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Applications Now Open For Lincolnshire Agri Business Academy 2017

Open for Agri success – are you looking to start or develop your own business?

Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre CIC is delighted to open applications for their Lincolnshire Agri Business Academy supported by the Prince’s Countryside Fund, designed to help anyone looking to start up their own agri business or seeking to expand their existing business skills base.

Each session has an industry expert and leader who will share their knowledge and success, whilst highlighting pitfalls of running your very own successful agri business, complimented by live case studies providing an on the ground account of reality. It is designed to help participants develop a strong innovative business approach, focusing on business planning, structures, finance, marketing and communication skills for the sector.

The Academy will based at the Riseholme Campus on the Lincolnshire showground and runs over 11 sessions from Thursday 2nd November 2017 . For full details follow the link to our flyer.

How to apply:

Applications open on 21st June 2017. To apply please complete and return our application form by 5pm Wednesday 13th September 2017.

New Lincolnshire Agri Business Academy to Launch at Lincolnshire Show This June

Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre will be attending the Lincolnshire Show on 21st June 2017 and is pleased to announce that its next Academy will be held in the region. The Lincolnshire Show will see the launch of the ‘Lincolnshire Agri Business Academy 2017’ when applications will officially open.

The academy, supported by the Princes Countryside Fund, is the latest academy to be developed by Fresh Start in its 11th year and is designed to help anyone looking to start up their own agri business or seeking to expand their existing business skills base.

Follow the link for full details of the course and how to apply.

Our Academy Co-ordinator and Regional Lead, Louise Dennington, will be at the show and is looking forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have on Fresh Start, its academies or any other services we provide. You can find Louise throughout the morning at the following stands:

8.45 – 09.00 CLA Breakfast event, stand 5-05

09.00 – 10.00 NFU, stand 4-31

10.00 – 11.00 Riseholme College, stand DZ-19

Louise can be contacted by email, or tel 07801 743975.

We hope to see you there!

Matching Opportunities in Hereford and Yorkshire

Fresh Start’s Land Partnerships Service is continuing to increase its client base and we are seeing exciting new opportunities coming in. Keep updated with new opportunities registering with our land partnerships service by checking our website weekly. Details of current opportunities can be found on our matching page including a share farming  proposal that could link livestock with a new agroforestry planting scheme, and  a 2-acre Victorian walled garden with some polytunnels available for a horticultural entrepreneur to share farm or rent in Yorkshire.

Wales Embraces Land Partnerships Approach

Venture LogoFarming Connect in Wales has joined forces with Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre to introduce the 5 step land partnerships approach to the Welsh farming community through their new land matching project ‘Venture’.

A series of workshops to be delivered by Alison Rickett of Fresh Start in conjunction with Einir Haf Davis, the Development and Mentoring Manager at Farming Connect and her team, will deliver the message that innovative ways of working together to produce joint venture land agreements can produce a sustainable and beneficial way forward for agriculture.

The workshops are to be held during May at the following venues:

Pencoed, Vale of Glamorgan

Llandissilio, Pembrokeshire



Builth Wells


For further details or if you would like to book a place, please contact Gwen Davies on or phone 01745 770039

More information can be found at


Come and see us at the NFYFC AGRI Forum on April 22nd

Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre CIC will have a stand at the NFYFC  AGRI Forum on April 22nd at the at the Riviera International Conference Centre Forum,  Chestnut Avenue, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 5LZ.
Come along and find out more about what we do especially our Land Partnerships Service – a matching service looking to bring people together in joint ventures to help create new and sustainable farming businesses.
We would love to chat with you and to discuss our future events and services and how these may be of benefit to you.
Doors open at 11:00 am for YFC members, supporters and guests to view exhibits and the AGRI Forum begins at 11.30 am.   A second discussion group takes place at 1.00 pm.


Fresh Start Joins UK Rural Skills

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With a plethora of training courses and providers out there, it can be difficult to have confidence that the training you receive will be of a high standard and be recognised within the farming sector. UK Rural Skills (UKRS) provides a one-stop shop for accessing accredited rural training whose providers have a proven record of high quality, professional standards in their operation and training delivery. Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre CIC has been offering high quality training courses in agriculture for many years but now has joined UKRS as one of its accredited members, and hope’s that its association with UKRS will not only increase awareness of the services it has to offer but that trainees can have full confidence in the value of the courses they attend. All courses run by Fresh Start will be accredited by UKRS (see website and will include its business academies, land partnerships workshops and mentoring scheme.


Successful Horticulture Academy Paves the Way for Future Events

Fresh Start’s first horticulture academy concluded in autumn 2016 and after its success and positive feedback, Fresh Start is confident that more horticulture academies will take place in other locations around the UK in the near future. Delegates from the recent academy found that the varied sessions provided a great insight into the issues surrounding growing a fledging business into a viable profitable concern, and found that new thinking around business planning and finance that the course provided grew their confidence in changing the way they work. Much emphasis was also given to the value of the industry contacts gained from attending the academy,  the opportunity to share information about markets and food outlets and the potential for support in the future as their enterprises grow.

Fresh Start Continues to Go National

Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre has always worked nationally to address the needs of farm business development through its academies and workshops across the country. Now with the additional of two regional co-ordinators, Fresh Start can be even more effective in identifying areas of need and targeting its services to specific farming communities. We are pleased to welcome Graham Bulmer who is based in Yorkshire and the North East, and Louise Dennington who will cover the eastern region. With their expertise we can look forward to hosting more events in the coming months in new locations around the UK. We will announce new academies and workshop dates on this website as they are confirmed.

See us at the Farm Business Innovation Show this November

Specifically catering for all farmers, smallholders, land owners, and anyone with an interest in rural business, the Farm Business Innovation Show 2016 is coming to the NEC on 9th and 10th November and Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre is excited to be part of this event.

Alison Rickett, Managing Director of Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre and driving force behind the creation of a land matching service ‘Fresh Start Land Partnerships Service’ will be speaking about how the project developed and the benefits for the farming community and in particular those wishing to get a foothold in a new joint venture enterprise. Alison will be speaking on the 9th November at 12.30 and will also be involved in a succession debate on the following day.

Come and find us at STAND 984 where will be happy to talk you through the services we provide and to discuss how we can help your enterprise develop. For further information on the exhibition and for free tickets, please follow this link.