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Take advantage of the latest grant funding opportunities - November 25, 2017
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A grant funding programme which aims to help small businesses grow and diversify could provide a valuable extra revenue stream for our region. The RDPE Growth Programme (Business Development) is aimed at new or existing small and micro businesses, as well as farmers who want to diversify into non-agricultural activity in a rural area.  The … Continue reading Take advantage of the latest grant funding opportunities


Half of employees happy to accept rise in Workplace Pension contributions next year - November 12, 2017
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A new study by Aviva has found that 50 per cent of the 2,007 people it surveyed would definitely stay ‘opted in’ to a workplace pension scheme following a rise in minimum contributions. From April 2018, minimum pension contributions will rise from the current two per cent (typically one per cent employer and one per cent employee) … Continue reading Half of employees happy to accept rise in Workplace Pension contributions next year


Take advantage of grant funding opportunities – Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Fund - October 15, 2017
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Is your business located within Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Rutland, North Hertfordshire, Uttlesford, South Holland, South Kesteven, Norfolk or Suffolk?  If so, you may be able to apply for funding to help you develop a product, or create new jobs. The Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Fund is currently available to support SMEs, where the main business is in … Continue reading Take advantage of grant funding opportunities – Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Fund


HMRC stops sending statements to those ‘contracted out’ - October 5, 2017
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If you ‘contracted out’ of the state pension between 1978 and 1997 you will no longer receive a statement from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) that lays out your entitlement. According to the Financial Times, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) had been due to send a statement to members of private and public sector schemes … Continue reading HMRC stops sending statements to those ‘contracted out’


Defra report calls for focus on public goods rather than direct payments - September 10, 2017
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A new report from Defra’s influential Natural Capital Committee (NCC) has said that the future of farming should focus on public goods and higher animal welfare, rather than direct payments. The Committee, created to advise the government on its delivery of a 25-year environment plan, has said in its new publication that Brexit was a … Continue reading Defra report calls for focus on public goods rather than direct payments


Six in ten workers in agriculture are without a pension, according to TUC - September 2, 2017
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Worrying new figures show that as many as six in ten workers in the agricultural sector are not enrolled into any form of pension scheme, according to the TUC. It believes that many farm workers in the sector are missing out on a decent retirement because they earned less than £10,000 last year, which is … Continue reading Six in ten workers in agriculture are without a pension, according to TUC


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


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