Do you have a farming/growing business idea, but are not certain how to find land, or what kind of agreement would be best to use to secure the land, or how to develop your business idea? This session could be for you. It will be led by Alison Rickett and Tom Curtis who will outline how innovation and creative thinking can work alongside sound business skills at all stages of the life of an enterprise.
Alison was brought up on a tenanted mixed arable and dairy farm and after completing her HND in Agriculture worked as a field trials officer. An interest in training developed and she subsequently ran a land based training company during which time she qualified as a skills assessor and trainer. A post as rural skills adviser to the National Trust followed and it is here that her work with new entrants took off. Since then she has become a freelance consultant specialising in training and promoting new businesses and careers. Her work includes project management for ‘Bright Crop’ the land based careers initiative and directing her own Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre (CIC), after five years as the national project manager for Fresh Start.
Tom’s background is in practical forestry and mixed estate management, but he has a long-term interest and involvement in the underlying factors that drive the workings of the land. Things like food systems, supply chains, entrepreneurship, and business relationships. Tom is a founding partner of the resilience consultancy 3Keel LLP, working with clients across the spectrum from field to point of sale. He is also a director of Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre, having pioneered the development of its Land Partnerships programme.