East Hoathly farmer appointed to board of prominent London firm

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An East Hoathly farmer has been appointed to the board of Farmers & Fletchers in the City, the official home of The Worshipful Company of Farmers and The Worshipful Company of Fletchers.

Anne Courtney, who owns and runs Crouch’s Farm with her husband Jeremy, was elected to the top role at the firm, which also operates as a conference, meetings and private dining venue.

Anne will bring to the board commercial experience gained running a successful 800 acre dairy farm together with 400 acres of arable land, 22 offices, workshops and industrial units including an on-site bakery and a site for 180 spaces for caravans.

Prior to moving into farming full time, Anne, who was a qualified chartered surveyor, also gained hospitality experience spending five years in hotel management before changing careers and working for an agricultural valuers and auctioneers.

Anne said: “I am always looking for a challenge and I am very pleased to have the opportunity to help guide Farmers & Fletchers in the City operate to its full potential and raise its profile among potential clients.

“An important added benefit of growing the business is that any surplus profits generated are used to help the next generation of young farmers by providing various grants and award schemes to help improve and develop their skill

“Obviously, because of the farming connection, Farmers & Fletchers in the City aims to support British farmers as much as it can, in particular by buying produce from individual, specialist suppliers. Wherever possible our chef is encouraged to use home-sourced ingredients as well as incorporating forgotten foods.”

Farmers & Fletchers in the City is based at 3 Cloth Street, close to the Barbican in the City of London. It was closed for two years in 2013 to complete a £1.8m refurbishment and renovation programme.

Farmers & Fletchers in the City is now an elegant, contemporary venue, which was officially opened in September last year by HRH The Princess Royal.

Surplus profit from the hire of the hall is donated back into the farming industry, supporting farming and food production education, grants and awards, and providing substantial and much-needed financial help for students of specialised educational courses.

More than 1,600 delegates have completed the two flagship courses Farmers & Fletchers supports at the Royal Agricultural University and the Duchy College in Cornwall. To find out more, visit www.farmersfletcherscity.london.

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