About Us

Food Float is a community interest company, incorporated in 2009, run by the community for the community. We aim to support the local economy by offering local profit-making businesses a reliable outlet for their produce at a fair cost. We also work with a number of individuals, including home bakers and beekeepers. Food Float itself is organised on a not-for-profit basis.

Local residents carry out a variety of activities. Many have been involved since the earliest days of the project and others have become involved more recently. Four people receive payment for their work.

  • Stephanie Wright, Former Chairman, Director and founding member. Sadly Stephanie died in 2019.
  • Nick Wright, Chairman.
  • Margaret Brett, Director. Margaret has brought the experience of a distinguished career in accountancy to the Board.
  • Jane Gavey, Director and founding member.
  • Jacqui Hamlin, Director and founding member.
  • Tim McEntire, Director and former Operations Manager. Tim is a former chef proprietor with a passion for local food. He retired from day-to-day operations in October 2021 after a decade of service to Food Float. We are delighted that he remains on our board of directors.
  • Julia Redfern, Online shop, website and newsletter.
  • Paul Street, Director and Operations Manager.
  • Maddie Sutton, Director and Operations Director.
  • Andy Tanner, Director. 
  • Ruth Thomas, Bookkeeper.

Food Float is very sociable! Look out for our cheerful stall and driver volunteers: Heather, Amanda, Karen, Liz, Alison, Margaret, Tessa, Barbara, Andy, Jane 1, Penny, Chrissie, Jane 2, Jacqui, Olivia, Nicole, Sue 1, Sue 2, Tim, John, Julia, Lynne, Nicky, Amanda 2, Paul, Maddie, Sue 3, Linden, David and Nick.

Our story so far
The stall opened for business on the High Street on 6 March 2010. Today the stall can be found in the main square of St Martin’s Walk on Fridays and on the High Street next to Boots on Saturdays, offering food from 30+ local producers throughout the year other than a brief break over Christmas/New Year – a place for conversation and laughter in addition to shopping. We traded on a delivery-only basis for a brief period during the first Covid-19 lockdown but re-opened the Friday stall at the first opportunity (19 June 2020) and stayed open. The support from our customers, suppliers, volunteers and MVDC was, and continues to be, fantastic. At the end of 2021 we took on a unit near the Medwyn Centre, which we call the FLOC – the Food Float Logistics Operations Centre. This has enabled us to streamline life behind the scene. Alongside the one-stop, centre-of-town Friday and Saturday stalls, we offer a delivery service on Thursdays to homes in Dorking and the surrounding villages.

Our name and logo reflect our founders’ original plan to run a reconditioned milk float as a mobile market stall which would provide locally-sourced, fair-priced food to people in Dorking and the surrounding villages.

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