Robert Hodgkins enjoying the moment!

Young Entrepreneurs prove success for Henry Plumb Foundation

20th July, 2017

With the aim of sponsoring the futures of 24 young people a year, this event saw a total of eight applicants being interviewed by trustees of the Foundation.  Commenting on the day , Chairman of Trustees John Thorley said “After a rigorous application process all applicants interviewed were awarded with funding or the privilege of a mentor.  The day is always enormously inspiring and this round was no exception with a wide range of projects and very talented and enthusiastic young people.

With the future of the agriculture industry relying on attracting high calibre young people with fresh ideas and innovative approaches, the Foundation has a key role to play in ensuring a prosperous future for British agriculture.”  To apply or to help support the Foundation please go to

Robert Hodgkins Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Myomax Gene Ingression moving sheep systems to lower input models where fixed costs are removed. Funding & Mentor.

Jack Oughton Gloucestershire

Expansion of business to allow to become a full time agricultural engineer. Funding & Mentor.

Holly Beckett Stratford-upon-Avon

New business start-up entitled ‘Focused Farmers’ providing individual farmer training. Mentor.

Holly Garrod Norwich, Norfolk

Overseas travel to aid dissertation research. Funding.

Richard Bower Penkridge, Staffordshire

To fund entry to Challenge of Rural Leadership Course. Current FW Rising Star & NFU Next Generation Chairman. Funding & Mentor.

Becky Waring Beverly, East Yorkshire

Cherry View Farm Fresh Milk, food retail diversification project selling fresh pasteurised milk from an on-farm vending machine. Funding & Mentor.

Toby Whatley Worcestershire

Toads Mill British spelt flour. Funding & Mentor.

Marie Richardson Edinburgh

Funding to aid with Masters Degree focusing on research methods in holistic agroecology. Funding & Mentor.


Lord Plumb and Sara Palmer

Rosie Carne                                                                  

Lord Plumb