Model tractor business up for awards

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Model tractor business, Pocket Farming, has been shortlisted for a ‘New Business Award’.

After trading for just 18 months the model farm retailer is in the final three shortlisted for the ‘New Business Award’.

The category, sponsored by Bloxham Mill Business Centre, is part of the Banbury Women In Business (BWIB) awards, which recognise the best of Banbury’s business women.

This award category, open to any business that started trading after 1st January 2012, asked applicants to document their growth to date, strength and stability of the business, provide evidence of the understanding of their market place and their vision/strategy for the future.

With an exceptionally high standard of applications this year, judges had the difficult task of narrowing all the applicants down to just three finalists, Pocket Farming being one of them.

Jennie Steenkamp, Pocket Farming founder, says: “I was absolutely delighted to receive news that Pocket Farming had been shortlisted for this award. With so many fantastic new business start ups in Banbury I feel extremely proud that my little business is getting a moment of glory and receiving acknowledgement of the growth it has achieved so far.”

Winners for each of the categories will be announced at the BWIB annual conference and awards ceremony on 9th December 2015.

Pocket Farming was established in May 2014 and is based near Barford St Michael, approximate six miles south of Banbury, Oxfordshire.

From a farming family, Jennie Steenkamp is no stranger to an agricultural vehicle, having been picked up from school in a tractor on many occasions when she was a youngster.

Jennie continued her interest in farming, working during University holidays at the family agricultural contracting business, RC Baker Ltd. Jennie would often be seen carting corn through Banbury in a JCB Fastrac.

Now working at the family business on a full time basis she is building her Pocket Farming enterprise alongside raising her son who was born just six months after Pocket Farming was established.