The #RuralBusinessNetwork January 2021 monthly update.


Hello, I’m Jo Martin and this is the Rural Business Network Monthly Update: January 2021 and also the picking of the winners of the Crowdfunder Project Prize Draw!

Since my last update in December, we’ve welcomed 5 new members:

Lynda from West Sussex

Amada from North Yorkshire

Arthur from Angelsey

Hayley from Devon

Annie from Lincolnshire

We are very much UK Wide!

Members have attended 3 events so far this year:

New Year, new business, 10 tips for starting up with Leon Howe, Durham City Incubator.

Meet the Members

Marketing advice – speed dating style event with member Hayley Parker from Flame Marketing.

I had a go at a Facebook Live which didn’t got to plan but I will putting my brave pants back on and will try again in a couple of weeks!


I have started running again, albeit not very fast.  I’ve been taking part in the Agri 5 Nations #Run1000 challenge which is raising awareness of rural mental health as well as money for 5 mental health charities.  Team England raised money for the Farming Community Network, Team Wales, The DPJ Foundation, Team Scotland, RSABI, Ireland, Embrace Farm and the rest of the world raised money for The Do More Agriculture Foundation.  My mental health has certainly improved this thanks to this challenge.

Looking ahead to February I have a meeting to discuss the functional spec of a new Rural Business Network website which I very excited about and there are 4 events to look forward to, the first is on Thursday 4th February, ‘Different ways to structure your business’ with commercial lawyer, Paul Armstrong from Hay & Kilner.  The event is open to non-members,   so please do come along find out the pros and cons of partnerships and limited companies.

Celebration Event

I’m recording this on 29th January, and tonight should have been our Celebration Event.  I will of course reschedule when it is safe to do so.  The event was going to include the picking of winners of the Crowdfunder Project Prize Draw.  So, I am going to do that now.

The #RuralBusinessetwork Crowdfunder project ran from 1st-29th September last year and I was blown away by your support to surpass the £10,000 target. 

The money raised enables me to employ a marketing and events assistant and I will be in a position to let you know more on that soon.

So, to the draw…

All the names have been included in the The Wheel of Names and I will shuffle them now.

The first prize of £150 goes to: Manish Shukla

The second prize of £100 goes to: Louise Gwynne-Jones

And the third prize of £50 goes to: Ian Farmer


I will be in touch to send over your prizes!

Thank you for listening.  I look forward to seeing you at an event soon.  In the meantime, stay safe.