Hillsgreen welcome Daniel Bennett
Hello, I’m Daniel Bennett, and I’m delighted to have joined the Hillsgreen team.
I’m here to help businesses grow; something I’m really passionate about and I’ve been doing it for over 30 years.
At the age of 9, 1976 the year of the great drought, I was packed off to spend a week with Aunty Jean on her farm; from then on I knew I wanted to be a farmer. I spent 3 amazing years at Plumpton Agriculture College, near Brighton, and then worked on a large arable farm in Essex.
In due course, whilst ploughing one Sunday afternoon, talking with my fiancé who was sat with me, it was agreed farming wasn’t going to provide the required lifestyle. So in 1990, very naively, based on her skills, we set up a graphic design business in the Lake District, near to my parents’ hotel. And I had to learn how to sell! That business still exists today.
In the early noughties, I was asked to help grow a Cheshire based printing company, and with some success under my belt, I was appointed Managing Director. The world-wide financial crisis of 2008 presented a whole load of new challenges and the role became more about consolidation and survival. Having done everything I could, I left the company in 2010 to focus on building businesses again by creating powerful and profitable brands for ambitious entrepreneurs, and professional property investors.
A few years, with a change in personal circumstances, I decided to “live the dream”, and spent the summer working on a beef and sheep farm on the Isle of Man, followed by 6 months in New Zealand as an agricultural spraying contractor. Returning to the UK, I worked for a progressive farmer and contractor.
Whilst loving the work, but not the cold and wet, and seeing the Hillsgreen job advert, I just knew this job was for me: combining my passion for agriculture and the rural economy, with growing businesses, helping people, and food (cooking and eating it). The only thing missing is a big tractor!
So here I am. I still see myself as a farmer, although my focus is now growing businesses, rather than crops.
Connect with me on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielbennettbrandpromise/
If I can help you in any way, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call on my direct number 01260 541405.