Excited to announce a Crowdfunder campaign!

As part of the Santander Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme, I have the opportunity to run a crowdfunding campaign from 1st to 29th September with Crowdfunder. Whilst it’s not something I had originally considered for Rural Business Network, I want to take advantage of the webinars and coaching so I can pass on my experience to members. (more…)

Do you hate social media? 3 reasons why you shouldn’t

I must admit I have a love-hate relationship with social media. Some days I love it, some days I hate it! I know that consistency is key but it’s so hard when you have a million and 1 other things to do – especially at this time of year. So this blog is a quick (more…)

#Farm24 – celebrating all that is Great about British farming

Proud to Support #Farm24 Have you heard of #Farm24? Launched in 2015 by the Farmers Guardian and sponsored by Morrisons, it is the agricultural industry’s biggest online event. Farmers and Foodies are encouraged to take to social media for a 24 hour period to show and explain the work they are doing that day. This (more…)

A fantastic first 4 months for Rural Business Network!

It has been an exciting start for Rural Business Network When membership opened on April Fool’s Day in the midst of this pandemic, I didn’t know what to expect for Rural Business Network. I can safely say it’s been an exciting few months with 25 rural business owners joining our community 😊 I was pushed (more…)

New project? Do you need planning permission?

What new project do you have in mind? Last week Rural Business Network member and Rural Chartered Surveyor, Charlotte Newton from Vickers & Barrass gave a very informative presentation on planning and development which included: An overview of the UK (focusing on England) planning system Comparison of planning permission and permitted development rights Class Q (more…)

The Top 4 Reasons why Networking is Essential

Networking is essential to grow your business “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”. I’m sure you’ve heard that saying – and it’s so right. Now, I find networking incredibly difficult – I’m a fish out of water and force myself to attend events because I know it’s the right thing to do. (more…)

Dairy Farmers: 5 ways to add value to your milk

How can you add value to your milk? With milk prices fluctuating are you wondering how you can add value to your milk right now? I’ve searched the internet for some recent musings on adding value to your milk to hopefully secure a better income. Raw milk You can add value to your milk by (more…)

10 Step Strategy to Market Your Business Effectively

Follow our 10 Step Strategy to Market your Rural Business Marketing is much more than a logo and a leaflet and there are many definitions. As you will see from the image below marketing covers everything from your product (or service) right through to your processes and physical environment. Our 10 step strategy to market (more…)

Back to Basics – 4 Easy Steps

Let’s Get Back to Basics In this week’s blog, I want to focus on getting the basics right – for my own reference more than anything and for anyone else who is struggling with trying to do everything. It’s hard isn’t it? But first, what do I mean when I say get back to basics? I’m suggesting that I (more…)