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Bath Uni graduates bring market event to city
The students behind the Bath Soup Company
Jason Malone, Dominic Povey and Ed Smthe at the Frome Artisan Market

A student-run soup company is helping to champion local produce by running a month-long market event in Bath.

The Best in the West showcase will feature locally-sourced produce and give people the chance to make things like cheese, cakes and bread.

It will take place in Milsom Place from 17 April to 9 May 2010.

The Bath Soup Company was set up as part of a project last November and now has stalls at Frome's Artisan Market and the University of Bath.

The firm was created by University of Bath graduates Dominic Povey and Jason Malone, with Ed Smyth, a graduate of the University of Warwick.

It was formed during an 'Apprentice-style competition' run by the Students' Union, but their venture proved so successful that they decided to continue.

Championing local

Mr Povey, who graduated in mechanical engineering last summer, said: "We're committed to using as much local produce as possible in our recipes, so it's great to open our Milsom Place shop to champion local producers."

The company has also been recently recognised by Bath and North East Somerset Council's Chairman's Business Awards, which were held in March.

They highlight the work done by businesses who work alongside their local communities for a common cause, for example by supporting events and activities, by having a volunteering scheme or by using local suppliers.

The Bath Soup Company was commended in the "not-for-profit" category, with judges praising its "contribution in the local community and its innovation in helping solve real local issues in a creative and sustainable way".

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