The Royal Agricultural University was pleased to award three Honorary Fellowships during Convocation 2017 (Thursday 20 July).
RAU entrepreneurs at BBC Countryfile Live 2017
Budding entrepreneurs from the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) will showcase their talents at BBC Countryfile Live later this week, Thursday 3 – 6 August, in the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace. BBC Countryfile Live offers four days of live arena shows, food, drink, and shopping.
The RAU will located at stand A71, please do come over and meet our talented entrepreneurs. You’ll be able to chat with students and graduates, find out more about their businesses, and discover more about the University by talking our friendly student ambassadors or picking up a prospectus.
Liam and Daniel Derry – Coppernose Jerky
Liam Derry, BSc (Hons) Agricultural Management graduate (2014), was runner-up in the Grand Idea competition 2014. Supported by inspirational entrepreneurs such as Levi Roots, Liam set up his company Coppernose Cotswold Jerky whilst studying for his agriculture degree. He runs the business with his brother Daniel Derry.
Liam met with us to explain a bit more about his business: “CopperNose Cotswold Jerky is all about creating the craftiest, beefiest, most tender snacking morsels throughout the UK. Using our Olde English family recipes, CopperNose makes some of the tastiest all-natural British meat snacks in the country. Formed at the Royal Agricultural University as a Student Enterprise, Sir Richard Branson awarded us with Virgin Startup status in 2016. Each of our recipes has been inspired by family ancestry. What makes CopperNose different is the vision and commitment we have for true craft air-dried meat snacks, the way it was originally made, the way it should be made – farm gate to plate.”
Liam is looking forward to attending BBC Countryfile Live later this week. He said: “We love attending events with the RAU, it’s where the company began and we’re proud to be selected to represent the RAU. These events are an excellent way of building our brand and the strong connection we have with the university. Overall, we look forward to meeting the other student enterprises. Each one has a different story to tell; how they began, their challenges, and their achievements. We’re setting a new standard for British craft meat and game snacks, and we couldn’t think of a better place to expand our brand recognition than at BBC Countryfile Live with the RAU.”
Luke Craven and Adam Gray – Bijimini
Luke Craven (BSc (Hons) International Business Management) is the 2017 Grand Idea winner. Luke and his business partner Adam Gray, impressed the judges in their year’s competition with their innovative agritech business BiJimini, and received £10,000 worth of cash and in kind prizes.
BiJimini produce cost and energy efficient, protein packed cricket ‘PowerFlour’. Speaking about the business, Luke explained: “We think insects are the future for feeding the world’s population. Tasty, nutritious, and packed full of protein, these little critters can add a nutty, nutritious boost to your baking. We produce a cricket blended flour, mixing organic flour from our local millers with our fine-milled cricket powder. Our crickets are fed on organic food sourced from local organic farms and handpicked fresh produce from our own vegetable gardens.”
Luke is confident of a positive response to his innovative new product this weekend: “BBC Countryfile Live gives us our first opportunity to offer PowerFlour to consumers and to inform them of the nutritional value of our PowerFlour. You will love our scrumptious cricket flour!”
Anna Howlett – Anna Howlett Artwork
Anna Howlett (BSc (Hons) International Equine and Agricultural Business Management, 2017) is the 2017 Grand Idea runner-up. Anna received £500 to invest in to her business Anna Howlett Art. Anna dedicates her time to creating hand drawn images of the natural world. Her aim is to bring 'a piece of the wild into the home', via her studio in the British countryside where she works in colour pencils to bring portraits of wildlife, pets, and sporting scenes to life. She is passionate about wildlife, conservation and anything with fur, feathers, or scales. Her pieces are available as originals and prints, and she undertakes a select number of animal portrait commissions per year.
Anna believes that BBC Countryfile Live is the perfect opportunity to showcase her exquisite artwork and get her name out there. She said: “I am attending Countryfile Live for the very first time and am thoroughly excited to be able to exhibit my work in such a magnificent and historic setting. As an avid follower of the show, it will be wonderful to meet visitors who are passionate about the British countryside and its beautiful scenery, wildlife, and iconic farms. My art works aim to reflect my love of the natural world and I hope that Countryfile visitors will be able to see my passion for animals and the countryside shining through in each portrait.”
Lewis Steer – The Dartmoor Shepherd
Lewis Steer graduated from the University with a degree in BSc (Hons) Rural Land Management in 2016. Lewis won the Grand Idea business in 2015 with his business Lily Warne Wool, and was named ‘Grow it’ winner in the 2016 competition, receiving £2,000 to invest in to the growth of the business. Lewis set up Lily Warne Wool with his mother Paula in 2012, offering fashionable wool products spun from their flock of Greyface Dartmoor sheep and hand knitted by a team of local residents.
Since returning to his home in Dartmoor, Lewis has set up a new business venture, The Dartmoor Shepherd. With the help of his partner Flora, he has established a flock of 400 Dartmoor sheep – and is one of the last shepherds in the country to farm all three of Dartmoor’s native breed long wool sheep. The slow grown, gourmet lamb is sold at local, high end restaurants, and the sheepskins are retailed online, at shows, and interior design outlets.
Lewis said: “I saw that the ancient breeds produce two things the modern sheep industry cannot - amazing tasting lamb and sheepskins like no other in the world.
“I am so excited to be attending BBC Countryfile Live this year to share my passion for farming and my products with all those visiting the show. Flora and I will be launching a new range of bespoke cushions at the event and I am also looking forward to talking on the Quilter Cheviot Theatre on Sunday with the Princes Countryside Fund discussing the future of British Farming. We love talking about what we do and look forward to welcoming friends old and new to the stand.”