Uncertain times ahead – de-risk your farm business

Preserve your farm business in uncertain times

We are currently in one of the most uncertain times for British agriculture that has been seen for well over 20 years. Every sector has had its difficulties in the past but the entire economy will be significantly affected with the global changes taking place. In 2017 alone Trump has become president, Article 50 will… Read More

Posted on February 27th, 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… Read More

Posted on January 10th, 2017 by

Why am I paying Business Rates on my stables?

rates on stables

Business rates as they are commonly referred to are actually called Non-Domestic Rates and can therefore apply to property classed as non-domestic whether it is used privately or as part of a business. Non-domestic rates are assessed on the properties annual rental value (rateable value) multiplied by the nationally set multiplier (unless the small business… Read More

Posted on December 22nd, 2016 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

Compensation – Water

water compensation

The most common occurrence of when someone needs to access your land is in relation to the installation or the maintenance of a utility company’s equipment such as water pipelines. Within Worcestershire and Gloucestershire the main water company will be Severn Trent and for places like Hereford and Ross on Wye it will be Welsh… Read More

Posted on November 25th, 2016 by

What do I do if a mobile phone mast operator wants to rent a site on my land?

mobile phone mast

As mobile phones become smarter and more critical to our daily lives, the demand on mobile phone masts to deliver phone calls and data has significantly increased in recent years. Added to this is the recent announcement of the Government policy to tackle mobile phone “not-spots” and also the roll out of the 4G and… Read More

Posted on November 8th, 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… Read More

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by

2016 – A busy Expert Witness year.

expert witness

  We don’t talk about expert witness work much as it’s one of those areas that quietly happens and matters are almost always confidential. We have however been very busy in 2016 with various rural and development expert witness work so thought it worth detailing the sort of subjects we have dealt with: Report for… Read More

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by

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

CGT - value

  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