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Grant Funding for projects which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors – Countryside Productivity Scheme - August 30, 2017
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Grants are available through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Countryside Productivity Scheme for projects in England, which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors and help to create jobs and growth in the rural economy. The Scheme provides grants for: Water Resource Management and Reservoir Grants to improve farm productivity through more … Continue reading Grant Funding for projects which improve productivity in the farming and forestry sectors – Countryside Productivity Scheme


Farmers urged to get planning applications in now to avoid fee hike - August 30, 2017
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A rise in planning fees scheduled to take place later this year could have a big impact on farms’ growth plans, according to the NFU. The NFU is calling on members of the farming community to get their planning applications into their local authorities before the autumn to save thousands on planning fees. Planning fees … Continue reading Farmers urged to get planning applications in now to avoid fee hike


National Trust fears farmers may put short-term profits ahead of sustainability - August 30, 2017
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The uncertainty surrounding the future of post-Brexit subsidies could see farmers risk rural landscapes by putting profit first, according to the National Trust. Speaking at Countryfile Live in Oxfordshire, the Trust’s Director General, Dame Helen Ghosh, said that a small group of farmers appeared to be reverting to more intensive methods in order to make … Continue reading National Trust fears farmers may put short-term profits ahead of sustainability


Bank of England keeps interest rates at historic low - August 30, 2017
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Interest rates in the UK have remained unchanged for a year now and with inflation on the rise there has been much conjecture about when they may increase. During the latest meeting of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee members voted 6 – 2 to leave interest rates on hold at 0.25 per cent … Continue reading Bank of England keeps interest rates at historic low


Banks not helping SME farmers according to new poll - July 12, 2017
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A recent YouGov poll has found that 80 per cent of small and medium sized businesses in the farming sector feel that banks could ‘better support them’. One of the key concerns highlighted by this new study is that many High Street banks did not have the specialist knowledge of the agriculture sector to properly … Continue reading Banks not helping SME farmers according to new poll


VAT scheme controversy: Farmers incorrectly removed could be entitled to refund or compensation - July 12, 2017
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A recent case heard in the European Court of Justice could mean that farmers who have been incorrectly removed from the agricultural flat-rate scheme (AFRS) – a VAT simplification scheme – may be entitled to a repayment of VAT, or compensation, from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). AFRS is a simplification method that is widely … Continue reading VAT scheme controversy: Farmers incorrectly removed could be entitled to refund or compensation


Savings in sharp decline - July 12, 2017
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New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the proportion of UK residents’ disposable income that goes into savings has fallen to a record low. The ONS latest study found that the savings ratio, which measures the outgoings and incomings that affect households, had fallen to 1.7 per cent during January … Continue reading Savings in sharp decline


Farmers forced to abandon slurry grant scheme - June 28, 2017
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A grant scheme designed to pay for slurry store covers is being abandoned by famers after it has been proven to be impossible for them to meet its strict deadlines. The Farming Ammonia Reduction Grant was open to a number of farmers across the UK and the NFU believes that while many were aware of … Continue reading Farmers forced to abandon slurry grant scheme


Public fear rise in food prices rather than stability of farming industry - June 28, 2017
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A new study by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) has suggested that consumers are less concerned about the plights of British farmers and more concerned about how Brexit will impact the price and choice of food available. The study from the sustainable farming charity found that only one in four people were worried about the … Continue reading Public fear rise in food prices rather than stability of farming industry


Protect your wealth in these uncertain times with the right financial advice - June 28, 2017
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