HOW IT BEGAN
The roots of Arthur Street Trading Company stretch back into the 1980s. Spurred on by the lack of good healthy local food and aided by another worker co-operative, Giroscope Ltd, which provides affordable housing throughout West Hull, Arthur Street’s predecessor, the People’s Trading Company, (PEEPS), was formed.
Peoples Trading Company began life as a food club run from a back bedroom in a terraced house off Wellsted Street in 1991. In 1992 with the help of Giroscope we bought the only shop on Wellsted Street and set about renovating it, finally reopening on March 17th 1993. PEEPS provided fresh vegetarian and ethically-traded convenience foods from 1993 to 1998.
A short time later some of those involved joined with other like-minded people to form the Arthur Street Trading Company Ltd based at new premises at the rear of 23 Arthur St. The business was registered as a worker co-operative in 1999 as it allowed us to adopt a democratic and ethical constitution, and let us control the development and direction of the business at all times.
We set up in order to provide affordable, high quality organic foods, and to do this by sourcing organic fruit, vegetables, wholefoods and other groceries from local growers and national suppliers. We have provided an award winning box scheme throughout Hull and surrounding towns and villages since 1999. (We won a Commended Home Delivery Service Award from the Soil Association in 2001).
We feature foods that are free of artificial preservatives, colours, flavours, sweeteners, and hydrogenated fats. Our service delivers locally (previously in a converted milk float that could be recharged via solar power from the photo-voltaic tiles on the roof of the workshop that housed ourselves, Giroscope and a number of other Social Enterprises).
The veg-box delivery scheme uses produce from local organic growers wherever possible, but we also buy in from other suppliers in order to satisfy our customers’ requirements. We have a very personalised service whereby our customers can select from a regularly updated price list which is emailed out every week and updated to our online store. We do not charge for deliveries and have a minimum order value of only £5; as such we try to reach out to those usually disadvantaged by age, income or access to transport.
In July 2016 one of our longest standing suppliers, Bob Slater, decided he wanted to retire and asked us if we’d be interested in taking over the 3 acre Walled Garden at Rise which he’d been renting since 1999. The opportunity to start growing our own organic produce for our veg boxes was too good to turn down and after negotiations with the landowners, which resulted in us taking over half of the Walled Garden, we finally relocated our workshop in October 2016 and started a fresh journey of becoming organic growers.
Meet the Team