Bank Savvy

Understand the nitty gritty of rural finance

There are plenty of ways to access finance to start or grow your farming business, but how do you decide which one is right for you?

This workshop goes into the detail of rural finance, and the different options available to you. It explains exactly what you should (and should not!) do, and provides practical tips on how to work with lenders and investors.

Learn how to

  • Assess different vendor finance opportunities and with investors
  • Manage guarantor set ups and other financial relationships, such as getting investment from family
  • Understand farm finance
  • Negotiate with banks – understand the things you should and shouldn’t do
  • Prepare the documents you need to get started and get in the banker’s good books

Come along if

This free workshop is for people who have a handle on the basics of farm banking, but want to go further. You should attend if,

  • You have a basic understanding of farm banking, but want to learn more
  • You are ready to expand and need to assess different finance options
  • You want detailed advice on what to do (and what NOT to do) when working with a bank or investors

Brad Sewell

Brad Sewell is a Co-founder of Robinson Sewell Partners, a company that helps farm businesses succeed through agri-financial services. Brad has a lifelong association with farming, and has extensive experience working in beef, sheep and cropping enterprises in NSW and QLD.

Brad's career in rural and business finance has spanned over 20 years. He’s had senior customer relationship roles with prominent banks and specialist rural lenders throughout the country.
When you learn from Brad, you learn from someone who really understands both farming and finance, and will get practical advice that you can apply right away.

We don't have any workshops planned right now. If you're interested in this topic, please request a workshop in your area.

What participants say

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“Overall the program is fantastic... I can't emphasise enough how crucial it is for young people like me to get information about going into business like this. For someone that hasn't been in business before it is daunting to know where to start. Breaking it down into steps is really invaluable.”

Young farmer
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"After the Bank Ready workshop, I went to the bank and tried to get a loan. I was unsuccessful, but I kept trying. After the Business Ready workshop, I tried again and got a small loan. Now I've got a paddock, and I’ve got the cows. I got the GST, ABN, and BAS all set up - I've never had them before.”

Young farmer
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“I have now set goals. I am taking a new course at university; I'll only be at uni for three years. After that, I plan to be on a property up in NSW somewhere... I want to gain more experience in the corporate industry, so I know what I'm doing.”

Young farmer