Could your farming idea impress one of BBC’s dragons?

Simon Woodroffe, founder of Yo! Sushi and one of the original “dragons” from TV’s Dragons’ Den, is just one of the high-profile and successful speakers who’ll be sharing their secrets of their success with young rural entrepreneurs at the Young Entrepreneurs Conference which takes place on 4 March at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.

Last spring, more than 100 young, determined and entrepreneurial people in farming gathered at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, to hear from farmer and entrepreneur Will Chase, who on took supermarket giant Tesco and won. HRH the Countess of Wessex, president of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, called it “inspirational”.


Photograph courtesy of BBC

Shape your farming future

If you missed the day last year then don’t miss this chance to learn from the best to shape your farming future.

As well as hearing from the award-winning entrepreneur behind Yo! Sushi, you”ll get the chance to learn how successful diversification can develop rapid business growth, how to make your business plan the winning one from the bankers who decide, and how to interpret the big issues in farming that will shape how your business moves.

You’ll get the chance to quiz bright young entrepreneurs as well as industry leaders like NFU vice-president Paul Temple, and you can put your questions to the editor of Farmers Weekly.

Entrepreneur with artistic flair: Simon Woodroffe, OBE


Photograph courtesy of BBC

Simon Woodroffe left school at 16 with few qualifications. He went on the road with music stars like Rod Stewart and The Moody Blues before becoming a stage designer. After a brief career in television he conceived and launched Yo! Sushi in 1997, creating an innovative business based around conveyor belt sushi bars featuring self-heating plates and robotic drinks trolleys. In 2003 he sold his controlling interest in Yo! Sushi in a £10m deal but retains a 22% stake in the business. As well as appearing in TV’s Dragons’ Den he has appeared on stage at the Edinburgh Festival.

Farming’s young entrepreneurs

  • MEET outstanding characters and successful risk-takers
  • LEARN from colourful business leader and former Dragon Simon Woodroffe
  • BE INSPIRED to create new opportunities and ideas
  • DRIVE CHANGE in our industry
  • SHARE YOUR VIEWS with other, like-minded individuals


  • The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester


  • 4 March 2008


  • Email for a place or further information. The day costs £30 and cheques should be made payable to Red Meat Industry Forum. Accommodation can be provided if required.
  • Find out what they said at last year’s event

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