The Entrepreneur of the Year Award, supported by KUHN, recognises the innovative YFC members who have set up new initiatives and are making an impact on the rural economy.
Whether it’s a new farming venture, a rural enterprise or a community project – this award celebrates the impressive businesses YFC members have launched.
Three judges chose our five finalists for this year's award and we will find out at the Awards ceremony on 3 November 2023 who is the winner.
Not content with running one business, Anna has effectively launched two more off the back of her sheep shearing business. Anna has attended British Wool Shearing courses over the years and has built up her own shearing round, shearing over 8,500 sheep a year. Alongside the shearing, Anna launched The Crafty Shearer, where she creates products from the wool she's sheared – including peg loom rugs, baubles, keyrings and greeting cards amongst other products. Anna has also recently expanded her own flock of sheep and rented more land with plans to generate an income from these alongside The Crafty Shearer business.
Jack launched Jack Tucker Livestock and has quickly made substantial profits in his first years of trading. Jack spotted a gap in the livestock market and successfully made a business from it. His calf-trading enterprise is supporting the industry and his efforts to connect with the local community and YFC are nothing short of impressive. The growth of the business in its first three years is remarkable and it is evident that Jack is focused on expanding and growing further.
Millie's artisan cheese business The Dairy Door is not only a brilliant idea but also has potential to grow further. Millie's hard work in setting the business up during lockdown and while studying for a PhD and developing ideas, is to be applauded. She created a cheese room out of a converted shipping container and developed two types of cheeses. While waiting for approval on the cheese, Millie started selling Farmhouse Fudge to local farm shops in Shropshire. She has since won awards for her cheese and fudge and is now supplying her products to stockists, generating an income and has a backlog of orders.
Pippa's business has taken on an impressive growth in the three years since she launched her farm shop. Starting out in the back of a horse box, Pippa has grown the business to the point where she is renting premises and employing three people to serve the local produce she stocks. Pippa’s business is in the heart of her rural community, and it was impressive that she’s managed to expand her shop beyond the initial enthusiasm for shopping local during the pandemic.
Steph's artistic skills have seen her grow a successful business Steph Burch Art and Photography, inspired by the countryside and farming. Steph has used her talents to generate an income doing something she loves. She creates original paintings of farming, fieldsports and the countryside which she sells as prints and homewares. The photography side of the business has moved into weddings, which are proving to be Steph's main line of work. Steph has built up a good online following through dedicated social media promotion.
The 2022 winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award was Matt Ingram from Warwickshire FYFC.