Make the most of Grant funding – an update

Direct drills are funded under LEADER scheme

Britain leaving Europe has left a question mark over agricultural grants as we know them. Whilst we cannot predict the future, we can report that DEFRA has stated that they will honour any grant funding allocated to farmers pre-2019.   However, all grant funding is now competitive and with limited money available it is vital… Read More

Posted on May 16th, 2017 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… Read More

Posted on May 16th, 2017 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

How to get planning consent for a Glamping site?

glamping

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

Spring news from Carver Knowles

Landmark News

For all the latest news and views from Carver Knowles this Spring, please take a look at our Landmark newsletter.   This edition gives the highlights from our Ledbury Farm Diversification Event, discussion of the latest nuances in the planning system,  as well as how to deal with a planning refusal, a summary of our… Read More

Posted on March 22nd, 2016 by

Join us for our Farm Diversification and Planning meeting.

Farm Diversification

Farm diversification and planning…  Join us on 10th February at Ledbury Rugby Club Have you ever wondered: How to make more money out of existing buildings? Is planning needed to diversify? Who’s the best to borrow from for diversification projects? How a new non farming business project should be structured? Is now a good time to sort out… Read More

Posted on January 28th, 2016 by

What else could I do with my farm buildings?

Farm Diversification

We are often asked what else could I do with my farm buildings, particularly in recent weeks 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 farming activity and either give extra cash to invest… Read More

Posted on July 27th, 2015 by

Farm loans – A guide to securing a loan against a farm.

Farm finance

This blog introduces the main criteria to consider when borrowing against a farm and helps you understand want lenders are looking for and how to put stronger loan applications together. This should help ensure that proposals stand out and have a better chance of being approved. There are 2 key elements: Security The more simple part is… Read More

Posted on January 30th, 2015 by

Farm diversification ideas – racehorse training yard

Stables are subject to business rates

Carver Knowles have acted on behalf of a local dairy farmer to seek planning consent for the change of use of some redundant dairy buildings into a modern racing yard, complete with warm up arena and all weather gallops. This diversification project will provide a stable income (if you excuse the pun) and a better… Read More

Posted on January 15th, 2015 by