New planning rules come into force

From today (21st May), changes to planning rules make it easier to convert unused farm buildings into new homes, farm shops and gyms, Defra has announced.

Suffolk company helps farmers successfully diversify their business  

Today’s dynamic business landscape advocates diversification, especially for rural businesses aspiring to expand. A Bury St Edmunds-based company dedicated its services to helping farmers enhance their financial returns.

Is Jeremy Clarkson going to make Diddly Squat cricket bats?  

Jeremy Clarkson has come up with a new idea for expanding his farming business. The owner of Diddly Squat farm is thinking of making cricket bats as a side hustle.

Farmers need clarity over tax treatment of land in environmental schemes 

Farm and estate property consultancy Carter Jonas has called for clarity over the tax treatment of land put into environmental schemes.

Trends and opportunities in the rural property market  

Rural properties and farmland in the UK offer a diverse range of opportunities and investments, with various sectors experiencing distinct cycles of growth and change. For farmers and landowners, understanding these trends is crucial for making informed decisions about their investments. Carter Jonas delves into the current state of the market across different sectors.

Are pop-up campsites in Wales under threat?  

Despite Wales being the most popular country in the UK for outdoor holidays, Welsh landowners are turning away from pop-up campsites – amid uncertainty over the future of Permitted Development Rights.

Diversification rules set to ease thanks to Jeremy Clarkson

In the Houses of Parliament this week, UK environment secretary Steve Barclay discussed easing rules for farmers who would like to diversify their businesses. The topic had been previously raised by celebrity and farmer Jeremy Clarkson. 

Suffolk farm shop named best in the UK

Alder Carr Farm Shop, in Creeting St Mary near Needham Market, has been named the best small farm shop of the year at the prestigious Farm Retail Association awards. 

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.

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