The concept, to develop a new type of integrated Agri-IT solution that would present
a single Internet interface to a farmer to meet all of their Agri IT requirements,
won an Invest Northern Ireland SMART award, a scheme setup to help small businesses
develop innovative new products and processes.
Terry is not new to farming either, the FarmWizard concept came from assisting his
father and brother, dairy farmers from Co Armagh Northern Ireland, to computerise
their Milk Production business.
As the project has progressed, it has become apparent that existing Agri-IT software
packages available, although of limited use, are not meeting the exacting requirements
for today's farmer. The idea of a new type of integrated Agri-IT solution that would
present a single Internet interface to a farmer to meet all of their Agri IT requirements
has been called FarmWizard.
The Business Plan for Farmwizard written by Terry has also attracted the attention
of an English based Internet Entrepreneur, Keith Richmond, with whom Terry had worked
with before on a BT project. Keith is the Chairman and founder of KDM International
PLC, a market leading timber trading company which developed 2 of the more successful
Internet businesses that survived the dotcom downturn. Countyweb.com and TIMBERWeb®
a Global Internet Timber Trading Marketplace.
TIMBERWeb® has won many prestigious awards such as the Financial Times Business Web
Site 1998 "Site to Watch", Sunday Telegraph/Barclays @chievement Award 2000, Computer
Weekly eBusiness Excellence Award 2000 and is a 'BT/Cranfield/Management Today' Vision
In March 2004 Keith agreed to use his experience and knowledge to help Terry develop
the FarmWizard business and joined the Board as a non-executive director. He also
purchased a 20% holding in FarmWizard Ltd.
Following a successful launch, in Jan 2005 the FarmWizard management team was
joined by Mark Elliott an alumni of Greenmount Agricultural College and Harper Adams
in Shropshire, Mark has worked in the agricultural supply industry for several years
and knows first hand the demanding needs of the modern farmer. Mark has taken on the
role as Business Development Manager for FarmWizard.
For further information on FarmWizard or advertising/sponsorship opportunities
you can contact us on info@FarmWizard.com or telephone 028 90930057