Speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference, Andrea Leadsom announced that £120 million of funding will be made available to support farmers, grow businesses, and generate jobs in rural communities. This money is part of the Growth Programme distributed by the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).
Even if we didn’t say it out loud a few of us might have recently mused “I hope next year is going to be better than the last!”
Only a few years ago producing grapes and making wine was reserved to a few, nonconforming and often well healed eccentrics! But over the last decade there has been something of a revolution in the English wine sector. No longer is the ownership of a vineyard exclusive to those who mastered what, to some, appeared to be a dark art.
My son’s homework had me stumped this week. (No surprise there I hear you cry!). In my defence I’m usually called in for projects like making a model of the London eye, or a cardboard bike, or a life size digestive system (his teacher’s ability to test the practical skills of parents apparently know no bounds).
Often the largest single cost to a business is the people employed within it, and yet the largest common single limiting factor to a business are the people employed within it. No business is perfect, and yet one of the recurring issues we find when approaching a new business to advise (happily a regular occurrence) is that unhappily a lot of the real or perceived issues relate to the people already within it.
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So, you were thinking of topping those rushes in that field by the river before it gets too wet, much as you have done for years and, no doubt, much as people have done since the widespread use of tractors on farms began.
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Something has changed in Great Britain. The gold nosed jet which repatriated our Rio heroes symbolised more than a successful sporting campaign. In 2012 our team delivered a fantastic result which cynics were quick to credit to home advantage! Yet four years later the result speaks for itself; Great Britain finishing second and only beaten to first place by the United States.
Ask not what Brexit can do for you but what you can do for Brexit. After the risible depar ture of the band of Brexiteers and some fairly comical (or is that spiteful) cabinet appointments a modicum of leadership does appear to be emerging.
Whichever outcome you wanted, one fact is undeniable. Those who persuaded the majority to vote Leave had not planned for what they would do immediately following the victory. Is it possible they had not really believed they would win?
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