Spring Budget: Calls for boost to rural tourism

Ahead of next week’s spring budget, the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is calling for a permanent reduction in VAT for accommodation and attractions enterprises to boost rural tourism.

Farmers advised to start planning to benefit from new revenue streams this summer 

Farmers are being encouraged to try out business diversification and start planning how to introduce agritourism on their farms ahead of this summer.

Grow your rural business to new heights

One of the highlights of the Farm Business Innovation Show 2023, held in Birmingham in November, was the exploration of how diversification projects are breathing life and value back into rural spaces.

Driving innovation, diversification and growth in farm businesses

The Farm Business Innovation Show took place at the NEC, Birmingham, in mid-November. The event is dedicated to empowering farmers, landowners and agricultural professionals with the knowledge, tools and inspiration to drive innovation, diversification and growth in their businesses.

Five ways to simplify your workflows for a sustainable future

With unpredictable input costs, volatile markets, and future uncertainty, UK farmers are facing extraordinary challenges. Whilst the drive towards net zero may seem like an additional pressure to many, could it also be an opportunity for farm businesses to assess how they can move towards a more efficient, resilient, and sustainable future, asks Farmplan director Piers Costley.

Five top tips for exploring holiday lets as a farm diversification

Higher demand, coupled with the soaring costs of agriculture, has prompted many British farmers to look into new ways to grow and diversify their income. Bev Dumbleton, chief operating officer at Sykes Holiday Cottages, shares some advice on holiday lets.

Farm shops urged to be vigilant amid crime surge

With over eight out of 10 retailers experiencing crime in the past six months, farm shops are being offered security advice.

Can tea be grown successfully on Welsh hill farms?

A Welsh hill farmer has planted 140 tea bushes around her farm in Powys, to see whether this high value crop could generate additional income for the business.

How to exorcise pumpkin-picking pitfalls this Halloween

The popularity of pick your own (PYO) pumpkin patches has prompted an insurance expert to warn against Halloween surprises of the unwelcome kind.

Income from farm diversification on the rise, survey finds

UK farmers’ income from diversification has risen to 13% of turnover in 2023, according to an NFU Mutual survey.

Hemp growing a “viable diversification” for British farms

British hemp growers Hugh Wrangham and Alistair McLeod used post-harvest equipment from McArthur Agriculture to overcome challenges with drying, cleaning and dehulling the hemp seed.

Farm diversification: How to create revenue by increasing farm footfall

If you’ve ever looked into trying to find new ways to get more people to visit your farm, you’d know that most ways to grow your business will often require an upfront investment of some kind. But there is a zero-cost way that you can market your farm to a large, new audience: by becoming a Brit Stops host.

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