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Billies & Tong

Billies & Tong offers something unique.

Owned & run by Gerry in Wells since 2014, the company supplies delicious biltong & biltong related products including biltong makers (dehydrators), cutters & spice. The biltong makers/dehydrators do not just have to be used for making delicious biltong, customers have also been using them to dry various types of fruit including mango.

What is biltong you ask? It is a form of dried, cured meat that originated in Southern African countries. It is a great source of protein and essential vitamins and minerals while being low in carbs. It is a healthy snack which many have been enjoying in their homes recently during the lockdown.

Alongside the biltong, all items displayed on the website have been lovingly made by Gerry who loves working with oak wood. The products are bespoke & custom made to order. Gerry predominately takes online orders however if you live locally, he can deliver straight to your door. Alongside Billies & Tong, Gerry also runs Bespoke My Oak, a new and upcoming business also based in Wells.

During the very first lockdown, Gerry's partner Natalie (who has now joined the business full time) marketed the business locally which lead to fantastic new customers & doorstep deliveries. Through this, Gerry & Natalie also got to know more local businesses owners who also faced the same challenges as them.

The aim & goal moving forward would be to have more local regular customers & Gerry & Natalie would like to try new flavours of biltong to add to their already delicious flavours on offer. Whilst unsure of what 2021 will bring, Gerry & Natalie will continue running the business predominantly online with the option of local doorstep deliveries.

The support over the past year has been overwhelming & positive & Gerry & Natalie hope this continues into 2021.