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Farmer gets on his bike to be in running for entrepreneur prize

A sheep and cattle farmer from Co Fermanagh is in the running to win an entrepreneur’s award.

William Allingham (30) from Garrison has won a place in the final eight of the Shell Live Wire young entrepreneur of the year award.

Mr Allingham invented Quadcrate — a means of carrying lambs in a crate attached to a quad bike — after he struggled to move lambs around his farm.

Quad bikes are a familiar sight on farms across the UK and Mr Allingham was nominated for identifying a gap in the market.

The Quadcrate spreads the weight of the load over the back wheels of the bike, allowing farmers to carry substantial weights of up to 150kg across rough terrain.

The product can also be used to unroll, build and tighten fences.

William Allingham said: “I’m feeling great and I am honoured to be representing Northern Ireland. The idea came about when I was giving my dad a hand and I couldn’t get up a hill with the trailer as there was too much drag.

“Now I use it more and more for different tasks around the farm — and for fencing purposes it saves labour, time and stress.

“It’s not only for use in agriculture — it could benefit the military and telecom workers too.”

If Mr Allingham wins at the ceremony in London on October 13 he will received the award title and £10,000.

“Over the coming years I’d love to bring my product to the global market,” he said.

“Companies in New Zealand and Australia are already showing an interest. If I am lucky enough to win the award, I will invest the prize money in product research and development.”

The finalists will face a panel of 10 experts, including Dragon’s Den judge Duncan Bannatyne, and Tim Campbell, Apprentice winner and leader of Bright Ideas Trust.

Belfast Telegraph