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31st May deadline for up to £1 million grant

Funds are available from £2,500 up to £1 million, for the last pot of European Rural Development funds before we Brexit. However first stage applications for the Growth Programme funds must be made by 31 May 2018.


ARC have helped over 40 rural businesses access almost £10 million of grants, stimulating investment and growth into rural areas.  Innovative solutions through grant funding have included processing and packing lines for a wide range of food producers, including quality sauce producers and a well-known crisp manufacturer.  ARC consultants have helped East Anglian vineyards to diversify their operations, attract visitors to the area to taste and purchase award winning wines.


Farms and rural businesses have also been supported through investment opportunities in reservoirs, leading-edge agricultural machinery and pack houses that have led to sustainable agricultural practices.


ARC consultants can assist you to develop your ideas, identify the right option for you and negotiate your way through the application process to success.”


To find out how we can help, click here.

Tap Turns On for £27 million Eco-water Grant scheme 

ARC members are standing by to provide expert advice and support on accessing a new grant scheme, which has a deadline of 11th May 2018 for applications.


The £27 million scheme is to improve the water environment across England and has been jointly launched by Defra, Natural England and the Environment Agency.


The Water Environment Grant scheme will provide £9 million each year over the next three years to applicants applying for funding to restore local eco-systems and deliver substantial benefits to people and the environment.


Potential projects could include river restoration activities, removal of obstacles to help fish moving along rivers and streams or actions to improve the water quality.


The Water Environment Grant scheme offers a fantastic opportunity for applicants from across the country to secure funding for projects to enhance the environment, boost wildlife and benefit their rural community.


The scheme, launched by Environment Minister Therese Coffey, who is also the MP for Suffolk Coastal, is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.  They will award grants to non-profit ventures with greater support for projects which enhance water eco-systems.


Grants will be determined by the Environment Agency and Natural England and funding will be awarded in August 2018. Successful applicants will be expected to start their projects before March 2019, with completion dates of March 2021.

For further information visit the .Gov website here


ARC Consultants can give advice and support to potential applicants.  Click here for a list of ARC consultants with expertise in this field plus Neil Featherstone, at Future  Environomics.



Budding Farm Tenants Kick-off Wellies for New Training Course

25 budding farm tenants have kicked off their wellies and taken part in a pioneering, new training course created by Anglia Rural Consultants (ARC).  The course helped prospective tenant farmers develop their business skills to help shape their farm tenancy applications, for Norfolk’s County Farm Estate.


Norfolk County Council owns an estate of more than 6,500 hectares farmed by 145 tenants, which provides significant income for the Council, to help pay for services and development.   The Council invited ARC to develop and deliver expert, practical training, to help prospective tenant farmers define their approach and create winning applications, for four tenancies up for lease.


The two half day courses, held at The Morley Agricultural Foundation Research Centre, were introduced by Duncan Slade, the Land Agent for Norfolk County Council.  The course included sessions on finance and risk analysis, a farm budget exercise and a personality profile, so applicants, many in their twenties and thirties, can establish their strengths and weaknesses.


In addition, a presentation by a current farm tenant highlighted life at the cutting edge of tenant farming and, with wellies now on, the delegates toured the Morley Foundation farm.  This helped them learn about the funding, facilities and equipment needed to operate a farm and assess the strengths and weakness when viewing a farm property.


Delegates were also able to meet with specialist consultants from ARC, to review their farm budgets and discuss their business ideas for the future.


Mike Appleyard


Anglia Rural Consultants provide expert, practical advice and support for farming and rural businesses.  If you would like to explore how we could develop and deliver a bespoke training course or event, do get in touch.


Contact:  Richard Rampton, Chairman ARC


Phone:  01508 470 347

£60m grant scheme for equipment launched by DEFRA

Farm minister George Eustice has launched a £60m grant scheme to help farmers in England fund purchases of new equipment.


The Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme will be open to bids of between £3,000 and £12,000 to put towards equipment costs.


The grants are to support:

  • Adding value to agri-food
  • Improving farm productivity
  • Water resource management and reservoirs
  • Improving forestry productivity


As Britain leaves the EU, Government wants to ensure that farmers can become more resilient, competitive and capitalise on world-wide interest in quality British produce.


The Farm Minister said that the website and application process set out details of “a range of innovative items from which most farmers could find something they would want to apply for”.


The scheme is funded through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development via the Rural Development Programme for England.

Applications can be made on the Government’s Countryside Productivity Scheme website.

See also: Government support available to build on-farm reservoirs


ARC can provide advice and support, if you’re considering a grant application for The Countryside Productivity Scheme, LEADER or other grants available.  Please visit our specialists’ page for more information.

Anglia Rural Consultants (ARC) Joins Forces with Norfolk County Council

ARC has joined forces with Norfolk County Council to hold free business planning training for would-be farm tenants.


Four farms covering a total of more than 1,000 acres are being offered for let to help aspiring farmers build their businesses as part of the Norfolk County Farms estate.


Read the full article here in the Eastern Daily Press.

To find out how to apply read more here.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 9th March 2018.


