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New Entrant Support Scheme (DEFRA)

The DEFRA New Entrant Support Scheme pilot will provide tactical support to young businesses through the early stages of development, nurturing entrepreneurs to further develop a business idea, encouraging innovation and growth. 

The pilot is available to: 

  • individuals with some farming experience, but not their own land-based business 
  • individuals with 4 to 10 years' experience running a land-based farming business 

They want to recruit about 200 pilot participants in total. If you are thinking about starting a land-based business or scaling up your existing business, the pilot might be for you. 

The pilot is not just for arable or animal farming businesses. It also includes horticulture, agro-forestry and environmental service businesses, such as providing livestock for arable farms as part of an agroecology system.  

People will start to be recruited into the pilot in December. The pilot will run until spring 2023. 

Pilot activities will take place in the evenings and on weekends, they can be carried out online at a time that works for you. There is no cost to participants.

The West Midlands pilot is being administered by Harper Adams University 

To express an interest please email 

Please note, whilst this is a fully funded incubator, it is not a grant giving programme.