Eden, Cumbria, The Lake District – A natural choice for business

Help for young people setting up a farming related business

15 January 2016

The Farmer Network is offering the chance for young people in Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales to have a place on the Jason Kanabus Fund Programme.

This Fund supports young people aged 18-30 in setting up or developing a farming related business. The programme is delivered in Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales by The Farmer Network for The Prince’s Trust, but has been made possible by the additional support of The Prince’s Countryside Fund. The next training will start in February 2016.

Under the scheme young people receive training and mentoring to test their business idea and, for those who need it, a grant or loan funding.  Mark Curr from Newbiggin-on-Lune was successful in receiving funds from the programme in May 2012.

Mark says:- “This programme and fund has been really useful.  Not only have I received funding, with a grant, plus a loan at just 3% interest, allowing me to build up my stock numbers quickly, but I‘ve also had free business advice and support from experienced people from start to finish, which has been invaluable. I feel I am in a much better position to take on a tenancy should I be fortunate enough.  I would urge anyone to have a go and apply.”

So far businesses supported include dairy farming, breeding mule sheep, hill farming, quad-bike maintenance, fencing and fabrication, breeding suckler beef cows, mobile sheep handling services and farm tractor maintenance.  Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.  For further information contact Kate Gascoyne on 07548 934282 or Kate@thefarmernetwork.co.uk

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