Hello, how are you doing? This is the Rural Business Network update published on 8th March 2021.

The last 2 week’s have flown by!

We’ve been busy on the farm and now only have a couple of heifers left to calve. We also started lambing last week, I really do love this time of year!

Over the past 2 weeks there have been 3 Rural Business Network events.

The first was Lamb2Ewe – the story so far when Tom-Kitchen Dunn spoke openly and honestly on how he has grown his business from a lamb box scheme into something unrecognisable in a short space of time.  We also heard Tom’s exciting plans for the future.  Go check out his website: Lamb2Ewe.co.uk

Last Tuesday Rural Business Network member Charlotte Newton who is a Rural Chartered Surveyor at Vickers & Barrass, provided an update on the Countryside Stewardship Capital Grants scheme.  Charlotte gave members examples of what is covered in the scheme and how to apply as well as answering lots of members’ questions. 

Last Thursday, we were delighted to be joined by some of the team from global leaders in solar development, Lightsource BP. Mark, Tara and Richard provided an overview of the factors considered for selecting solar farm sites and answered members’ questions. 

Don’t worry if you missed any of these events, the presentations were recorded and if you join as a member, you will be given access to them.

Membership for farmers and farm based businesses is just £5+VAT per month.

Coming up this week Dairy Vet of the Year 2020, Sarah Tomlinson, who is a farm vet as Westpoint Farm Vets, member of the UK Government TB Partnership and technical director for the TB Advisory Service. will talk us through Identifying TB risk on farm and protecting our business from the impact of a breakdown.  Sarah stresses that we shouldn’t assume it will never happen or that we know everything there is to know about TB, so please register to attend this free event on the Rural Business Network website to have the opportunity to discuss TB.

On Tuesday 16th March, we have our Raising Finance event. Principal Broker at Wattsford Commercial Finance, Andrew Wattsford will explain to members the different options of raising finance and what we need to have in place before we approach a lender.

Andrew is a broker with a farming background and is a leading provider of finance to farmers and rural businesses. He understands and knows the needs of the agricultural community.

And on Tuesday 23rd March we have a marketing advice session for members to ask specific questions to marketing expert Hayey Parker from Flame Marketing.  Hayley will provide members with actionable advice there and then.  Flame Marketing is a marketing agency created specifically with rural spaces and customers in mind, who understand the struggles faced by their clients whether that’s the slow internet, or being late for a meeting because the cows needed to move fields!

The Rural Business Network resources section on the website is beginning to grow, so if you are not yet ready to join, you can access these for free.  I’m adding resources every Wednesday morning and if there is something specific you are looking for, please get in touch.  Email me at jo@rbn.org.uk

Finally, this month’s  E-Newsletter will be going out on Friday night, so make sure you sign up to receive it.

That’s it for now, thank you for listening.  Take care, stay safe and I look forward to seeing you soon.