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5 favourite Essex things: A CEO tells all

PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 February 2016

Yvette Ankrah: CEO of The Kitchen Table

Yvette Ankrah: CEO of The Kitchen Table


As well as being CEO of The Kitchen Table, Yvette Ankrah is a business and marketing coach and mentor. Here she shares five of her favourite things about Essex

Yvette Ankrah

Yvette Ankrah is The Kitchen Table CEO and director of Ankrah Associates, a company that supports female-led small businesses to achieve their business dreams. As a business and marketing coach and mentor, Yvette teaches tools and techniques to help people manage effectively, deal with procrastination and perfectionism, create their vision, set goals and create business and marketing strategies. She runs the Mumpreneurs Networking Club for Harlow and Epping, and, although she is based in Harlow, she supports businesses nationwide.

Favourite place to eat

My favourite restaurant in Essex is Haywards in Epping. It’s a fabulous place with great food, wine and a lovely ambience. I love the attention to detail, with every dish presented beautifully, and the service is excellent. It’s a lovely place to go with my husband or with friends.

Favourite family day out

For family-friendly fun we love Ashlyns. The Play Barn is great for when the weather isn’t brilliant and the farm outside and play areas are ideal for little people to explore. We just held my son’s 4th birthday party there and in the summer we had a picnic with a group of friends and their children. It’s also a great place for play dates and I’ve had lunch with friends in the restaurant too. I often pick up things from the shop there as well, as there is a butcher and organic produce.

Favourite cafe

One of our favourite shops to visit is the Mayfield Bakery. My son loves the gingerbread men and my husband is addicted to the scones! The shop makes so many different breads and pastries and there is a lovely cafe on site. This is where you will often find me sitting with clients and I jokingly refer to it as my second office.

Favourite hidden gem

One thing I like about Essex is the hidden gems and one of them is Parndon Mill in Harlow. It’s a home to artists and is an idyllic beauty spot. Most people don’t realise it’s there and drive past it, but it really is a treasure in Harlow.

Favourite memory

One of my best Essex memories was a day out we had at Thorndon Country Park when we visited the Gruffalo Trail with some friends and their young children. We all had our Wellies on and followed the story as we walked through the park. It was fun to look for all the characters from the book. We did it in the autumn and even though it was a bit wet and muddy, it was still lots of fun.


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