Alison Rickett

Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre CIC

Using land to unlock business innovation

About Alison Rickett

Alison started her farming career on her father’s tenanted farm and after completing agricultural college worked in the agrochemical industry before becoming a qualified trainer and running a farmer training group for 7 years. 2006 saw her become the National Skills and Training adviser for the National Trust but also with a focus on helping to bring in new entrants to the industry.

Ten years on, she has specialised in getting new farm businesses up and running in a variety of ways and working nationally with a wide cross section of the industry. She has held National Project Manager roles for Fresh Start and also Bright Crop – the industry careers initiative. In 2014 she set up Fresh Start Land Enterprise CIC with fellow directors to bring together several complimentary national projects. She is a regular speaker at industry events and has represented England on the European Commission Focus Group for New Entrants. She believes in innovation and working in different ways to help people achieve their farming business goals.

With land prices at an all time high how do people manage to set up in business and are there ways to help established businesses cope with changes to their business or plan for succession? The Land Partnerships approach (created by our team) works by bringing land owners and those looking to start a business together and working on an established five step approach. It encourages innovative ways of using and working with land which benefits all parties involved by focusing on a variety of ways to achieve this including joint ventures.

This approach now combines with its new land matching service delivering across England. This seminar will outline this innovative way of working and will be of interest to all entrepreneurs - either those seeking that first opportunity or those who have a potential land or business venture they would like to share. Case studies will be included to show how successful these ventures can be and will outline how the new Land Partnerships service works.

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