Business Briefing March 2019

Welcome to the March edition of the Farm Consultancy Group Business Briefing Newsletter.   In this issue you will find articles on Ammonia – What It Is and How to Reduce It?, Making Tax Digital,  LEADER Grant projects and alternative funding and many more...

Ammonia – What It Is and How to Reduce It? - Prue Waterton (Chippenham)

NH₃, NH₄, NO₃, SO₃… There is only so much chemistry that we can remember from school, however the chemistry that is becoming more important to understand is Ammonia (NH₃), the effects, and ways in which it can be reduced. The Clean Read more...

Cotswolds LEADER Grant Funding to Re-Open - Chloe Dyche (Gloucester)

We have been contacted by the team Leader at Cotswolds LEADER Programme to inform us that the grant programme may re-open for new Expressions of Interest for a two-week window in early March 2019. A Read more...

Countryside Stewardship Open Season – Make Use of The Capital Elements – Harry Edwards (Gloucester)

The Countryside Stewardship Scheme has received plenty of bad press since its launch back in 2015. Much of this bad press is on the back of very late and sporadic payments made to farmers who have incurred significant cost in implementing Read more...

Making Tax Digital Reminder – Charlotte Male (Sherborne)

Just a reminder that HMRC are implementing Making Tax Digital (MTD) from April 2019. This means that people who keep records on paper or spreadsheets and submit their VAT return manually will no longer be able to do so. From April 2019 Read more...

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) – Gerard Finnan (Sherborne)

Recently a training course on KPIs was run for FCG consultants especially in the dairying area. KPIs are not only useful to us as consultants but also to you the farmer, or any business for that matter. Read more...

Genetics Rather Than Cosmetics! - Tom Malleson (Sherborne)

We are seeing an increasing number of beef clients looking to source quality rearing calves directly from dairy farmers, to reduce the risks of disease and low colostrum intake associated with buying from unknown sources at market. Read more...

Alternative Funding Success – Harry Edwards (Gloucester)

Recently we have had a number of successful loan applications approved for a range of different business, a lot of them through what would be deemed alternative lending sources. Often traditional banks are restricted and as such some businesses fall outside Read more...

Benchmarking - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

AHDB have a system operating on line called Farmbench, whereby you can benchmark your farming figures against the average and the “best”. By the “best”, they mean the top 5% performers. This is an excellent way of monitoring Read more...

Is Your Farming Partnership Legally Binding? - Chloe Dyche (Gloucester)

Often partnerships are formed and built on trust over the kitchen table, but have you ever considered the benefits of having a partnership agreement in place, or more importantly the risks of not having one in place? Read more...

Recent Grant Projects Completed – Chloe Dyche (Gloucester)

During the first two weeks of February the Gloucester office have had the successful completion of two grant funded projects. From initial involvement and planning to final claim submission. One was Read more...

Right to Work in UK? - Gerard Finnan( Sherborne)

It’s a legal requirement to check and record that prospective employees have a right to work in the UK. Failure to do so can result in fines for you of up to £20,000 per illegal employee. Read more...

Another Planning Success - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

I assisted a client obtain a temporary dwelling on a small-holding in Warwickshire three years ago. It had been vigorously objected to by the local planning officers and recommended for refusal. I managed Read more...

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