A Northern Ireland business is among three farming sector businesses which have been named in the 100 small businesses in the UK to be celebrated by Small Business Saturday, the campaign that culminates in the UK’s dedicated day for small businesses on December 3rd.
Muddyfarm Models, a small business from Portrush, County Antrim, which makes farm toys and farm models and runs events including two Northern Ireland Farm Toy and Model Shows every year.
Muddyfarm Models, which was set-up in November 2012, offers a wide range of farm toys and models. Each customised model is hand-finished at its special muddy tractor factory where by adding a realistic ‚’dirtied’ look it creates distinctive weathered toys and models.
“The business has been running in a small largely part time way for about three years,” explains Head of Marketing Alastair Bell.
“We have been running model tractor shows over ten years and through these the business emerged by making a show model.
“As Ireland’s only muddy tractor factory, we specialise in creating unique products popular with everyone from collectors and working farmers, to teenagers and retirees, all for an affordable price. We also provide a range of other items, including model diggers, handlers, tankers, rally cars and agricultural equipment, as well as books, DVDs, clothing and gifts.”
The other two companies are Brown Cow Organics, the produce from Perridge Farm, a family-run organic farm in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, which produces pasture-fed, dry-aged organic beef and yoghurt; and JRM Agricultural, a grounds and field maintenance business based in Okehampton, in Devon.
The businesses will be among those featured one per day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday itself.
Small Business Saturday is already the UK’s most successful small business campaign. This is the fourth year of the campaign, which last year saw £623m spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday, an increase of £119m or 24 per cent on the previous year.