Why build a community?

A photograph of Jo Martin and family to explain why

I’m Jo Martin and this is why Rural Business Network exists 👇

I was brought up on a farm in Cheshire and was an active member of Middlewich YFC. I met Peter at the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs AGM in Blackpool. We married in 1996 and have farmed ever since in County Durham.

In 2007, when our boys Daniel and Robert were 8 and 6, I was into my third year of baking cakes in our kitchen. My cakes were popular and I could have grown that business if I had someone who could have pointed me in the right direction.

  • I needed knowledge
  • I needed connections
  • I needed inspiration
  • I needed resources
  • I needed support

I needed a community. I never found one.

That’s why I’ve launched Rural Business Network

If you are a rural-based business, I would love to welcome you to our growing community.