How to…. Start a farm succession plan

Farm succession

Land Agent’s, solicitors and accountants are all guilty of highlighting the importance of succession planning by regaling horror stories and anecdotes of what can happen if it all goes wrong. Less frequently do we outline the starting points for a successful succession plan and the documents that are useful and the key areas that need… Read More

Posted on January 6th, 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

Ellie Jones returns to Carver Knowles

Ellie Jones

Carver Knowles are pleased to welcome Ellie Jones back to the team. Ellie has recently successfully become a Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers and such will be a key team member in the growth of Carver Knowles. Here is a quick intro into the newest member of the team.   Introduce yourself:  Growing… Read More

Posted on December 6th, 2016 by

Inspection Alert: Most common reasons for BPS penalties

inspection

Cross compliance rules need to be followed all year round and with Inspectors able to arrive at farms unannounced farmers need to be prepared to ensure they are not risking their Basic Payment. When it comes to farm inspections one of the most important points is to never refuse access. Preventing an Inspector from carrying… Read More

Posted on November 16th, 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

Farm for Sale, Alderton, Tewkesbury

Carver Knowles are pleased to announce their instructions to sell Windmill Farm, Alderton, Tewkesbury on behalf of the Gloucestershire County Council. Positioned in a rural location on the outskirts of the village of Alderton, Windmill Farm comprises just under 100 acres in total with a three bed farmhouse (subject to an Agricultural Occupancy Condition) and… Read More

Posted on October 24th, 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

LEADER Grant Scheme Still open

leader grant

LEADER is a scheme within the Rural Development Programme which offers grants ranging from £5,000 – £50,000 to local business and organisations based on 40% of the cost of the project being granted. Eligible claimants could be farmers, growers, foresters, local rural businesses and rural community organisations and are specifically targeted at “micro” enterprises (less… Read More

Posted on August 8th, 2016 by

Thought about generating your own power?

generating power

  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