Ludlow Food Centre hosts a delegation from Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnian Delegation

Ludlow Food Centre (LFC) has been praised as an example of rural ‘best practice’ after a high-powered foreign delegation visited last month. The delegation were on a tour which was organised by the European Policy Information Centre in conjunction with Advantage West Midlands’ Rural Regeneration Zone (RRZ). Led by Mladen Zirojevic, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, the group were treated to lunch and a guided tour of LFC that included a host of Great British favourites such as mini steak pies, goujons of cod with hand cut chips and a wide variety of LFC’s own cheese that went down very well.

The trip, part of a three-day stay in the UK, was designed to show the Bosnian delegation how strategy and policies are delivered at ground level and how important it is to secure the support of local people and business. Peter Pawsey, chairman of the RRZ, was delighted that LFC and the area as a whole was chosen as a "best practice" example:

"They have met a lot of powerful delegates in specialist UK organisations, so our role was to take them to the coalface and introduce them to the people who have benefitted most from the work the RRZ is doing," he said.

LFC’s Managing Director, Sandy Boyd, added,

"To host such a high profile visit is a great honour, and I hope that some of the aspects of our business can be replicated and taken back to Bosnia and Herzegovina to help them develop their rural economy even further,"

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