National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

23 November 2009

Budding entrepreneurs looking to get a footing in rural business are being offered free help and support from Northamptonshire Fresh Start Academy which is being relaunched in January.

The Fresh Start Academy, a national initiative offering training in various forms of business management, was introduced in Northamptonshire two years ago to help farmers of the future and is now being relaunched with a broader remit to encourage entrepreneurs in all types of rural business.

“Academy members will now be allocated a mentor who can help them develop their business ideas and answer questions as their business grows,” said James Fulton, a business consultant with Berrys at Kettering, one of several local businesses sponsoring the academy.

“We are keen to extend the initiative to help rural entrepreneurs develop personal skills such as negotiating, staff management, self appraisal and presentations as well as offering them ideas and training in subjects such as diversification, renewable energy, cooperation and business management.

“The mentor will assist with personal and business development and help them seek further training opportunities,” James added.

The first meeting of the new academy will take place on Thursday 28 January 2010, 7.30pm at Moulton College Management Centre.

For further details contact Fresh Start Coordinators Kate Everard on 01604 670562, email kate-everard@btconnect.com or James O’Gram on 01223 813622, email jameso@laurencegould.com.


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