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Catering & Leisure Supplies Ltd (which runs this website) is not the creation of a bank or private equity fund. It is a real company that started small and has grown through real hard work - not easy money.

Jonathan started working on the development of ecommerce software in 2000 and we used the software to start selling cafe related products online before most people had grasped the changes in society that the web was going to force.

The high street has been killed by the supermarkets and by monopoly landlords who have worked with banks, private equity and other financial organisations to destroy independent high street shops and replace them with chains. And the government colluded with Amazon to allow it to destroy what was left of the high street shops.

So it seemed to us that the only way forward was to embrace this new web technology - where we had a chance of staying ahead of the big money. We didn't borrow from anyone we just worked day and night developing our software & packing boxes to make online shopping using our software easy and safe. Now 1 million lines of code later we are turning over £3m a year and battling against Amazon, eBay and all the other vicious pirates who pay no taxes and pay off journalists to prevent any criticism of the way they are destroying small businesses.

I take great pride in not needing the support of friends in the media to give us free publicity or capital from rich friends or banks. I run my company to reflect who I am, honest, reliable, believing in the products I sell and able to admit when I make mistakes. I think my customers appreciate this approach.

The business is run by a team of 8 hard working people who use the software we develop in-house to cope with ever expanding logistical and regulatory requirements.

We specialise in looking for products that you won't find in Argos or Tesco. We read blogs, listen to customers, chefs, mixologists & baristas and search out companies who are making innovative, unique or best in class products. We try to buy British where we can. I spend every day investigating leads and developing relationships with new and existing suppliers.

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