Following on from the launch of our new partnership with Big Ideas Wales at the Wales YFC AGM, our new Rural Enterprise Programme is now up and running. On Monday 20th November an interview day was held where members from across Wales competed for the chance to be awarded ‘Wales YFC’s Business of the Year’.

Eifion Jones, a member of Dyffryn Banw YFC club, Montgomeryshire was awarded with a cash prize of £500 on Monday 27th of November at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair as the winner of the 2017 Wales YFC Business of the Year Award.

Eifion’s business simply started as he was mending and making farm equipment for some of the local farmers, seeing as there was a great interest in his products he went on to set up his own business designing and making all types of agricultural equipment alongside a fencing and hedge cutting contractor.

The panel of judges; Dafydd Jones, Wales YFC Vice-Chairman, David Taylor a representative from Big Ideas Wales and Frances Jones, the previous business of the year award decided that the deserving winner of the prize this year was Eifion as he showed exceptional entrepreneur skills.

Upon receiving his award, Eifion Said; “I’m very greatful for Wales YFC and Big Ideas Wales for this opportunity to be the winner of Wales YFC Business of the Year 2017. I will greatly benefit from all the support that will be offered throughout the programme, and I look forward to see where it may take my enterprise in future, my debt to the organisation is great”.

Speaking on behalf of Wales YFC, Dafydd Jones said; “We are very pleased with the high number and high standard of entries this year. There were many deserving candidates with a winner that showed exceptional entrepreneurial skills with the development of his own business. I am very confident that Eifion’s business, ‘Easy Fencer’ will be very a successful and profitable model to other young farmers who wish to pursue this path in the future and I wish him all the luck with his business.”

David Bannister, Big Ideas Wales Lead Advisor said; “Big Ideas Wales is very pleased to be working in partnership with YFC to support its Rural Enterprise Programme. This is an exciting project for us to be involved in and we look forward to supporting young entrepreneurs in starting and growing their business. Through a series of inspirational workshops, one to one sessions with a professional business advisor, support from industry Role Models, as well as the opportunity to attend a business boot camp developed specifically for the Programme, we aim to add value to what the YFC is already able to provide to its members.”

This is not the only success Eifion Jones has had this year within Wales YFC. During the 2017 Royal Welsh Agriculture Show Eifion also won a prize of £1,000 for the Wales YFC Agriculture Bursary in association with the Worshipful Livary Company of Wales which was awarded to his new and inspiring agriculture venture.