Business Expert Nick Hewer is back in Northern Ireland to help small farms and rural businesses diversify.
Episode 1 TX MONDAY 14TH OCT ON BBC1 NI AT 1930 New series of The Farm Fixer with business expert Nick Hewer on a quest to save small farms and rural enterprises. Smallholder Siobhan Holloway in Ballynahinch, Co. Down has a flock of rare breed Leicester Longwool sheep. She started a small knitwear business but for her farm to survive it needs to be more than just a hobby. Her ambition is to break into the high-end fashion retail world. Can Nick help her realize her dream?
Episode 2 TX MONDAY 21ST OCT ON BBC1 NI AT 1930 Continuing on his quest to save small farms and rural businesses Nick Hewer meets beef farmer Mike Frazer who has a herd of rare breed Irish Dexter cattle. For Mike’s 450 acre farm to survive he needs to sell beef from ten cows a week but his only outlet is his farm shop on the outskirts of Ballymena. Will Mike be forced to downsize the farm or can Nick help him find more retail opportunities and can he interest some top London chefs in Dexter beef?
Episode 3 TX MONDAY 28TH OCT ON BBC1 NI AT 1930 Business expert Nick Hewer is back in Northern Ireland to help small farms and rural businesses diversify. This week Nick meets Ian and Karen Matthews who run a pet crematorium on the outskirts of Moira, Co. Down. For the business to survive some radical changes are needed. Can Nick help turn ash into cash?
Episode 4 TX MONDAY 4TH NOV ON BBC1 NI AT 1930 Business expert Nick Hewer is back in Northern Ireland to offer advice to struggling farms and rural businesses. This week Nick takes on a different sort of challenge as he tries to secure the future of the Castlewellan Agricultural Show. At the helm of the show’s committee are three newly appointed women. Can Nick help them sell their new ideas to the committee and increase visitor numbers.
Episode 5 TX MONDAY 11TH NOV ON BBC1 NI AT 1930 Business expert Nick Hewer returns to his Northern Irish roots on a quest to help save small farms and rural businesses. This week Nick turns his attention to Breckenhill in Ballyclare- a rural outdoor pursuits business struggling to survive. It’s in the process of joining forces with a neighbouring fishery, but can angling and kayaking ever work in harmony? And will that really be enough to sustain the business?
Episode 6 TX MONDAY 18TH NOV ON BBC1 NI AT 1930 Last in series following business expert Nick Hewer on his quest to help small farms diversify. This week Nick meets Jim and Martina Magill in Newry, Co. Down. The Magill's produce an equine flax oil high in Omega 3, which they claim has many physical and health benefits for horses. They have big plans to expand their flax oil products into the human market but Nick is concerned they have taken on too much too soon. Can Nick persuade Jim to see things his way?
"Really, the Farm Fixer’s a winner not because of Nick’s (self-professed lack) of Farm nous, or even his business acumen, but just his simple darned reasonability and easy rapport...The thing about Farm Fixer, though, is the journey, rather than the destination. Rural industry hasn’t been remotely resurrected under the likeable watch of Nick Hewer, but its reputation among city-softies like myself certainly has." Joe Nawaz, Belfast Telegraph
"At an awards function the other day I heard all about the Ballyclare Activity Trail and you'll be seeing about it soon on Nick Hewer's excellent Farm Fixer programme..." Ivan Little, Sunday Life