Entrepreneur in line for prize

Nominated: Helen Stuart

Nominated: Helen Stuart

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A young entrepreneur who set up a design business from a shipping container has been shortlisted for an award.

Helen Stuart, 25, established Farm Creative from her parents’ 180 acre livestock farm in Bilsborrow, near Preston a year ago.

Since then it has gone from strength to strength with a six figure turnover, a client list which has grown from one to 26 and ambitious plans to hire three staff during this year.

Farm Creative is a marketing and design agency, which helps businesses grow through websites, digital marketing, PR, social media, branding, design, video and print.

Helen has now been nominated for the Red Rose Awards Rural Business of the Year category.

Helen said: “As a rural Lancashire business I’m thrilled that Farm Creative’s first year has been such a resounding success. What makes me different is my can-do attitude with clients and as a start up I’m lean and competitively priced.

“It’s fantastic to be recognised with this award nomination because it’s pay off for all the hard work, 12-hour days and sheer determination that’s been put into Farm Creative.”

Farm Creative’s client list includes sole traders such as quantity surveyors, florists and tradespeople to a global wallpaper company and several international companies. It works across a wide range of sectors from technology to interior design but one of its specialisms is the agricultural sector with customers such as veterinary practices, agricultural colleges and farm shops.

Helen said: “I grew up, live and work on a working farm so Farm Creative has a unique understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by rural businesses, especially agricultural ones.

The awards are next week.

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