a plan for a network of Real Economy Centres, which we are now implementing. Each Centre will be focused on

  • Providing Healthy Food
  • Building Community life
  • Re-imagining our Society

Check our ‘Our Vision’ and ‘Our Real Economy Centres’ to find out more about this.

We have become a charitable community benefit society in order to manage the work with our Real Economy Centres and are launching our own ‘Solidarity Fund’ to support the provision of food to our Centres.

We have also formed a trading company known as Real Economy Trading Company Limited which manages the sale of food.  This trading subsidiary is owned by the charity and its profits go to the charity.

In order to comply with the new data protection regulations (May 2018) we are making available a privacy statement which details how we treat data.

Meet the Real Economy Team

Chris Sunderland
Chris SunderlandExecutive Director
Delphine Briere
Delphine BriereOperations Manager
Delphine deals with the all management of our trading subsidiary: updating the website, liaising with producers and members, admin and accountancy…
Florence Pardoe
Florence PardoeReal Economy Southmead Development Worker
Development worker at Real Economy Southmead Centre. Increasing access to healthy food, building community and re-imaging a better society with the people of Southmead.
Sian Brewer
Sian BrewerCommunity worker
Sian faciliates this Thursday group (10am-4pm), based at Feed Bristol, Frenchay. She recruits and supports volunteers (some of whom need additional support) to get involved in the work of the farm and also to cook a meal together for lunch. Volunteers on low incomes go home with a veg bag and real economy vouchers if they would like them.
Polly Turnill
Polly TurnillHub Assistant
Multi skilled and versatile, Polly is essential to the running of our shop. She takes great care of sending you your weekly orders.
Ellen Sziede
Ellen SziedeCommunication and Marketing
Rich of various experiences in working with small and large entreprises, Ellen uses her skills to spread to word about the great work done by Real Economy.
Van OD
Van ODDelivery
We’ve partnered with Van OD, a Bristol based delivery service, to deliver our orders out across the city.

Our Directors

Carol Laslett
Carol LaslettDirector
Ex-librarian, grandmother, urban goatkeeper, trying to change the world ( still !! ) ,growing veggies where ever I can!
Ramona Andrews
Ramona AndrewsDirector
Ramona Andrews, Board Member of Real Economy and freelance food writer and digital content producer
Dave Fung
Dave FungDirector
Dave Fung, Owner of Little Wild Catering, Manager of Old Market Assembly Bakery, general cook, forager, allotmenter and foodie.
Lucy Jackman
Lucy JackmanDirector
Roberta SunderlandDirector