Who are we? Jo Martin

Who are we I hear you ask!

Well, I’m Jo Martin the Founder of Rural Business Network and my vision is to create an independent community of support, guiding fellow farmers and rural entrepreneurs like myself, through their business journey.

Why do you want to do that Jo?

Because I couldn’t find the support for my business to grow when I needed it most. I needed someone to understand what it’s like running a farm and trying to get a new business off the ground whilst juggling family at the same time. I needed someone to point me in the right direction. I needed to talk to others in a similar situation. I needed to learn how to market my business and I needed someone who would say I was doing okay.

Rural Business Network Members

The vast majority of members are farming families who are thinking about diversification. Some members have already begun their new project and some members are non-farming businesses including accountants, rural surveyors and marketing professionals. Everyone wants everyone to succeed. We are a friendly and supportive community.

Event Sponsor

Hay & Kilner supported us via the Crowdfunder campaign we did in September 2020. At that time we were planning a Celebration Event but Covid got in the way. We will be holding the event but as yet have not set a date. In the meantime, the team at Hay & Kilner have delivered some events including Succession Planning, Different Ways to Structure your Business, and Top Tips for Farm Diversification. All events were recorded and are available on-demand for members to watch at a time that suits them.

Hay & Kilner Law Firm logo

Hay & Kilner is committed to meeting the different needs of all clients and contacts and has developed high levels of service which they consistently deliver. They have a team of expert solicitors who provide advice to their clients involved in agricultural land and farming or related rural activities. Whether you run a large or small family business, a large company or a landed estate they can give you the expert advice you need. They deliver a quality assured service, focusing on your specific requirements, and are committed to securing the best result for you.

They work closely with your other professional advisers, such as bankers, accountants and land agents, to ensure that you achieve the best solution in the most tax efficient manner.

They have good relationships with many national and regional organisations and recommend that clients in the rural community need their trusted adviser “team” to all work together for the best results to be achieved.

Associate Members

We currently have 3 Associate Members who are on hand to provide advice and collaborate on events.

Member spotlight Calibre Control logo

Calibre supply a range of agricultural testing equipment for the arable and dairy farm sector. We aim to be a support tool for our customers to help with on-farm solutions such as grain moisture testing, antibiotic testing and mastitis monitoring.

 

Fisher German are a leading national firm of specialist UK property consultants and chartered surveyors, with 600 people across 26 offices, adding value to owners and businesses through a wide range of property services.

Their modern approach to rural property services works in tandem with traditional values, providing their clients with bespoke advice to maximise their own priorities in an ever more complicated rural market.

They have dedicated rural property consultants and the technical knowledge required to take an innovative approach, dealing with issues effectively; through project co-ordination they are able to deliver a range of integrated professional expertise by drawing, when needed, on the firm’s specialists in planning, building surveying and sustainable energy, as well as liaising effectively with other external consultants including financial and legal advisors.

The high level of communication within the rural real estate sector, together with internal systems and procedures in place, ensures that Fisher German is a leading rural consultant.

The Rural Design Centre logo

Why does the Rural Design Centre exist? 

Their purpose is to make rural life better. 

They work with people and organisations who are passionate about the place they live and work. They help to create new ideas and turn them into solutions. 

Rural UK is more diverse than people think at first. It is much more than farming and tourism. Rural economies have untapped potential for innovation and positive change.