Great balls of fire to blaze trail at Haverhill chamber breakfast

Andy Gage shows his firepit to the Duke of Edinburgh at Chelsea Flower Show ANL-140406-110640001
Andy Gage shows his firepit to the Duke of Edinburgh at Chelsea Flower Show ANL-140406-110640001

Farmer Andy Gage who sculpts fire balls will be the speaker at Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s next business breakfast.

Andy, a horse, poultry and crops farmer of Helions Bumpstead has seen his Firepit Company business blaze a trail.

The venture began when Andy tried to make his own firepit after failing to find one he liked.

It was only a matter of time before the RHS Chelsea Flower Show spotted Andy’s work and urged him to enter it into the Chelsea Product of the Year category at last year’s show, and invited him to exhibit.

As well as being a finalist with his English Country Fireball at the show, Andy has had celebrity attention from Dragon Deborah Meaden, actor Ross Kemp and even the Duke of Edinburgh.

It helped rake in more than £50,000-worth of orders at the show.

“I took over the farm when I was 21 and have been looking for new things to do there ever since,” says Andy. “I started making fireballs as a diversification to keep me busy during our slow periods on the farm.

““I never could have guessed how much attention the fireballs would get, they were just an idea in my head.”

The Last Friday Networking event starts at 7.45am on January 30 at Samuel Ward Academy.