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Friday, September 04, 2009  •  12:07 BST

Cinders of Stamford, the winner of the Shop Window competition

Cinders of Stamford, the winner of the Shop Window competition

HOGBEN POTTERY IS BEST TRADE STAND

Another significant competition, as far as the 500 trade stand holders at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials are concerned, is the annual prize for the ‘best trade stand.
This year the prize in the category of ‘main trade stands’ judged by Eddy Farrell, formerly involved with the Royal Horticultural Society and its shows and now based at Newmarket Race Course, was awarded to Hogben Potteries of Gerrards Cross (B25). The judging criteria included the presentation and friendliness of the staff as well as the initial ‘wow factor’,

“We are delighted to receive this prize especially as this is our first time at Burghley and we have been impressed with how friendly everyone is, said Edward Suter, a partner in Hogben Pottery. The company that produces a unique range of hand thrown and hand finished pottery jugs, mugs and flower pots, has six full time employees and been in business since 1991. “Our prices range from £6.00 to £50.00 so there is something for everybody and we can offer bespoke designs if required,” said Jane Hogben. “We also offer bronze sculptures which my Mother produces and she has just completed a commission for the Lisa Thaxter Trust which will be displayed at the Royal Marsden Hospital Children’s Ward.”

Smaller trade stand Jonny’s Sister won the craft trade award. The stand in the Rural Crafts Marquee that sells a range of British produced letters, cushions, large and small banners and soaps has customers all over the world. “We have been coming to Burghley since we started the business,” said Jane. “I enjoy Burghley, it is very friendly and the shoppers really seem to enjoy themselves.”