An Abbotts Ann business park had a royal surprise today, when Prince William arrived on site earlier this morning for a private visit. The Prince was reportedly on a fact finding mission to find out how rural businesses interact with their landlords and agents, and was looking at all aspects of rural stewardship.

The aim of the visit was to find out how people manage their rural estates, residents, farmers and businesses alike. One of the sample visits that the Prince made was to local business, Choices Hire Services, who are based on Eastover Farm that is an old reclaimed Dairy farm which has been turned into a business park.

A spokesperson for Choices Hire Services told Andover and Villages that Prince William was well-informed as to the issues that local rural businesses face, and was keen to hear from the experiences of a business such as theirs.

Eastover Farm is managed by Strutt and Parker, on behalf of a business group, who own the whole of Abbotts Ann estate. The Prince went on to look at other aspects of the estate management, including woodland management and tenant farmers.

Choices Hire Services have been a large part of the development of Eastover farm in more recent years and now operate from several of the converted buildings. If you’re interested in finding out more about the business they will be having an open day on the 26th March from 8am – 6pm. More information can be found on their Facebook Page.

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