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Successful Agricultural Grant Workshop

Grant workshop success

On Thursday 23rd February Carver Knowles hosted a very successful agricultural grant workshop, attended by farmers from Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. Carver Knowles have been involved with a range of successful grant applications from precision farming equipment to tourist centres.   The afternoon focused on two agricultural grants which are currently available; Growth Development Programme and… Read More

Posted on February 27th, 2017 by

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

A Flexible Facility – A safer alternative to an overdraft extension .

With ongoing pressure on working capital there is a strong temptation to increase your overdraft facility but this is often the wrong decision, Andrew Troughton explores an alternative more flexible option. A lot of lending is actually longer term than the typical 12 month overdraft term but not long or permanent enough to need a… Read More

Posted on February 7th, 2017 by

Carver Knowles in the Press…

Carver Knowles were delighted to be asked to contribute to the NFU’s Farmer and Grower magazine this month in their feature about Energy and Storage. This came hot on the heals of recently being asked to comment in the Farmers Weekly on the difficulties being experienced by those in the new Countryside Stewardship. In the Farmer and… Read More

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by

New Year New Grant Funding Opportunities

Countryside Stewardship

With a portfolio of grant schemes opening for 2017 Alyssia Thomas takes a look at those that are available and how to get hold of the funding. Brexit may mean a permanent or temporary end to this type of funding so if you are considering entering a scheme or investing in farm improvements its important… Read More

Posted on January 30th, 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… Read More

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… Read More

Posted on January 10th, 2017 by

I WANT TO SELL SOME OF MY PROPERTY – WHAT SHOULD I DO?

The New Year is here and Spring is just around the corner (hopefully?!). Spring is often the best time to look at selling property whether it is bare land, a development opportunity or a residential property as it often looks its best due to the improving weather and the budding fauna and flora. So if… Read More

Posted on January 9th, 2017 by

Community Infrastructure Levy – what is it and how does it apply?

Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy, otherwise known as CIL, was introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a charge on development. The levy provides financial assistance to Local Planning Authorities in England and Wales when delivering infrastructure and development within their areas. The CIL subsequently came into force in 2010 through the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations… Read More

Posted on January 6th, 2017 by

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

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