15 February 2018
Over the last two weeks, agriculture students welcomed alumnus George Lane and representatives of NatWest to speak about the Farm Business Management module.
George spoke to the students about his role as a farm consultant, how to produce farm plans and budgets, tenancy applications and his personal experience and tips with farm management.
NatWest representatives shared how proposals are assessed for funding, not only in a rent tender or a tenant situation but also from a normal farm lending point of view.
One of the students, Chris Hooper, said: “The lecture from the NatWest managers was a great experience and helped us to understand how a farm plan would be assessed. It was also nice to put faces to the names of the managers.
“It’s definitely helped me become more confident about the presentations we will be presenting. It gave me and my team an idea as to what the managers are looking for in a good presentation and what we should be improving, such as keeping the farm plan realistic so that the bank loan proposed can be repaid and keep the business profitable.
“I’m excited for our team to complete the assignment. I hope the managers will agree with our business plan.”