William Hinton wins £10k in Farmers Apprentice competition

20-year-old William Hinton from Wiltshire has beaten off nine other finalists to win £10,000 in the Farmers Apprentice competition.  

In the dramatic final episode of the Farmers Apprentice web TV series, William Hinton was revealed as the overall winner of the competition, taking home a £10,000 prize to kick-start his farming business.

The Reading University graduate, who is a first generation farmer, went head-to-head with nine other aspiring farmers at a farming bootcamp.

Over the course of a week they were mentored and tested through a range of real-life farm tasks, from developing a mobile app for farmers and presenting a formal business pitch, to overhauling a combine and getting cows ready for showing.

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In the closely fought contest, William Hinton won over the judges with his drive and determination to get the job done. He scored highly in all the tasks, despite not having much farming experience. 

His natural leadership style, ability to think outside the box and the well-considered business pitch were just some of the skills that set him aside as the winner.

Mr Hinton said it felt “amazing” to win. “I was so happy, emotional and absolutely shattered as I think I had been up for 34 hours since then doing the business pitch.”

Describing this year’s winner Jane King, Farmers Apprentice judge and editor of Farmers Weekly, said: “Will has shown that it isn’t necessary to be from a farming background to build a successful farming business.

“Being focused, professional and with a bit of hard work and determination you can achieve a lot. Will has the kind of attitude and entrepreneurial spirit that are going to take him a long way. And I have no doubt Will will go on to achieve his dreams of owning his own farm and running a successful sheep milking business.”

Find out more about the Farmers Apprentice competition