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April 2019 – Erect a new building now. Time to invest?

Now is a great time to invest in buildings – it can increase efficiency, bring new opportunities and future-proof your business against whatever Brexit might bring. So is now the moment for vineyards to seize the initiative and start building?

Favourable permitted development regulations, the availability of cheap fi nance and the contribution that buildings can play to a rural business’s bottom line are prompting many to explore the options.

 Article by Matthew Berryman Open PDF

January 2019 – It’s in your hands. A fresh look at the year ahead

Right now, the only certainty is uncertainty. Whatever your views, 2019 will be a watershed and with only days until the big change few, if any, can reliably predict the winners and losers.

As frustrating as it is there is little point worrying about the economic landscape beyond 29 March.

 Article by Matthew Berryman Open PDF

September 2019 – Take control. Make decisions

Let’s get straight to the point. If we exit without a deal it is highly likely that farming is going to feel the effect more than most. The table opposite speaks for itself. More than 90% of UK produced crops go to the EU.

 Article by Matthew Berryman Open PDF

August 2019 – The tightening of the screw

There was once a time when farming was guided by the weather, the soil and no small amount of hard work. Unfortunately those days are now just a distant memory.

There is a phenomenon that increasingly has a great deal of bearing on our industry.

 Article by Alex Macdonald Open PDF

July 2019 – The only word that matters right now is “begin”

“We’re not going to mention the B word.”

Whether it’s referring to Brexit or Boris, that has been a common refrain at the start of most of the events we’ve been involved with or attending over the last few weeks.

From the CLA’s ‘Getting to Grips with Grapes’ seminars to a talk on policing at the South of England Show, no one wants to discuss the B word. 

 Article by Mark Weaver Open PDF

June 2019 – New era for “heritage” breeds

‘It’s time to go native.’

A recent cover of Country Life fascinated me. I’ll be honest, it’s usually the magazine’s property pages I flick to fi rst (for what, I hasten to add, is very much ‘lottery’ house shopping), but this grabbed my attention.

 Article by Anthony Weston Open PDF

May 2019 – Erect a new building

Now is a great time to invest in buildings – it can increase effi ciency, bring new opportunities and future-proof your business against whatever Brexit might bring. So is now the moment to seize the initiative and start building?

Favourable permitted development regulations, the availability of cheap fi nance and the contribution that buildings can play to a rural business’s bottom line are prompting many to explore the options. 

 Article by Matthew Berryman Open PDF

April 2019 – Don’t be an ostrich

In a world where much is unknown, here’s one thing we do know: Farms will see a huge drop in direct subsidy payments over the next nine years.

A 200ha (500 acre) farm received a BPS payment of £45,700 in 2018; dependent upon fl uctuations in the exchange rate, this will be similar in 2019 and 2020.

 Article by Kevin Jay Open PDF

March 2019 – How to make you diversification succesful

Farmers have incorporated non-food enterprises into their businesses for years.  When “diversifi cation” was fi rst allied to agriculture it coincided with some major events; the introduction of milk quotas in 1984, the BSE crisis in the 90s and the downturn in arable profi tability in the late 80s and early 90s.

 Article by Matthew Berryman Open PDF

February 2019 – Is Brexit really that important?

 

Bill and Ben are at their local.  “The boss is still talking about going to 300 milkers. An extra 50 cows won’t make much difference to the workload but what happens if there is no one to buy the milk?” They chat about Brexit and conclude they know far too little about WTO or international trade agreements to form a meaningful opinion. 

 Article by Matthew Berryman Open PDF


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