Wales YFC Rural Enterprise Programme

Wales YFC have developed a new partnership with Big Ideas Wales, part of the Welsh Government’s Business Wales programme, which has resulted in a newly developed business programme. Wales YFC’s Rural Enterprise Programme was launched at Wales YFC’s Annual General Meeting.

Similar to the previous business of the year award, Wales YFC members and associates up to the age of 30 are able to showcase their business skills with this year’s business of the year award. Closing date for entries are 13th November and interviews are to follow on the 20th November. Winners and prizes will be announced at the 2017 Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

As a well as the award the programme offers support to members with; workshops to get inspired and explore key business skills, the opportunity to develop business skills at a business boot camp, one to one sessions with Big Ideas Wales advisors and the ability to network with Young entrepreneurs and business Role Models to learn what it means to run a business, all provided by Big Ideas Wales.

Take a look at the Big Ideas Wales website to have a look at the support they are currently offering.

For more information on the programme contact or call the office on 01982 553502.

Business Of The Year

2017 winner was Eifion Jones from Dyffryn Banw:



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.

2016 winner was Frances Jones from Llanbadarn Fynydd:


Natwest Frances

Once again Wales YFC is pleased to work alongside NatWest in seeking out young entrepreneurial members to compete in the hotly contested NatWest Business of the year competition. The winner of this year’s competition is Frances Jones, a member of Presteigne YFC in Radnor.

Frances is the owner and proprietor of ‘Frances Jones Catering’. Frances was presented with a prize of £1000 during the first day of the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

The award not only seeks to reward young people who are making their own way in business but also provides one to one mentoring support kindly provided by NatWest such as marketing, business planning and budgeting support for the young entrepreneurs.

The panel of judges, Mr Andrew Woodthorpe, NatWest Director of Rural Banking, Mr Steve Maggs of Business Wales and Tom Bevan a past winner of the award, were very impressed with the standard of entries and the drive and enthusiasm portrayed by Wales YFC members.

Frances has grown her business over the past four years and has hopes to expand the business further beginning with the conversion of a barn to run the day to day food preparation from. Frances prides herself on using locally sourced ingredients and enjoys providing high quality food for a range of events and celebrations.

Having received the good news Frances said;
“I'm overwhelmed to have won the award and will take full advantage of the consultancy support provided by NatWest to develop my business along with the prize money which will help me to develop my service to current and future customers.”

Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, Mr Andrew Woodthorpe stated;
“We were very impressed with Frances’ drive and passion for her business. She has worked hard to develop the business and we look forward to seeing ‘Frances Jones Catering’ flourish in the future.”

Speaking on behalf of Wales YFC, Morys Ioan said;
“We are very pleased with the high number and high standard of entries this year. Frances is a very worthy winner and an outstanding ambassador for the Welsh Food and Drink industry. Wales YFC would particularly like to thank NatWest for their dedication to support young rural entrepreneurs.”