Prior to this, Defra had appointed pilot leads via a tendering process to operate the pilot from November 2022 until spring 2023.
Defra was looking to use the pilot to test incubation:
- providing tactical support to young businesses through the early stages of development
- nurturing entrepreneurs to further develop a business idea
- encouraging innovation and growth
Those taking part will be supported to pitch for the land and finance they may be after.
The pilot was available to the following NFU members:
- individuals with some farming experience, but not their own land-based business
- individuals with four to 10 years’ experience running a land-based farming business
Defra aimed to recruit about 200 pilot participants in total. Recruitment activity information can be found at: New Entrant Support Scheme: apply for the pilot | GOV.UK
Term / costs
The pilot will run into spring 2023.
Pilot activities were to take place in the evenings and on weekends, they can be carried out online at a time that works for you.
There was no cost to participants.
Organisation that are running the pilots
Project type: Rural land-based opportunities
|West Midlands||Harper Adams University|
|South West||School for Social Entrepreneurs|
Project type: Peri-urban land-based opportunities
|North East||School for Social Entrepreneurs|
|South West||The Landworkers' Alliance|
|South East||Shared Assets|