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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…
Call for new sites for doggy day care business
Expanding business seeks more land
Farm diversification is nothing new. But we’ve seen a heightened conversation around the topic recently with Brexit a big driving force behind many of these discussions. However, with uncertainty comes opportunity and for one farming family in the South East of England, they look a risk 10 ye…
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…
Dairy farmers turned brewers – the story of Church Farm Brewery
Brewery farm diversification
The craft beer movement has seen a substantial rise in the number of microbreweries operating within the UK with numbers the highest they’ve been since the 1930’s. The demand for aromatic beers full of flavour that are still able to hold their strength has opened-up doors for those looking fo…
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…
Farm diversification brings a breath of fresh air to family business
Dairy farming to rearing goats for this family in Cheshire
The decision to move away from milking cows was not an easy one for Tim and Marnie Dobson. However, the change in direction has initiated a ‘brakes-off’ approach and allowed the family to embrace new opportunities. Having been involved in the dairy industry for 50 years as tenant farmers, it …
Farm shop supports farm business growth
Winners of the British Farming Awards Diversification Innovator 2018
The old lambing shed at Mosley Hall farm now plays home to a state-of-the-art farm shop and café with an in-house deli and butchers. The desire to diversify to help supplement the farm business, providing an additional income as well as more jobs for family members, has seen the creation of a…
Four diversification projects meeting market needs
Duncan and Vicki McConchie's business journey
In the space of 11 years, Duncan and Vicki McConchie have created four complementary businesses, with a collective turnover of £1.5 million, all of which have been born out of identifying and meeting the needs of the market. The McConchie’s family history The story starts in 1911 when Dun…
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…
Home-grown handbags – the story of Hayley Hanson’s leather goods business
Hayley Hanson's British leather goods
The determination to source sustainable British leather and create beautiful accessories and furniture ‘off the farm’ was the main driving force behind Hayley Hanson starting her business in 2011. Having grown up among a farming family and married a beef farmer, it was the process of wanting …
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