Training Course Details


The ARC business planning training courses will be held on the 13th and 21st February 2018, from 1pm – 5pm at the Morley Agricultural Foundation, near Wymondham, Norfolk.


For more information and to book your place contact Norfolk County Council Land Agent, Duncan Slade by email:

DEFRA announces new grants

New Grants for Farmers


New grants to support farming businesses have been announced by Defra.  The Countryside Productivity Scheme will help livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural farmers improve productivity through investing in new technology, such as robotics, to reduce cost or improve product quality.

It will also help farmers and food processors to invest in new equipment and machinery to improve the processing of milk, meat and fruit.

The grants will provide a funding of between £35,000 and £1 million for 40% of the costs and the ARC team are on hand to advise and support you.



Adding Value to Agri-food

  • Open to food processors and farmers
  • Open for Expressions of Interest until 29th June 2018
  • Projects should improve processing of primary agricultural products to shorten supply chains and deliver benefits to producers
  • Grants of 40% can help pay for equipment, machinery and buildings associated with all aspects of processing
  • Farmer controlled businesses (but not individual farmers) can apply for grants for grain processing and storage
  • Minimum grant: £35,000

Improving Farm Productivity

  • Open to farmers and growers only
  • Open for Expressions of Interest until 3rd December 2018
  • Specifically for projects that improve productivity through:
    • Use of robotic equipment and systems to aid crop and livestock production
    • Increasing the use of renewable energy generated on farm by improving energy storage and distribution
    • The use of LED wavelength controlled lighting to aid crop production
    • More efficient use of livestock slurries and manures, and digestates.
  • Grants are for 40% of eligible costs, with a minimum grant of £35,000


These schemes are in addition to the Water Resource Management and Improving Forestry Productivity schemes currently open.

All these schemes have criteria, which may limit equipment that is eligible, as well as the dates until which they are open.

In addition, there are other grant schemes available, such as LEADER, more suitable for smaller projects or other activities.

ARC can provide advice and support, if you’re considering a grant application for The Countryside Productivity Scheme, LEADER or other grants available.  Please visit our specialists’ page for more information.

To find out more about the Countryside Productivity Scheme visit

Join us at the Norfolk Show

Want to have a chat about growing your business? If so, why not join us at the Royal Norfolk Show on Thursday 29th June 2017.    It’s a great place to meet old friends and new.  That’s why ARC is teaming up, once again, with the CLA – the Country Land and Business Association – and we’ll have a stand as part of their Rural Business Showcase in their marquee at Stand 146.


So pop along and let’s talk business:


Date:    Thursday 29th June

Time:   11am – 3pm

Venue: Royal Norfolk Show

Place:   CLA corporate marquee

Stand:  146

Join us at Suffolk’s biggest day out

Want to have a chat about growing your business? If so, why not join us at the Suffolk Show on Thursday 1st June 2017.    It’s a great place to meet old friends and new.


That’s why ARC are teaming up with the CLA – the Country Land and Business Association – and we’ll have a stand as part of their Rural Business Showcase 2017.


It really is Suffolk’s biggest day out and as it’s half term under 15s are free.


So pop along and see us:

Date:    Thursday 1st June

Time:   11am – 3pm

Venue:  Trinity Park near Ipswich

Place:   CLA corporate marquee

Stand:  710


We’ll also be joining the CLA at the Royal Norfolk Show which is held on the 28th and 29th June at the Norfolk Showground, just south of Norwich – so  get those dates in your diary and we’ll give you more details soon.

ARC Seminar

Farmer’s challenged to consider Brexit opportunities

Creating ‘profit bonds’ and taking advantage of Research and Development opportunities were just two of the ideas proposed post-Brexit at a seminar for agricultural and rural businesses, held in November.


50 leaders of rural businesses, including farmers and agricultural specialists, attended the event to gain insight into the future of the rural economy, post-Brexit and in light of the Government’s recent Autumn Statement.


The ‘Business for Change’ seminar was held at the regional Head Quarters of the National Farmers’ Union East Anglia and was developed by Anglia Rural Consultants, (ARC), to provide a sharp focus on the impact and implications of Government policies surrounding Brexit.


Keynote speaker Kit Papworth, the Director of L F Papworth, a leading contract farming business, challenged the audience to think differently, saying:


“Yields of many of our main arable crops are static at best.   Costs continue to rise and commodity prices are more volatile than ever.


“Meanwhile, according to NGOs, the environment is in rapid decline and the public finances of the UK are under significant pressure.   However, farmers are now enjoying huge support from the general public.   So, we must grasp the opportunity that Brexit has delivered.  It’s time to think differently, create some new ideas and fresh thinking, to help invest in our future.


“Farmers should create a ‘profit bond’; a tax free pot of cash created through profits and held by Government to help fund new projects, retirement plans and protect us from future market volatility.”


“Environmental stewardship is important and compulsory at a basic level, however, there should be a higher tier of environmental management which could be rewarded.”


Read the East Anglian Daily Times media coverage here.

Read the Eastern Daily Press media coverage here.