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Established in 1984 by Gin and Geoff Hayward, Virginia Hayward Ltd has grown from a cottage enterprise to being a leader in the luxury wine and food hamper industry. The business remains wholly family-owned and managed and employs over 70 full-time staff, with that figure tripling in the weeks before Christmas.
Over 35 years of supplying and building hampers for some of the most prestigious companies in the UK has given us immeasurable experience in the field. Throughout our significant growth our company ethos has remained the same and is deep-rooted in all that we do:
“To source and supply high quality, beautifully presented luxury food and wine hampers that are reliably delivered and delightfully received in a timely manner and are supported by impeccable levels of customer service.”
We understand the need for a reliable, quality service in the modern gifting market and feel we offer a complete solution. Our customer service is a vital link in our chain and we place a huge emphasis on getting this right for every customer, whether they are ordering 1 hamper or 10,000. We aim to ensure every hamper leaves us in pristine condition, is carefully delivered and thoroughly enjoyed by the lucky recipient. We only include luxury food and wines which people will genuinely use and enjoy. Each product is hand-selected and tested for quality. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!
We currently operate from over 200,000 square feet of purpose built modern warehousing and office space in Shaftesbury, Dorset. We primarily traded from the same premises in Stour Row but our expansion and the challenges of being split between two sites prompted the move of all operations to Little Down Business Park in Shaftesbury, which was completed in the summer of 2015.
As a business we understand the environmental impacts of our actions and we are constantly working to reduce our waste, increase the amount we recycle and minimalise the on-going impacts of our hampers and gifts. From using 100% re-cycled cardboard and bio-degradable packaging, to carefully reviewing our logistics, we place real importance on ensuring we operate in the most environmentally minded way possible.
We are lucky to be surrounded by stunning countryside and we work wherever possible with local food and drink producers to ensure we support other thriving local businesses.