Two students from Harper Adams University College have been taken on as trainees with Chartered Surveyors H&H Bowe.
Tom Armstrong & Matt Bell
Matt Bell, of Rosley, Wigton and Tom Armstrong, of Milburn, Appleby, both from well-known farming families, joined Carlisle based H&H Bowe in their placement year and returned to university September 2009 to undertake their third year of a BSc in Rural Enterprise and Land Management.
Now after successfully completing their degrees they have been employed as graduate trainee surveyors with the company, part of the H&H Group.
Traditionally each year, H&H Bowe takes one or two students from the University for their Sandwich Placement however due to the increase in the company’s business, and as testament to the calibre of the two students, Matt and Tom were subsequently offered full time positions with the company. Both aged 22, they are involved in a wide spectrum of work with H & H Bowe, from valuations and estate management to planning and property sales and everything in between.
Matt’s parents Robert Bell, an engineer, and Joanne, a teacher, farm a diverse mix of beef, sheep, dairy and poultry along with Matt’s brother Adam, 20. Younger brother Jamie, 16, is currently studying agriculture at Newton Rigg College.
As well as working on the farm at weekends, Matt and Jamie have their own sheep.
Outside work Matt is an active member of Raughton Head Young Farmers’ Club, plays football in the Wigton seven a side league, as well as playing squash and visiting the gym.
Tom’s parents Roger and Ruth Armstrong run beef and sheep on their hill farm Crossfell House, Milburn, near Penrith.
Tom, who has three siblings Michael, 24, Mark, 20 and Katie, 18, takes a keen interest in the family’s livestock and enjoys working at home including clipping sheep in the summer.
He plays football during the winter for Appleby Football Club and is a member of Eden Valley YFC.
“The intention is for us to continue to grow the H&H Bowe business through bringing on the best of the industry’s graduates. Employing both graduates shows how positive we are about the business going forward,” said H&H Bowe director Julie Liddle.
“Growth of the company has meant we have expanded our staff numbers to undertake the growing variety of professional work,” she added. “We continue to develop our expertise in specific areas, having recently appointed staff in the fields of Town Planning, Woodland Management plus GIS as well as Renewable Energy, so as you can see it’s a changing environment, one in which we need to keep pace.”
The work H&H Bowe undertakes is extensive and includes:
- Valuations for property acquisition, capital taxation, partnership division, etc
- Specialist advice on all aspects of Town Planning
- Rural Estate Management on behalf of private individuals, trusts and institutions
- Advice on all aspects of Landlord and Tenant matters.
- Site specific advice on Energy Saving & Renewable Energy
- Farm business management, offering advice such as NVZs and slurry facilities, to SPS and farm bureau services
- Compulsory purchase and compensation
Woodland Management & GIS technology
- Advice on all conservation and environment matters
- As agents to the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation we can arrange finance (loans, mortgages or re-structuring) for agricultural and rural businesses
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