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8th Sep

2020

TFA Blog #17 – Free Family Farm Business Support Worth £2000 Available Through The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme

The Prince’s Countryside Fund’s highly successful initiative, The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme (RFRP), is open for family farm businesses from across the UK to sign up. Offering free one-to-one business skills and environmental management support, registration opens from 07 September until 31 October 2020.  

Held in 15 locations across the UK each year and coordinated by local partners such as FarmCornwall and the Farmer Network, the multi-million-pound programme allows up to 20 farming families to take part in each location. Participants receive free business skills and environmental management training worth £2000 per farm, delivered by expert consultants including Kite, the Andersons Centre, and Savills. The training helps farming families to make changes to improve their business and ensure their viability.  However, workshops will not take place until local social distancing regulations allow.

Nearly 1000 families have taken part and now in its fifth year, the Fund has committed to running the PFRP until 2027, through the period of agricultural transition.

Keith Halstead, Executive Director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund said: “British agriculture is undergoing its most significant change in a generation, so it is vital that farming families future-proof their business, now. The free business skills and environmental management training provided by The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme is proven to increase confidence and help farm businesses ready themselves for change. I’d like to thank all of our programme sponsors for their support of The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme, particularly Aldi, Morrisons, and the National Trust.”

20/21 PFRP LOCATIONS:
England
• Wadebridge, Cornwall
• TBC, Dartmoor
• TBC, Exmoor
• TBC, North Herefordshire
• Kendal, Cumbria
• Alston, Cumbria
• TBC, Northumberland
• Market Harborough, Leicestershire
• Woodbridge, Suffolk

Scotland
• TBC, Caithness
• Campbeltown, Argyllshire
• Dumfries House, Ayrshire
Northern Ireland
• Ballymena, County Antrim

Wales
• Tregaron, Ceredigion
• Llyn Peninsula, Carmarthenshire

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is only able to carry out their work thanks to the generosity of individuals, trusts and foundations, and corporate sponsors and donors: Aldi, Booths, Waitrose Duchy Organic, Forest Holidays, Gregory Distribution, Jordans Cereals, M&S, McDonald’s UK and Ireland, Morrisons, New Holland Agriculture, the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, Saputo Dairy UK, Waitrose, and Warburtons.

For further information and to register your interest, please visit: www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/farmresilience

Farmer Testimonials:

Derek, who took part in 2019-20 said:

“The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme allows farmers to be open and honest with others. It’s a great way for people to come together, to put your head above the parapet and own how well your business is doing, to talk things through with others in a similar situation and with the expertise of the consultants.”

“I would without a shadow of a doubt recommend this Programme. It shows you how you can progress the business to do what it is supposed to do, to support yourself and your family, provide a good quality of life, and prepare for retirement. Farming is what we want to do in life, so it’s important to be doing it the best we can, and make the best use of our time and resources”

Seb, who took part in 2019-20 said:

“It was last year that we took part in The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme when we were setting up the farm and it was very topical. From subsidies to financial planning, everything just seemed to be hitting the mark. It was also great to meet other farmers, as we are new to farming. All around it was win, win. It was a good excuse to get off the farm, but still talk farming!”

Liz, who took part in 2019-20 said:

“The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme made us think about what we are doing, and not just plod along year  after year. It helped us realise that while there are some areas we can improve on,
there are many things that we are doing right.”

Jane, who took part in 2019-20, said:

“We would absolutely recommend The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme to other farmers, some in our group travel about two hours to attend which shows how beneficial they must think it is.”

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