Nick Hewer, Lord Alan Sugar’s deputy on the Apprentice, is looking back to his Irish roots.
Nick, whose parents met at university in Dublin, comes from a farming background and is looking for people from the Derry area to take part in a new BBC series, Farm Fixer.
The show will chart the efforts of farmers to develop and change their business for the better under the guidance of Nick, who owns two small farms both in Northamptonshire and in France.
“The process starts with Nick performing a complete farm health check,” said a BBC Northern Ireland spokesman.
“This will include a thorough inspection. Nick will look at how the farm is performing by assessing cash flow, stock, milk and crop production, management techniques, staff recruitment and time management.
“He will then devise a bespoke action plan. Nick, with the help of a variety of farming experts, will mentor each farm throughout the project. We will film the series over a six month period whilst the changes are made.”
As well as his farming busineses, Nick Hewer has impeccable business credentials.
Over the last 40 years Nick has worked with hundreds of small and medium businesses and has the expertise that could turn a struggling farm business around.
“Nick believes that the key to survival is diversification,” the spokesman added.
“He wants to see farmers moving into other areas of commerce and industry, making use of their buildings and land to create other revenue streams, boost profits and hopefully secure a long-term future.
“We are looking for farmers who would like to challenge of changing their business for the better.”
Anyone intersted in taking part in the series can contact Claire Small at the Farm Fixer Team at Waddell Media, 7-12 St Helen’s Business Park, Holywood, Co. Down, BT189HQ. Tel: 02890 397308