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?


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.

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  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

How do I register my agricultural waste exemption?

A brand new digital service has replaced the paper and e-form options for registering an agricultural waste exemption.  Registration needs to be completed by October 2016.  The Environment Agency is encouraging farmers and other business to go online and register.  The new service has been designed to make online registration quicker and more efficient than ever before…. Read More

Posted on August 30th, 2016 by

How to get planning consent for a Glamping site?


The popularity of glamping means more people are now looking at starting Glamping businesses, but it is important to start with the proper consents and permissions.  One of the most important consents to obtain before investing, is planning consent. Andrew Troughton of Carver Knowles is a Property consultant who specialises in rural planning and also… Read More

Posted on June 24th, 2016 by

Volatility means new strategies needed to manage farm cashflow

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Increasingly volatile markets may mean farming businesses that are highly seasonal or have long profit cycles will need to think differently about managing their cashflow in the future. This is the message from Julie Branfield of Worcestershire based Carver Knowles, who says farmers are having to operate in very different conditions than they were 10… Read More

Posted on April 21st, 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