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A story of heritage inspires wool business
From farm to yarn
The inspiration of a Great-Great Grandmother who had a clear passion for livestock farming has seen Paula Steer and her son Lewis build on this heritage to create their own successful rural business ‘from the land.’ Having come to a cross road in her life, Paula wanted to pursue something she…
Advice from multiple business owner Heather Gorringe
We ask some key business questions to Heather Gorringe
Owner of Wiggly Wigglers and The Great British Florist, Heather Gorringe, gives us some tips on running a successful business from customer care to useful online tools. What would be your three pieces of advice for anyone starting a rural business? No matter what your business is, it’s wor…
An epiphany moment triggered an exciting journey in rural tourism
Hear how Megan Allen has used her skills to build a business in rural tourism
With a recent survey revealing that 11% of the British population plan to start their own business in 2018 stating a better work-life balance and wanting to choose the type of work they do being the driving forces behind this, we hear from PR consultant and journalist Megan Allen what it’s like …
British rural business bounces back after recession hits
Hear from Heather Gorringe and how she has developed her businesses
For Heather Gorringe, the recession of 2007 yielded the most unlikely of outcomes, but not without great hardship and a steep learning curve along the way. Where it all started Heather and her husband, ‘Famer Phil,’ farm 650-acres on the Duchy Estate in rural Herefordshire. When the couple mar…
Couple diversify family farm to ‘his and her’ projects
Hear from Ted and Jackie Howard-Jones on how they have developed the family farm
For Ted and Jackie Howard-Jones inheriting the family farm in 2005 provided the opportunity to capitalise on its stunning location and practical facilities to establish multiple business ventures. Nestled in the heart of the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire, Cholsey Grange Farm was once home to T…
Extensive research pays dividends for cookery school
Seasoned Cookery School
Having experienced the London life as a graduate, Clare Major moved backed to her roots on the Staffordshire, Derbyshire border to start her own food business journey. Eight years later, Clare has established her own very successful cookery school; ‘Seasoned’, but not without a lot of hard wo…
Family confetti business leads biodegradable market
The story behind Shropshire Petals
Having gone from a traditional family farming business to one of the leading biodegradable confetti producers in the UK, we hear from Shropshire Petals Marketing Manager Ashley Corrigan how the business has gone from strength to strength. To start with, can you explain more about how Shropshi…
Free-range camping anyone?
A family business providing a unique camping experience
The purchase of 28 acres by Jules and Sandra Sayer in 2002 now sees over 16,000 campers visit Petruth Paddocks each year. Located at the foot of the Mendip Hills in north Somerset the ‘free-range,’ family-run campsite Jules and his team has created provides the perfect opportunity to get away…
Glamping site inspired by global travel
Glamping in the English Welsh border
An idyllic spot on the English Welsh border now plays home to the glamping, camping and event business, Barnutopia after Steve and Katrina Boydon took on the full-time project in 2015. Having worked abroad for 20 years, and most recently lived in the USA working and raising their family of fo…
Industry experience leads to successful home-based business
Setting up as a Virtual Assisant
Having worked in several industries in various roles, the exposure and knowledge gained during these years has allowed Sarah Liddle to set up her own virtual assistant (VA) business, The Lady in the Shed, from her smallholding on the Staffordshire-Derbyshire border. Having worked all her lif…
Lambing to kidding – Is it feasible?
Interested in starting a business with goats? Read on...
An inquisitive mind and a noticeable growing demand for the end-product led Chris Dickinson to start his own goatmeat business from the mixed family farm in Penrith, Cumbria. Having grown up with goats at home, it was no surprise to his family that on his return to the farm after working for …
On-farm specialist Pilates studio open for business
Founder of The Farm Studio Liz Carlyle
A working organic farm, in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside, has seen Liz Carlyle pursue her ambition of establishing her own specialist Pilates and treatment studio. Home to Liz’s family for nearly 100 years, Phepson Farm is no stranger to diversification, with a series of success…
Organic business succeeds with flexible mindset
Hear the story of Maddocks Farm Organics
The desire to start an organic business drove Jan Billington to move her young family from London to South West England in 2002. But needless to say, what they were going to do when they got there and how they were going to make it work were unknown factors at the time. However, their flexible a…
Quickfire questions with Charles Gulland
Business advice from the founder of Wigwam® Holidays
Founder of the UK’s leading glamping franchise business, Charles Gulland, explains what it’s like juggling family life with owning and running the successful business Wigwam® Holidays. What are your strengths and personal attributes? Being single-minded and giving attention to detail. Do y…
Quickfire questions with Liz Carlyle
The Farm Studio
The Farm Studio opened in May 2017. We asked owner of the specialist Pilates and soft tissue therapy unit, Liz Carlyle, some quickfire questions about her and the business. What do you believe to be the most important personal attributes of being a business owner? It’s really important to love…
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