Meredith Hoskin, 22, from South Molton, Devon, was presented with the Pinnacle Award when she graduated from Harper Adams University with a first class honours BSc Agri-business. The Farmers Club Pinnacle Award
aims to recognise excellence in business management and Meredith received the silver award for her feasibility study on a farm diversification project for the module: Rural Business Opportunities. Meredith carried out the project based on a farm in South Shropshire, where she planned to convert the buildings into disabled tourism accommodation, where visitors having access to an all-terrain buggy to use whilst enjoying the farm and surrounding area.
She submitted the project on the recommendation of the module tutor, Tony Asson who recognised the project as a high standard in farm business management.
Meredith’s work reached the finals at the Farmers Club in London, where she was questioned for 25 minutes by a panel of farm management experts, she then presented her plans to the other finalists.
Meredith was praised by the judges for her extensive research, competitor evaluation and budgeting to examine the sensitivity and break-event points of the venture.