When thinking about the farm business we often think about what market opportunities there are, what grant and subsidy opportunities there are, how we can control cost and how we can realise the value of the natural assets we have.
The reality of all this monetisation and budgeting is that a pretty common starting place, and indeed an important one, when talking with new clients is to ask them what their aims and objectives for their land are.
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity, Seneca (1st Century Roman philosopher).
Failing to prepare and as a result failing, leaves scars which are hopefully built upon and should (in theory) be learned from. Memories of a student failing to prepare for the seed dressing team burn bright.
Two friends meet for the first time in twenty years. George asks David “How’s your IT business treating you?” “Not bad, I have thirty working for me, we own our office, have three holidays a year and the mortgage is nearly paid off.
I am sure that this publication will be analysing the speech The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP gave at the WWF Living Planet Centre on 21 July in much the same way as other industry journals. Or perhaps Mr Gove’s “vision for the future of the natural environment” will already have been side-lined by his colleague The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP’s comments about American jet wash chicken.
New Buckhurst Farm, Mark Beech, Kent, TN8 5NR
A charming farm with stock buildings, arable land, grass land and woodland extending to approximately 70 ha (173 acres).
Please see full particulars here. Guide Price £2,000,000
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I had been thinking about entitling this article something along the lines of ‘Keep it simple’ but the more eagle eyed among you would no doubt have noticed a certain similarity to our article last month, in the title at least, and the message within the prose will be broadly similar too; although in this instance I’m applying that mantra so that you too will be able to follow the necessary steps to agri-environment enlightenment.
Article by Alex Macdonald Open PDF
‘Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to make something simple’ Richard Branson.
The longer I spend running businesses, both for myself and for clients, unravelling complex family structures, mediating in family disputes, helping to improve the profi tability of small and medium sized businesses, the simpler I like things to be.
What would you do if you found a contractor instructed by a utility working on your land without prior agreement? Assume they have a statutory right to be there and let them carry on, or take issue and confront them? This sort of occurrence happens far too often.
Those of us managing private rural estates will most likely have a small fi eld or patch of land in the village that is owned by the estate but also used by the local community, maybe due to a footpath that crosses it, or if it forms what is viewed by many as the ‘village green’.
Article by Victoria Mitchell Open PDF
While we gaze thoughtfully in to the future anticipating the opportunities and pitfalls that Brexit might throw our way it would appear that those in government, and more particularly in Defra, are not doing the same. No surprise there I hear you say?
Article by Kevin Jay Open PDF