40 UNDER 40

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This year, Abbey England celebrates its 40th birthday and what better way to celebrate then celebrating our best craftspeople.

Our scholarship this year comes with a twist. We want you to nominate your favourite craft maker, who you think deserves to be our scholarship winner of 2022 - 2023 and receive a £1000 towards our workshop tools and supplies.

What is the '40 under 40' list?

'40 under 40’ will celebrate the top 40 makers under the age of 40. All nominations for our scholarship will be considered for the 40 under 40 list.
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Suzie Fletcher

Suzie Fletcher

Master Saddler

MasterClass from a Master Saddler

Our top 40 makers will be celebrated across our social channels, as well as having the opportunity to experience an exclusive masterclass workshop with the BBC’s Repair Shop star, Suzie Fletcher, Master Saddler. The 40 successful makers will be invited to attend this event in the autumn of 2022.

“Celebrating and encouraging the best of British young makers is so important to me. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead this masterclass and hopefully inspire others to create beautiful things with leather.”

Suzie Fletcher, Master Saddler

When she’s not filming for the BBC’s Repair Shop, Suzie specialises in saddle making, especially for women, saddler repair, overhaul and retro fitting of saddles as well as restorations for leathergoods and leather furniture.


Nominations and self-nominations from any individual are welcome.


Any person under the age of 40 who is currently undertaking saddlery or leathercrafting.


Nominations are open until Friday, 29th July 2022.

Our 2022 – 2023 winner will be announced September 2022.
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Click here or the button below to nominate your candidate for The Abbey England Scholarship and for the '40 under 40' list.

"Our ‘40 under 40’ list of wonderful makers will be a fine example of today’s craftsmanship and skill."

"We look forward to the next 40 years by celebrating young business owners and those who are at the beginning of their leather and saddlery careers who will carry the skills and love of our craft, into the future."

Richard Brown, CEO

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