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Farming and rural expert joins Enterprise Answers board

Simon Haley, Managing Director of SRH Agribusiness Limited, will help support growing businesses in the county after joining the board of Enterprise Answers.

Simon has taken a role as a non-executive director on the board of the organisation, Cumbria’s only Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) and the only rural CDFI in the north of England.

Penrith-based Enterprise Answers is a sustainable, independent organisation providing financial services across the region, with the aim of creating ‘social improvement and business development returns.’

Led by chief executive Grahame Latus, it works with organisations throughout the region to ensure the businesses it works with have access to a range of support services. These include British Business Bank, The Family Business Network, Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce and Invest in Eden.

As a non-executive director, Simon will use his experience in the agricultural sector advising businesses on a range of matters to help the Enterprise Answers team.

He said: “Enterprise Answers has identified the rural industry as a key growth sector that the team can work with more closely in providing support. I am delighted and honoured to have been approached to assist in providing insight and guidance in ways in which we can achieve this. There is a fantastic entrepreneurial spirit within farming and rural enterprises, and I believe we can help them thrive further through our support.”

Grahame Latus, chief executive of Enterprise Answers, added: “We are delighted that Simon has joined our board.

“His diverse range of experience, skill, knowledge and connectivity will prove valuable, as we strive to position Enterprise Answers as a responsible lender and reputable business support provider within the region we cover.”