Class Q Update

  This year an amendment to the General Permitted Development Order 2018 came into effect, making significant changes to Class Q rules. Class Q allows the conversion of agricultural buildings to dwelling houses. These changes have allowed an increase in the number of dwellings and the potential floor space, giving landowners greater potential for conversion […]

Posted on August 23rd, 2018 by

Living without Europe and Subsidies

Business Plan

Preparing for Brexit and the loss of the Basic Payment Scheme is causing businesses to rethink the way they have been operating. Many are focusing on finding efficiencies, diversifying into new areas or restructuring the businesses. So what are the opportunities for your business? Business Planning and Succession Having a five-year business plan of how […]

Posted on June 15th, 2018 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 […]

Posted on May 16th, 2017 by

Racing Yard to let near Upton upon Severn

Racing Yard at Upton

Carver Knowles are delighted to offer for rent a  racing or pre-training yard near Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire. Converted in 2015 Holdfast Stables provides a comprehensive training yard. The stabling includes 12 no. 12′ x 12′ boxes and 8 no. 12′ x 15′ boxes. A former clear span cattle yard provides the indoor schooling arena […]

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by

Barns at Brookfields Farm for Sale

Carver Knowles are delighted to offer for sale a range of modern and traditional barns at Brookfields Farm, Ab Lench. Modern and traditional barns With planning consent to create 3 homes Peaceful, rural setting in The Lenches Planning consents from Wychavon District Council 16/02054/CU and 16/02125/GPDQ The barns offer an exciting opportunity for developers to […]

Posted on February 5th, 2017 by

Pershore and Upton upon Severn NFU Conference 2017

Brand power

Pershore and Upton branch of the NFU have once again held a very successful conference, this year titled ‘The Power of Branding’. The panellists were: Helen Browning OBE founder of Helen Browning’s Organic, Martin Thatcher of Thatcher’s Cider and Vice Chairman of the Assured Food Standards, Andrew Blenkiron.   The evening started with an opening […]

Posted on January 20th, 2017 by

£40m Welsh Farm Grant Scheme Due For Launch

It has just been announced that the Welsh Government and Rural Development Programme is to allocate £40m of funds is to a new Welsh farm grant scheme designed to help farmers reduce their carbon emissions and to improve their resilience and competitiveness within the industry, including through new diversification measures.   The scheme plans to distribute […]

Posted on January 10th, 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 […]

Posted on December 14th, 2016 by

Want some new machinery for the New Year?

leader grants

The LEADER grant has re-opened in Worcestershire. LEADER is a scheme within the Rural Development Programme which offers grants ranging from £2,500 – £35,000 to local business and organisations based on 35% of the cost of the project being granted. Eligible claimants could be farmers, growers, foresters, local rural businesses and rural community organisations and […]

Posted on November 11th, 2016 by

What else could I do with my farm buildings?

buildings

What else could I do with my farm buildings? We are often asked what else could I do with my farm buildings, particularly in recent months when all agricultural sectors seem to be struggling with low prices and high input costs. Alternative income streams can provide a stable income to level out the undulations of […]

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by