CGT – How do I find my property’s 1982 value?

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  Capital Gains Tax is due on the increase in the value of an asset when you dispose of that asset from when it was purchased or from 1982, whichever is the most recent. For example if you bought your property in 2000 for £450,000 and then sold it in 2016 for £600,000 you would… Read More

Posted on October 13th, 2016 by

Thought about generating your own power?

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  As the renewable energy industry matures and slows, there are a range of new power generation opportunities emerging for farmers. The rapid growth in renewables has created a problem to the National Grid in terms of supply, consistency and quality. Added to this national demand for power is very close to outstripping supply which… Read More

Posted on August 3rd, 2016 by

15 Minute Business Plan

Business Plan

  How to structure a business plan in a quick and painless way.   This will help you to develop the key elements of the business plan for a new venture or help develop an existing business. You have 15 minutes to decide your plan, so spend some time thinking first and then write down… Read More

Posted on April 14th, 2016 by

When do I need an Expert Witness to help with a boundary dispute?

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Andrew Troughton, expert in boundary disputes looks at the basic principles and issues to consider: Why do boundary issues arise? What should be a simple line on a plan, can frequently cause costly issues for the parties involved. Disputes often arise from one of the neighbours inadvertently or deliberately replacing a boundary structure i.e. fence,… Read More

Posted on April 12th, 2016 by

Why you should refinance your farm overdraft.

refinance your farm overdraft

Are loans a better alternative than extending the overdraft? With poor farm gate prices across all farming sectors many businesses are feeling the financial pressure on cash flow.  Finance is generally tight and banks are not always willing to help. In the arable sectors yields were generally good, but commodity prices remain stubbornly low and… Read More

Posted on November 17th, 2015 by

Tendering for a Farm – Top 10 Tips

Finance for farms

This article is aimed at helping farmers prepare the perfect farm tender.  Andrew Troughton gives his advice. The recent NFU National Tenant Conference included a section on how to tender for a farm tenancy. I spoke there about the 15 Minute Business Plan as an important part of this process.   As a step on… Read More

Posted on November 16th, 2015 by

How to promote development land in the Forest of Dean District

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The Forest of Dean District Council has to ensure they maintain enough land to provide a 5 year housing supply. To achieve this they annually undertake a call for new sites through their SHLAA (Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment). In this article Andrew Troughton explains how the council promote development land in the Forest of… Read More

Posted on October 19th, 2015 by

How to use your SSAS pension to take control of your existing pension pot, save tax and buy land

In this blog Andrew Troughton of Carver Knowles, Chartered Surveyors and Land Agents in Worcestershire explains all: Disclaimer 1 – This article is not about Pension Auto Enrollment, but looks at how farmers can use SSAS Pensions (Small Self-Administered pension Schemes) to take control of, and better use their pensions. Disclaimer 2 – We are Land… Read More

Posted on September 11th, 2015 by

Do the changes to the new Model Clauses affect you?

The New Model Clauses for England come into force on 1st October 2015 which alter the liability for the maintenance, repair, replacement and insurance of fixed equipment between landlord and tenant where tenancies are governed by the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986. The Model Clauses apply to all agricultural tenancies governed by the AHA, save for… Read More

Posted on August 17th, 2015 by

Inheritance Tax Relief for Farmers

Andrew Troughton, Director of Carver Knowles considers how the Budget announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 8th July, may affect farmers and landowners. One of the main points revealed in the budget were the changes to Inheritance Tax.   The measures announced will introduce an additional nil-rate band when a residence is passed on… Read More

Posted on July 13th, 2015 by