BBC’s  ‘The Farm Fixer’ features Newtownhamilton farmer

October 22, 2012

Getting the Nick Hewer treatment in the last of the series of ‘The Farm Fixer’, to be shown tonight (Monday) on BBC One Northern Ireland, is Newtownhamilton farmer Phil Brown.

Phil, ‘Northern Ireland’s answer to Dr Dolittle’, has an array of pint-sized animals from pigmy goats, miniature ponies, micro pigs, lamas, alpacas and a baby kangaroo.

He wants to use his 17-acre site to develop a mobile petting farm. He has a great gift with animals but he needs to take this ability and make it into a viable business. Nick has ambitious plans for Phil, incorporating re-branding, franchising and expansion. The question is will he be able to convince Phil to think big?

Times are tough for small family farms. They have been the backbone of the agricultural community for centuries but are now are in crisis. They need help. They need to diversify. They need to find new ways to make money. And the clock is ticking.

In The Farm Fixer, Sir Alan Sugar’s right-hand man,Nick Hewer, returns to his Northern Irish roots to provide the strategic planning expertise these farmers so desperately need.

Nick’s business motto is that doing nothing is not an option. Nick, whose mother is from Bangor and was himself educated in Co.Kildare, admits he is no farming guru. But with 40 years of experience he believes that what he does have to offer is common sense.

Newtownhamilton farmer, Philip said: “When I heard the programme was being made and they were looking for people to take part, I initially thought there was not a chance it was going to happen and that I would be chosen. It was my mother who filled in the form and sent it off and that was really how the whole thing sparked from there.”

Of his time working with Nick over the course of six months, Philip added: “He (Nick) did give me a lot of valuable information. He opened up new avenues for me and showed me how not to be channelled into one thing. Nick gave me a different outlook on my business.”

The Farm Fixer is on BBC One Northern Ireland on Monday, October 22 at 10.35pm.