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Soil Association launches online Christmas marketplace

Soil Association Certification is supporting organic farmers and growers and brands this Christmas with their online Organic Collective Christmas marketplace. Featuring organic products including turkeys, veg boxes and other Christmas essentials, the Soil Association is bringing the world of organic to one place, providing organic producers with a dedicated showcase for their products or farm…

Can farmers survive without subsidy?

Under the Common Agricultural Policy, UK farmers receive £3.2billion annually and the government has promised to keep overall payments the same until 2022. But what will financial support look like after this? Will farmers have to ‘earn’ their subsidy with good environmental practice, in Michael Gove’s vision for a ‘green Brexit’? Or should support be…

Rural Business Awards winners announced

The winners of the Rural Business Awards were announced at a  glittering ceremony on 5 October compered by Jules Hudson of BBC Escape to the Country fame. Champion of Champions & Best Rural Tourism Business went to Hoe Grange Holidays, based in Matlock, Derbyshire, and a variety of other businesses were recognised including Divoky Riding…

Em-barking on a staycation

So-called ‘staycations’ – holidays booked by Brits in the UK as opposed to abroad – are on the increase. And not just in the summer season – but autumn/winter also. Searches and bookings for UK-based holidays have increased by almost a quarter in 2017 compared with last year, according to Sojern, a travel marketing company….

First Speaker Announced for 2018 Oxford Farming Conference

The Oxford Farming Conference has confirmed the first speaker in a line-up of inspirational sessions for the conference in January 2018. In line with the theme ‘Embracing Change’, thought-leader on youth culture and the food system Eve Turow Paul will be talking about changing food values and how farmers and supply chains can adapt to…

Farm Shop & Deli Awards open for entries

Entering their fifth year, the Farm Shop & Deli Awards are officially open for entries. Category awards are up for grabs across 12 different specialisms with nine regional awards also available – plus the coveted ‘Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year’ title. There is also the chance for young companies, who have opened…

Get to grips with glamping

Glamping opens a whole new area of business opportunities for diversification, especially for farmers looking to alternative income streams in the wake of the Brexit vote and the uncertainty surrounding the outcomes of our exit from the European Union. Domestic tourism is increasing year on year and with more people opting to stay in the…

Diversification 74% more likely due to Brexit

Diversity is the future of farming. More and more farms are looking at branching out into more than one area to establish multiple streams of income which will allow business to remain resilient in times where subsidies are falling and trade deals with the EU are up in the air. A recent study revealed that…

Rural Business Awards shortlist announced

A thriving wedding venue born from a derelict sheep farm, an environmentally conscious construction company and a rural healthcare service are just some of the businesses shortlisted for the annual Rural Business Awards (RBAs), due to be held on 5th October at Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey. Created by an entrepreneurial duo of countryside-based business…

Biofuels start-up receives national recognition

An innovative coffee recycling partnership between Network Rail and bio-bean, which has prevented an estimated 5,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere since April 2015, has received national recognition at the UK’s most prestigious green business awards. Last week, the partnership – which is the largest initiative of its kind – received a Highly-Commended…

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