Celebrating rural entrepreneurs

President’s Award

Essex Agricultural Society’s aim is to recognise the achievement of an Essex individual under the age of 40 in pursuing a rural business or adding value to an existing rural business over and above a normal farming activity. Ideally any activity should be raising the profile of Essex rural community.

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2019 President’s Award winner

Foxes Farm Produce is engaged in a diverse set operations: growing and selling wholesale pumpkins to supermarkets, but also to end users; growing and selling retail Christmas trees from their sites at Upminster and Basildon; pick your own pumpkin patches and corn mazes; and finally, the Farm Mud Runs, which consist of a 1.5km multi lap obstacle course mud run aimed at families. Foxes Rural Consultants stems from Guy’s qualification as a Chartered Surveyor. It is a RICS registered practice specialising in rural planning and farm diversification. Finally, Foxes Farm Fields offers exclusive dog walking fields for private hire at Colne Engaine.

The judges were impressed with the innovative nature of the businesses, the professional way in which they were marketed and the way in which business risk had been spread by engaging in such a number of different activities. Guy and Emily are clearly passionate about all of their businesses and had a clear strategy as to how further growth is going to be achieved over the next 12 months.

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2019 President’s Award runners up

Tim & Sophie Gurton

T & S Farms

Previous President’s Award winners

2018 Winner

Michael & Verity Sharp

Broomhills Farm

2017 Winner

Oscar Harding

Duchess Oils

2016 Winner

Henry Savage

All Weather Access

2015 Winner

Edward Ford

Childerditch Farms

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