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FRESH Start Horiculture Academy

Academy open for applications

Open for horticulture success – are you looking to start or develop your own business?

The Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre CIC have opened applications for their first ever Horticulture Academy. The academy is supported by the Princes Countryside Fund, which will be based in the South West of England. 

This 10 session learning experience will help anyone looking to start up their own horticulture enterprise or seeking to expand their existing business skills base. Each session has an industry expert and leader who will share their knowledge and success, highlighting the challenges of running your very own successful horticulture business and will be complimented by case studies providing on-the ground insights.

The academy is designed to help participants develop a strong innovative business approach, focusing on business planning, structures, finance and communication. The Academy is run over six evenings and two days, so is really is open for everyone to attend who has a passion for the industry and is at that stage of their career where they want to be involved in developing their own business.

All application forms must be received by 5pm Monday 13 June. 

You can submit your entry here.

The Soil Association are proud partners in the Academy.  “Being able to understand your business, including production costs, expenditure, your market and customers, are as important as practical growing skills to the success of any horticultural enterprise. We are very pleased to be working with Fresh Start to support new and aspiring producers with honing their commercial skills and believe that this programme will enhance the long-term viability of all the producers taking part in the academy.” Rachel Harries, Producer Skills Manager, Soil Association

The academy is supported by a range of industry stakeholders.  These help by providing a wealth of local knowledge and expertise, helping to identify speakers and  supporting the assessment of each applicant on their individual merit to fill the 20 highly sought after places.

The South West Horticulture Academy starts on Wednesday 20 July (national Countryside Week for the Princes Countryside Fund) and is the latest academy to be developed by Fresh Start in its 10th anniversary year.