The Sedgefield farmer whose support network is helping rural businesses thrive

The Sedgefield farmer whose support network is helping rural businesses thrive

A BUSINESSWOMAN and farmer who launched a new rural network business during lockdown has been shortlisted for two awards and is now crowdfunding to help expansion plans.

Jo Martin, who farms in Sedgefield with her husband Peter, realised there was a gap in the market for rural business support on a whole range of issues from the best route for diversification to digital media.

As result she created the Rural Business Network to support members to learn, connect and grow.

She has been shortlisted for digital innovator of the year in the British Farming Awards for the growing success of her organisation and is also in the semi-final of a Santander emerging entrepreneur competition to win funding.

Ms Martin, whose business is a member of North-East England Chamber of Commerce, said: “I am so pleased how well the network has been received by farmers in such as short amount of time.

Source: The Northern Echo

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