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Cambridge Fruit Company

14 Robert Davies Court, Nuffield Road, Cambridge, CB4 1TP

01223 425308

http://www.cambridgefruitcompany.com

Neil Bharadwa launched the Cambridge Fruit Company in 2005, successfully supplying fresh fruit and veg to workplaces across Cambridgeshire. It’s very much a family business, with Neil’s sister Nisha joining about three years in – it turns out the siblings make a great team. Mum and Dad live just around the corner too, and Mum regularly drops in with samosas for lunch.

 

Before the Covid 19 pandemic hit, they supplied over 150 customers, including local offices, restaurants, pubs, cafes and schools. But in March 2020 everything shut, and The Cambridge Fruit Company were close to losing everything – their sales virtually disappeared overnight and their world collapsed.

 

Never one to give up easily, Neil responded quickly and with his typical energy and positivity. To regain some of his trade, he set about pivoting the business to serve residents instead of his traditional customer base. People started ordering fruit and veg boxes for their homes, but not just for themselves. Generosity and acts of kindness prevailed and as a result, Neil’s new customers started ordering extra boxes for those in need – matching their orders by donating boxes to charity, namely the Red Hen Project, as well as donating fruit and veg boxes to NHS frontline staff. Neil and the rest of the Cambridge Fruit Company team have sent over 1000 boxes to local families in need and the NHS, as well as keeping their business alive. They fed over 167 families over the lockdown Christmas with Turkey and trimmings.

 

In August 2020 Neil and his team were recognised by Her Majesty, through The Queen’s Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, for the amazing contribution they have all made to the city and its residents in a time of need. So, here they are today, moving forward as a local indie business, serving their community, and building their future for the next chapter.