The English Winter Fair has a long history of supporting young people involved in farming and countryside

The organisers of the English Winter Fair are set to announce two new Young Entrepreneurs competitions for farmers living in and around Staffordshire, with a total prize pot of £4,000.


The Fair takes place on 19 and 20 November and the Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society, along with sponsors Rea Valley Tractors, will be formally launching the competitions which are designed to recognise a Young Achiever in a Farming Enterprise, and Young Achiever in a Farm Diversification Business.


The competitions are open to those aged 35 and under living in Staffordshire, or within 10 miles of its border. The diversification award carries a £2,000 first prize, and the judges will be looking for an individual who has shown exceptional success in a farm diversification business.


A first prize of £1,000 is on offer in the farming enterprise category for a farmer who has presented outstanding skills, dedication, and achievement in agriculture with a further £1,000 share amongst the runners up at the judge’s discretion.


Richard Williams, Chief Executive of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, which organises the English Winter Fair, said: “Young farmers and those growing up in the countryside have always been a huge part of the Winter Fair so it is wholly appropriate for the 2022 event to launch these fantastic awards.


“They recognise both excellence and achievement from the entrepreneurial under-35s who live and work in and around Staffordshire and I’m looking forward to seeing a great set of entries across the board.”


Simon Clarke, Chairman of Rea Valley Tractors said: “I am delighted to sponsor the Young Entrepreneur Competitions. There is so much young talent in agriculture and agricultural diversification. I do encourage you to take part. You never know where it may lead.”


The finalists of the enterprise award will have their farms visited, while the finalists of the diversification award will be interviewed by a panel of judges, who may also visit their business.


There will be a total of 10 finalists and their guests from across the two competitions who will be guests of the Society at next year’s County Dinner, where the awards will be presented.


Farmers can enter themselves or nominate others. For the diversification award, the entry form will require a brief description of the business and five key points about the business, with finalists asked to provide further documentation.


The closing date for both competitions is 31 March 2023.


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