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Consultancy with Clare Honeyfield

Clare has several decades of experience working with enterprise in the community. Through her work managing farmers’ markets, The Made in Stroud Shop, Made in Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire Food Links, Clare has worked with many hundreds of entrepreneurs, helping them to develop their ideas to create sustainable small businesses.

Clare was a founding director of the National Association of Farmers’ Markets, where she was part of the team who developed the criteria for farmers’ market stallholders in the UK. The Safe Food Policy for stallholders, written by Clare in conjunction with the Gloucestershire Food Safety Group, was adopted as a national standard for certified farmers’ markets.

In 2011, Clare was shortlisted for the Schumacher Award for her “.. invaluable contribution towards the revitalisation of the heart of Stroud and the re-localisation of the Stroud economy”. Judges stated “…her example gives inspiration to other similar projects around the country.”

Author of “The Farmers Market Handbook”, Clare is nationally recognised as having launched and created one of the most successful, and indeed the most awarded farmers market in the UK, in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Clare’s weekly column, “Market Matters”, ran in the Stroud Life newspaper for 5 years until her retirement from farmers’ markets in 2013. Her monthly column “The Good Life” about restoring a tumble down gothic walled garden ran in The Weekend magazine during 2012/13.

Having secured and managed several funding budgets of up to £300,000, Clare has successfully devised and delivered long term and short term projects working with schools, the community, farmers & growers and small businesses.

Clare has delivered training at Hartpury College and Cirencester Agricultural College to farmers and food & drink businesses.

Whilst running farmers’ markets, Clare was a regular contributor for many years at the Farm Retail and Markets Association annual farmers’ market conference, speaking to delegates and running workshops.

Listed in Cotswold Life Magazine as one of Gloucestershire’s Top 50 Business Women, Clare is available for talks, workshops and consultancy.

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