Starting a business is not an easy process to say the least! The last few months have been challenging as we work to turn our ideas and ambitions into reality. We have a lot of support and having spoken to many people about what I’m doing I am as confident as ever about what we are trying to achieve. I have never doubted this and I am lucky to have so many experienced contacts to help me out.
What I did not foresee was the amount of paperwork, time, money and effort that financial regulation involved. I now understand why new businesses struggle so much in the early days as all of the time, money and resources that could be spent achieving the aims of the business, are spent trying to get over the various legal hurdles that exist!
However, it is obviously very important that we get it right and that is why so much effort is going into it So for those of you who might wonder what we have been doing for the last few months….not you know.
What we are doing is perfectly legal and within the regulations, but we have to make sure that what we say, do and offer is in line with the law both in the UK and in Uganda. We are an honest and transparent organisation so we have no intention of misleading our supporters. The aim of regulation is to ensure we have the procedures and systems in place so that we can deliver what we say we and so that our supporters understand in full what they are getting involved with.
In the last few weeks there have been numerous productive meetings which mean we are making progress and we will get there soon, but please be patient with us!
It is a frustrating but important time for us. In the last few months I have felt more like a secretary than a farmer! I much prefer being out and about with farmers getting stuck in with work. But that time will come soon as I head back out to Uganda full time. Every time I get fed up of being behind a desk, I look through the photos of what we have already done, or talk to one of the farmers in Uganda, and I remember what we are trying to do. Soon ll of the frustrating paperwork will be behind us and we can get on with what we set out to do….improve food production in Uganda.
You can get involved in what we are doing right now, and of course, please feel free to contact us with any queries.