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Converting Farm Buildings

Bidwells’ Louise Newton talks us through the first steps and common pitfalls to avoid In the first instance, you should undertake a review of your existing buildings to determine whether there are any which are redundant or under-utilised. You should also consider whether any of your buildings potentially lend themselves to alternative uses, for example,…

Planning – Doddle or show-stopper

David Collier from David Collier Rural Planning talks us through an issue that will affect most people planning a diversification: planning For every person who boasts in the pub about winning planning approval without the need for professional help, there’s another who regards the whole business as practically impossible. Who’s right? subscribing to Diversify Now…

Herefordshire Rural Business Advice Day

Wednesday 23rd November 2016 THREE COUNTIES HOTEL, BELMONT ROAD, HEREFORD HR2 7BP FREE ENTRY   Call in between 12.00 noon & 7.00 pm There are stands representing many aspects of the rural business including: Specialist Software for Farm Businesses Diversification Business Management, Planning, Start-up Local Grants & Funding opportunities Financial & Legal Advice for Farms &…

A gem of an idea

William Waterfield from The Farm Consultancy Group reveals how to get diversification projects off to a flying start Diversification should help farmers and landowners build more resilient businesses. Too often the reverse is true and the resources committed to the new venture result in the core farming business falling behind. Avoiding this pitfall requires a…

Nibbling at the elephant’s bottom

The story of how one family made an international business out of elderflower Belvoir Fruit Farms have been making elderflower cordials and pressés for over 30 years. Still a family owned and run business, they remain true to their original recipes and roots, with their whole range being handmade on the farm and using only…

An alternative perspective on beef production

Geoff Roper and Nick Weber think they’ve found a solution for those looking to diversify into the beef industry without the need for vast acreage or years of cattle experience It may be the biggest herd in Europe but it’s certainly not the tallest. Nick Weber and Geoff Roper’s Lowline cattle stand just one metre…

Be more horse

Agriculture, land ownership and horses have been natural bedfellows for hundreds of years.  After all, it’s not so long again that they were still pulling ploughs and acting as our predominant form of transportation. Today, the relationship is different but no less important to a lot of businesses. Many farmers have chosen to diversify into…

From modest beginnnings

A family farm shows everyone how diversification is done Knockraich Farm has been owned by the Rodger family since the 1950s and perfectly illustrates what can be achieved by diversification having won the Silver Award for Family Farming Business of the Year 2015 in the British Farming Awards.

Ice cream appeal

The Fell family has been creating award-winning Cheshire Farm Ice Cream for nearly 30 years. As the business started to grow, people would visit the farm in order to purchase the delicious ice cream and eventually The Ice Cream Farm tourist attraction was born. The site, which sits adjacent to the Cheshire Farm Ice Cream…

Wedding business is booming

Meet the farmers taking advantage of the wedding market Lynn South Farm in Newport is home to the unique natural petal confetti producers, Shropshire Petals. The family-run arable farm, owned by the Bubb family, is celebrating its tenth year since they took the risky step to diversifying into the wedding industry, despite the weather.

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