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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Interesting people we meet on our travels - Today it is Ruth Wakeling - Bouverie Lodge Farm

As many of you will know we regularly stand at many Farmers Markets and Craft Fairs.

On our travels we meet some really talented and inspirational people and businesses - one such person is Ruth Wakeling at Bouverie Lodge Farm - read more about her and her business

    Who are you and what is the name of your business

    Answer.  Ruth Wakleing – Bouverie Lodge Bison Farm

                What products and items do you make?

    Answer.  Bison  Meat; Venison Meat  also Bison and Deer Skins

   How long have you been in business and how did it come about?

  Answer.  I been farming these animals for about 12 years – (must have  been drunk) started because fed up with bureaucracy  in normal farming – but now find ourselves tied in even more with these animals.

            What makes your products really stand out?

Answer.  Something different – the lowest fat, lowest cholesterol meat you buy.  Even lower than fish or chicken!

            Do you have a website – 

 Where else do you sell your products?
Answer.Farm Shop, Farmers Markets, On line

 What do you enjoy the most about your business?
 Answer. Turning it into a profit !

What do you enjoy the least?
Answer. Hard work – standing on the Farmers Markets with the rain pouring down, the wind blowing a gale a nd no customers because of it!

Any claims to fame, business related or otherwise?
Answer.Because of the nature of the product, we are often in the media in many guises.  
I also organise the Melton Mowbray Victorian Christmas Fayre 
( in my spare time – LOL ! )
Any plans for this year business related or otherwise?
Answer.  Just to try and increase business       

Can you give one piece of advice for anyone starting up in business?
Answer.  Think very hard, do all your costings, don’t forget to pay yourself, your time is as valuable as anyone else's.  
Create a good business plan.

 Anything you wish to add...
 Answer. Important to look the part, tidy and neat.  
Have good banners, signage, and fliers to tell people what you are about.  

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