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Call for more flexible planning system in rural Scotland

Scotland’s planning system needs to take better account of the needs of land-based businesses and communities, Scottish Land & Estates has said. The organisation, which represents landowners and rural businesses across Scotland, has published its response to the Scottish government’s consultation on the future of the Scottish planning system. In Scottish Land & Estates’ written…

A £250k investment pot available to businesses

The search is on for a new crop of agricultural entrepreneurs keen to progress their businesses to the next level. Brought to you by Briefing Media Agriculture, owners of publications including Farmers Guardian, in conjunction with The Co-operative Food, the competition invites anyone with a ground-breaking business idea for agriculture to pitch Dragon’s Den-style for…

Post-Brexit policy should better support forestry sector

The importance of forestry, and the need for continued government support through Brexit and beyond, has been recognised in an Efra Select Committee Report. The CLA has welcomed the report, titled Forestry in England: Seeing the wood for the trees, calling it an important reminder of the contribution of forestry to our landscapes, environment and…

Enter the Rural Business Awards 2017!

Rural firms from across Britain are being invited to get their entries in for an awards scheme designed specifically for the countryside sector. Now in their third year, the Rural Business Awards (RBAs) are the only UK-wide business awards for rural enterprises. Sponsored by Janine Edwards Wealth Management Ltd and Principal Partner Practice of St….

Specialist crops to boost farm margins

Arable farmers could maximise returns by including specialist crops in their rotations – and they can find out how at the Cereals Event 2017. As pressure to diversify and increase profits mounts, this year’s Cereals (14-15 June) will see the addition of the brand new Specialist Crop Zone. “We want to provide visitors with something…

Could your glamping site be a winner?

The Glamping Awards have been launched to celebrate outstanding achievements in the industry. The first award ceremony of its kind, they will celebrate glamping excellence and inspire and support a growing glamping community. Entering the Glamping Awards offers a great opportunity to promote your brand and connect with a worldwide audience. Nominations have a chance to…

LEAF calls on farmers to stand proud on Open Farm Sunday 2017

LEAF has called on farmers to throw open their gates for Open Farm Sunday, which will take place on 11 June. As the sector works to determine what a post-referendum farming industry is going to look like, there has never been a more critical time for farmers to demonstrate the vital role they play in delivering…

£120 million available to support rural growth

In a major boost to jobs and growth in rural areas, businesses are being invited to submit expressions of interest for support under the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). The RDPE Growth Programme supports projects that invest in building businesses, creating new jobs and growing the economy in rural areas. £120 million is available…

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