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New transportable log homes launched

A contemporary range of transportable, solid log homes is being launched by Norwegian Log Buildings. The new concept Inovar Transportable homes have a modern look with all the quality construction benefits of a solid log building. Designs include angled elevations and space saving internal walls with panoramic double glazing and bi-fold doors. Factory assembled in…

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 &…

Diversify Now announce media partnership with Farm Business Innovation Show

Diversify Now is proud to announce that it will be media partners for this year’s Farm Business Innovation Show. The free event, which will take place from 9-10 November at Birmingham’s NEC, attracts more than 350 exhibitors and stages more than 150 seminars. Last year 7,000 people attended to access the advice, resources and inspiration…

New scheme connects farmers with beekeepers

The relationship between farmers and beekeepers is a vital one. In the UK around 70 of the crops grown are dependent on, or benefit from visits from bees, a value which is estimated at over £200 million per year. While the importance of bees to UK agriculture is profound, it has not always been straightforward…

CLA calls on government to deliver on pledge

One year on from a pledge to help farmers and other rural businesses reduce planning barriers and the government has still not delivered. That is the message of the CLA, which represents thousands of landowners, farmers and rural businesses that are held back by the delays, inefficiencies and inflexibilities of the planning system. A year…

Yorkshire farmer wins diversification award

Little Otchan Shepherd Hut was announced the winner of the 2016 Farm Diversification Award at this year’s Driffield Show. George F. White, in association with Driffield Agricultural Society, was pleased to present the owner, Jonathan Hodgson, with a £500 cash prize and engraved silver salver as part of the accolade. Little Otchan Shepherd Hut, based in…

BBC Countryfile Live confirms it will be back next year

BBC Countryfile Live enjoyed huge visitor numbers over four days earlier this month, with a staggering 125,000 confirmed as attending the inaugural event. The hotly anticipated live show cemented Countryfile’s reputation as Britain’s most watched factual TV programme with viewing figures peaking at over nine million viewers earlier this year. As well as the thousands of…

It’s a small world after all…

Demand for glamping structures is spreading around the world, according to a South West shepherd hut producer. Blackdown Shepherd Huts, based in Somerset, are fast becoming a business to be reckoned with. Will Vickery, who runs the hand-crafted shepherd huts business, employs a team of 10 in his workshop, which is based just outside Ilminster….

Beware new tax rules, warns CAAV

The government is clamping down on property investors, which could have significant implications for diversified farmers and rural estates. “In the past couple of years we’ve seen an increasing tax assault on people with extra dwellings,” said Jeremy Moody, secretary and adviser to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV). “New investors are face a higher…

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