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Family Business of the Year Award



Food & Farming ‘Family Business of the Year’ Award

Food & Farming ‘Family Business of the Year’ Award, Sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers

The Besent family from Dorchester, were the worthy winners of the recent Food & Farming ‘Family Business of the Year’ award, sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers. Higher Melcombe Farm is a 283Ha mixed dairy and arable farm, with the aim of producing milk, cereals and beef in the most efficient and healthy way..

The judges summarised the Besent business as ‘A true family affair - when a tragic family bereavement struck, the Besent women, Mother and her three daughters, came together to take hold of their future heritage, using their combined strength to run this mixed enterprise estate.  With 5 family members actively involved,, and the evident enthusiasm to manage the business of 180 dairy cows, beef and arable crops, with an extended team of 3 ‘men’ – yes they allow a few, we take our hats off to these women’.

Mole Valley Farmers Chief Executive, Andrew Jackson, who was part of the judging panel said. “The Besent women are shining examples where having a shared a vision, evolving a strategy together to identify the challenges and opportunities for the business, understanding each other’s strengths, coupled with an ethos of hard work and energy are all ingredients for this successful family business” 

“Family businesses have been integral to the development of a great many food and farming enterprises, despite issues of price volatility, disease challenges and extreme weather to add into the mix.  It is those that can tackle such situations head-on and overcome, who will succeed.  Other essential criteria include a passion and commitment for their sector and a desire to be innovative which makes a successful family business stand out from the others”.

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The winners of the Food & Farming ‘Family Business of the Year’ Award



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