Why improve the farm business balance sheet?

  As AMC Agents we often wonder why the property valuation in the balance sheet is so out of date and generally very low.  Historically the reason has come down to the cost of constantly updating it as land values have increased year on year. However now that we are seeing more stable property prices… Read More

Posted on September 25th, 2017 by

Tenancy succession in agriculture

  A recent study by our Professional body, the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, has confirmed that activity in the tenancy sector is considerably less than it used to be. In 2002 the number of tenanted transactions were 2565 compared to 892 in 2016.   2002 was the last year unaffected by the CAP reform, which… Read More

Posted on September 21st, 2017 by

How safe is your farm borrowing?

Farm finance

De-risk your borrowing when in a strong financial position. When talking to a lender about borrowing its always easier to negotiate from a strong position rather than when under financial pressure. Andrew Troughton looks at some areas where we have been helping farmers reduce risk and reduce annual costs: Review all borrowing – restructure overdraft and… Read More

Posted on July 28th, 2017 by

HOUSING DEVELOPMENT: SUSTAINABILITY IS KEY

Understanding site sustainability

A lot has changed in the planning world over the last 5 years but when it comes to promoting a suitable development site for housing, sustainability is still key. A housing site must be in a sustainable location the requirements for sustainability cannot be met through building design and the use of renewable energy alone…. Read More

Posted on June 1st, 2017 by

**Best and Final offers invited by 12 Noon Wednesday 5th July 2017** for Snow Capel Farm

  Snow Capel Farm is back on the market and provides a rare residential development opportunity. The property is comprised of three distinct parts and is offered for sale with immediate effect subject to contract. The property is available as a whole or in separate lots. Lot 1 – The Farmhouse: A dilapidated brick farmhouse… Read More

Posted on May 25th, 2017 by

Brexit:  Where do the opportunities lie?

British resilience

For or against, most people have a view on Brexit and whether it’s going to be good bad or just ugly. There are some key areas farmers and rural business owners need to consider over the next 12-18 months to make sure their business is well placed and as strong as possible as we enter… Read More

Posted on May 16th, 2017 by

Farm for Sale – Newland Court, Newland, Malvern

Newland Court

Carver Knowles are delighted to offer for sale Newland Court an 157 acre farm with 10 bedroom principle dwelling, a pair of cottages and an extensive range of modern and traditional buildings. Positioned in a well located yet rural setting with far reaching views to the Malvern Hills, Newland Court provides a rare opportunity to… Read More

Posted on March 28th, 2017 by

A Flexible Facility – A safer alternative to an overdraft extension .

With ongoing pressure on working capital there is a strong temptation to increase your overdraft facility but this is often the wrong decision, Andrew Troughton explores an alternative more flexible option. A lot of lending is actually longer term than the typical 12 month overdraft term but not long or permanent enough to need a… Read More

Posted on February 7th, 2017 by

Finance for Farm Diversification – and how to get it!

Farm finance

How to get finance for a diversification project. The main issue with financing a farm diversification project is that it often falls outside what traditional lenders are comfortable with.   This is typically because it’s a new venture and the lender is worried about it not working out.  Statistically only half of business start-ups make it… Read More

Posted on December 14th, 2016 by

Planning to Expand your Business?

planning to expand your business

How to get the Local Planning Authority on Board. With planning policy and controls becoming increasingly stringent, many local business are put off by the idea of large scale development or even redevelopment of their sites. Whilst we are under no illusions that the time and costs of large scale planning can be considerable, it… Read More

Posted on December 8th, 2016 by