Autumn grant opportunities – The Farming Investment Fund

Farming Investment Fund In March this year, DEFRA wrote a blog post to announce that the Farming Investment fund would be released in Autumn. The fund is designed to allow for profitability and good environmental practices to be achieved as basic payments are phased out. In simple terms, the Farming Investment Fund is a two-part (more…)

Supporting your rural business journey

As a rural business owner, you may have seen our last blog post about the unveiling of our rebrand at the Great Yorkshire Show, but the truth is, we just can’t wait that long. We want to share our new identity with you, and we hope that you love it as much as we do. (more…)

Will we see you at the Great Yorkshire Show?

We are so excited to be attending the Great Yorkshire Show from Tuesday the 13th- Friday the 16th of July 2021. You can find us on stand 199, Avenue Q. If you are attending the show, we would love to see you and have the chance to connect in person after many months of only (more…)

Let’s get that business plan nailed!

Do you have a business plan? Do you refer to it on a daily basis? Do you need help to nail it? In this blog I am going to cover: What is a business plan? A business plan is a written tool that describes your business and projects 3-5 years ahead. It should include your: (more…)

How will the changes in farm payment schemes affect you?

I don’t need to tell you that farming is in a period of change but have you considered how the changes in farm payment schemes will affect you and your business? This blog is set out as follows: So, what’s driving this change? The Agriculture Act 2020 The Agriculture Act 2020 gained royal assent on (more…)

Update: 19th April 2021

This is the Rural Business Network update published on 19th April 2021. Hello, the last 2 weeks have gone very quickly!  On the 8th April, we had the 2020 British Farming Awards Diversification Innovator of the Year winner, Andrew Jones, together with daughter Gemma explain how they have gone from milking cows to running a bespoke (more…)

Meet the Expert: Joanne Milne

The sixth in our series of Meet the Exert is a conversation with Joanne Milne, Partner at member Hay & Kilner Law Firm.

Update: 6th April 2021

This is the Rural Business Network update published on 6th April 2021. Hello, I hope you managed to have a good Easter weekend 🐣 How quickly does time fly?  I can’t believe it was a year ago that Rural Business Network open for membership!  I am delighted with the press coverage of our 1st anniversary (more…)

Update: 22nd March 2021

This is the Rural Business Network update published on 22nd March 2021. It’s officially spring!  It’s lovely to see lambing in full swing and it’s been dry enough for Peter and the boys to do some land work ready for sowing. I’ve welcomed lots of new members these past few weeks and it’s great to (more…)