Setting up your own business in rural countryside can pose a lot of challenges. Tight lanes, muddy fields and balmy weather make it difficult at the best of times and that’s not taking into account being miles from civilisation.
You could do with a Land Rover…
The Prince’s Countryside Fund and Land Rover have made life a little easier for five young entrepreneurs by giving them a 12-month loan of a Discovery Sport to boost their rural business through a joint bursary.
The winners have been picked from around the UK to develop their countryside careers and give them the best possible chance for their business to succeed and thrive.
The five winners were:
Lewis Steer, 21 from Devon who runs his own rare breed wool business.
Ashley Stamper, 24, from Northumberland who is a shepherd.
Steven Holmes, 28, from Lancaster who runs a micro-brewery on his family farm.
Tomos Evans, 29, from Wales who is a sheep farmer.
Helen Reeve, 34, from Harleston who is a dairy farmer.
Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director Jeremy Hicks, said: ‘Farming is a crucial part of our economy and the breadth of different careers our winners are carving for themselves demonstrates just how important diversification is becoming for young people to prosper in the industry. They are also showing other young people that farming is an exciting, multi-dimensional career choice.
‘We hope that each one of them will truly benefit from the loan of the Discovery Sport, with the vehicle and the savings made on other transport costs, helping to take their projects to the next level.’