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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…

Open Farm Sunday attended by 250,000 people

The public showed its support for British farming in June with over a quarter of a million people visiting farms for LEAF Open Farm Sunday. Initial estimates from organisers LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) indicate that over 250k people spent the day at one of the 358 farms across the country that hosted an event,…

Farm Business Innovation Show announces partnership with Diversify Now

The Farm Business Innovation Show will return to the NEC Birmingham from 8-9 November with a new media partner: Diversify Now magazine. The 2016 Exhibition News Awards ‘Trade Show of the Year’ winning show will be packed with the most creative products from 450 exhibitors, useful services and ideas, and 150 inspiring seminars from top experts in the industry….

Glamping business workshops launched

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The first in a series of glamping business workshops will be held in Northamptonshire on 18 May. The glamping industry’s Kate Morel will aim to give those who are considering, or about to set up their own glamping site, the information and guidance needed to create a successful enterprise. The event, which will take place at…

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…

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