Receive up to £175k with an RDPE grant.


For our second feature in our exchange, we discuss how your business can benefit from the UK Government’s RDPE grant. But first, let’s address the question, what is an RDPE grant…?

RDPE stands for Rural Development Programme for England and its objective is simple, to create jobs and growth in the rural economy through funding. The fund itself can help pay for constructing or improving buildings or buying new equipment and machinery.

A Final Farewell. Letters From Lucy: January 2020.

I’ll start off by saying if you were ever to read one of the blogs I’ve written over the last year, this is the one I’d want you to read.  Especially seeing it’s the start of the new decade and many are taking a moment to give their life a once over. 

The exact moment I realised I needed to change my life happened in 2014 when I was sitting on a bale in the hayloft trying not to cry at work. It was in that moment I was at my “rock bottom”. I’d felt totally useless and incompetent for so long and that day had been the breaking point.

Abbey Strap Cutter


In our first video as part of out Information Exchange, Andrew takes you through step by step how to assemble your Abbey Strap Cutter. The video ends with a demonstration using 3.5mm – 4mm Sedgwick bridle leather.

Letters from Lucy: December 2019

Since January 2019, our scholarship winner Lucy Cushley has kept inundated with all her saddlery career.  In her final blog of 2019, Lucy discusses her recent encounter with her local primary school and why it’s so important to love what we do.

Christmas Closing
This week Abbey will be closed daily from 2pm to allow the team to stock take. Our phone lines will remain open from 9am – 2pm from 16.12.19 - 20.12.19. Don’t forget to check out all of our latest Christmas deals by searching ‘Christmas’ on our website - and make sure you have your orders with us by Thursday 19th December. Our last
This month Lucy reminds us how many great FREE business programs there are through local councils.   Hi all, This month I’ve been doing lots of practice, practice, practice in the workshop! Its no-good learning something if you don’t work to perfect it a little bit every day. However, when it comes to doing things like
Catching up with Rachel Lok
  It’s coming up 2 years since Rachel Lok won our 2018 Scholarship and since then, it’s been marvellous to see her develop her skills, expand her knowledge and become the competent saddler and saddle fitter she is today. However, it seems this is just the beginning for Rachel. We caught up with Lok to discuss the achievements she’s
Letters from Lucy: October 2019
  Hi all, This month has been a big step forward for me. Thanks to my QEST funding I went on my first two courses; a week harness making with Frances Roche (including a day in the Royal Mews for some fitting) and a week with John McDonald who showed me how to make my first ever collar. It always shocks me how even spending a single day
Bright, bold and brilliant; Why every workshop should have Biothane on its shelf.
Biothane is becoming a phenomenon across multiple industries but what actually is it? Manufactured in the USA, Biothane is a trademark name used to describe a polyester webbing coated in either TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) or PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride). The plastic coating brings with it many favourable attributes such as durability, water resistance,
Letters from Lucy: September 2019
This month Lucy writes about self-development, motivations speeches and the benefits of being part of a community both online and offline.   Hi All, It’s been another crazy month for me! I’m a great believer in continual professional development, or good old CPD as it’s known. Every day you should be working to improve