East Riding Farmers needed to enter George F White Farm Diversification Award 2011

6th June 2011

Farming businesses that have recently established a new enterprise in the East Riding are being sought after to enter the George F White Farm Diversification Award 2011.

The Award will be presented at The Driffield Show on Wednesday 20th July and comprises a £500 prize and a trophy. It is open to farmers who have diversified to establish a new enterprise which has been operating for less than five years.

2010 was the first year that the Award was presented and the winners were Paul and Anna Jackson from Carnaby House Farm at Bridlington. They won the prize for their specialist oilseed rape pressing business , ‘Gold from the Wold’, where oilseed rape grown on the farm is then cold pressed to produce 100 per cent extra virgin oil, which has superior taste and quality than the blended varieties usually found in supermarkets.

The Award will be presented by Louis Fell and Tom Mason, Partners with George F White and based in the firm’s recently opened Shiptonthorpe office which covers Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

Louis Fell, Partner with George F White said: “We are looking for farming businesses which have used their skill and innovation to develop a new product or service on their farms. Many farmers have found diversifying their business an extremely rewarding way of providing a stable income and improving profitability in a time of volatility in agricultural markets.

‘Gold from the Wold’ was an excellent example of the type of enterprise we are looking for as it adds value to a crop already being grown on the farm and uses the location of the farm on the Yorkshire Wolds in the marketing by creating a great name for a quality product.”

David Tite, Chief Executive from Driffield Agricultural Society said: “We are thrilled that George F White are sponsoring this Award. It is an excellent way of recognising all the hard work, skill and innovation that goes into developing a new farm enterprise and we are pleased to be able to provide some support and encouragement for farmers seeking to develop their business and ensuring their profitability for the future.”

George F White is the largest independent firm of RICS Chartered Surveyors in the North of England, with five offices and employing 95 staff. The firm opened its office in Shiptonthorpe a year ago to build on the firm’s success and expand further into Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. The business specialises in helping farmers and land owners to develop their businesses and maximise their investment in their property and their land.

Closing date for Award entries: 1 July 2011.

Entry Forms can be downloaded from: http://www.georgefwhite.co.uk/events/driffield-show-2011

Further details and can be obtained from: George F White, Crown House, York Road, Shiptonthorpe, North Yorkshire, YO43 3PF, Tel: 01430 876010 or email: lucymason@georgefwhite.co.uk

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