Young farmer scoops bursary to help further microbrewery business

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The founder of a new microbrewery in Lancaster has been awarded a bursary to support the development of his business.

Steven Holmes was among five people selected by Land Rover and The Prince’s Countryside Fund to win their 2016 bursary, which offers a year’s loan of a Land Rover Discovery Sport vehicle to support young people in the development of their countryside careers.

The 28-year-old was selected for his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for making a difference within the rural community.

Steven, of Farm Yard Ales, Cockerham, is in the early stages of creating a microbrewery enterprise on the farm, which will be erected this summer.

Steven is passionate about supporting other small enterprises and once trading, plans to support other independent breweries through a co-operative system known as cask swapping.

Steven will use his new vehicle to pull a flatbed trailer to assist with deliveries and collections of the craft beer in and around Lancashire.

Claire Saunders, director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund said: “We’re delighted to be able to support five ambitious young people who are making huge strides in their rural careers.

“These entrepreneurs are great ambassadors for young people making a difference in their rural communities.

“Our partnership with Land Rover has provided a great opportunity for people who live and work in the countryside and everyone involved with The Prince’s Countryside Fund is excited to follow their journey this year and see the difference these vehicles can make.”

Young people aged 21 to 34 from England, Wales and Scotland are able to benefit from annual bursary.