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News article  2004-07-10 - Alpacas are funky business!

Mayfield Alpacas are this years UK entry into the JCI Best Business Plan of the World Competition.

Based in Sheffield on the Peak District boundary in a picturesque position overlooking Porter Clough and the Mayfield Valley with views of Sheffield beyond, Elaine and Nigel Sharp have launched an Alpaca Farm with plans to combine it with a Visitors Centre and Retail Outlet, making it a unique business enterprise in the UK.

The Sharp’s aim is to create a profitable and sustainable rural business, combining a premier quality Peruvian Alpaca breeding herd with a prestigious visitor attraction incorporating a range of complementary business activities. Elaine Sharp, Centre Manager, said, "It is also our aim to provide local people with accessibility, awareness, and educational facilities relating to the rapidly emerging Alpaca industry in the UK."

Having selected the Sharp’s business plan to represent the UK in this years international competition, members of JCI UK are hopeful that the Business Plan will be selected for the final in Fukuoka in November this year.

"Mayfield Alpacas represents an unusual business proposition that is sure to have the visitors flocking", said Bev Holden, JCI UK Business Director. "The concept is very appealing and will undoubtedly have a positive commercial impact as well as reaching the local community. The Best Business Plan Competition is a great way for us to showcase UK business and raise awareness of this key area of opportunity within the Junior Chamber organisation and we’re delighted that Mayfield Alpacas have taken part this year."

This article originally appeared on the JCI UK website