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ARC conference: presentations

Preparing for tomorrow’s challenges – Jamie Gwatkin, ARC member and Farm Advisor of the Year 2016, Farmers Weekly

Profiting from the environment – Neil Featherstone, ARC member and founder of Environomics

Funding for tomorrow’s farming – Oliver McEntyre, National Agricultural Strategy Director, Barclays Bank plc

Skills for tomorrow’s farms – Jane Townsend, Principal, Easton & Otley College

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ARC conference: media coverage

Farmers Face a ‘Holy Trinity of Chaos’

ARC’S recent conference, created to address future farming challenges, attracted leaders from the farming and agricultural sector across the East, who got to grips with the fact that farmers are facing a ‘holy trinity of chaos.’

 

Read the media coverage in the East Anglian Daily Times here –

 

https://www.eadt.co.uk/business/farming/anglian-rural-consultants-conference-on-brexit-fears-1-5810819

Anglia Rural Consultants Conference

CONFERENCE

Farming:  Facing Future Challenges

today’s practical approaches for tomorrow’s farms

Join us for an inspiring, insightful and informative event.  Aimed at farmers and rural specialists, speakers include some of the most skilled farming and rural experts in the UK.

Date:

Thursday Dec. 6th 2018

Time:

9.30 am – 1 pm followed by networking lunch

Venue:

National Farmers’ Union East Anglia, Willie Snaith Road, Newmarket, CB8 7SN

Tickets:

only £25 including networking lunch.  Tickets are limited.  Book NOW.

arc-farming-conference.eventbrite.co.uk

PROGRAMME 

Registration

9.30 am – 10 am

Welcome

Oliver McEntyre, National Agricultural Strategy Director, Barclays Bank plc

Introduction

Ben Crossman, Chairman, Country, Land and Business Association, Suffolk

Preparing for tomorrow’s challenges

Jamie Gwatkin, ARC member and Farm Advisor of the Year 2016, Farmers Weekly

Not just a commodity producer

David Jones, Morley Agricultural Foundation, Norfolk

Profiting from the environment

Neil Featherstone, ARC member and founder of Environomics

Funding for tomorrow’s farming

Oliver McEntyre, National Agricultural Strategy Director, Barclays Bank plc

Skills for tomorrow’s farms

Jane Townsend, Principal, Easton & Otley College

Be positive. Getting the message across through social media

Tom Martin, Chairman of the East of England Farming Conference and partner of G Martin and Sons.  Twitter handle: @Farmer_Tom_UK

NETWORKING LUNCH

Tickets are limited.  Book NOW:  arc-farming-conference.eventbrite.co.uk

Barclays Speaker to Address Farm Funding for Future Generations

Oliver McEntyre, National Agricultural Strategy Director, Barclays

Oliver McEntyre, the National Agricultural Strategy Director for Barclays Bank plc, will provide valuable insight into funding opportunities for farm enterprises, at a Newmarket conference created to help face sector challenges.

 

The Anglia Rural Consultants (ARC) event, ‘Farming: Facing Future Challenges’ which is sponsored by Barclays, will be hosted by NFU East Anglia, at their offices in Newmarket, from 9.30 am – 1 pm on Thursday December 6th 2018.

 

Mr McEntyre, who has more than 30 years’ experience in farm management and finance, will be providing practical financial solutions.

 

“Agriculture always faces challenging times,” he said.  “So, I will be highlighting what support banks might be able to provide, how they assess funding applications and what wider considerations are taken into account. I will also share with delegates the ways in which they can mitigate lending risks to help a lender back their investment plans.

 

“It is essential that farmers and managers have a clear understanding of the financial opportunities and challenges they face when investing in the future of their businesses.  This will be their legacy for generations.”

 

Other speakers include:

  • Jamie Gwatkin, Farmers Weekly Farm Advisor of the Year 2016 and ARC member. Jamie will focus on how to prepare for tomorrow’s challenges
  • David Jones of Morley Agricultural Foundation, who will share his knowledge of commodities
  • Neil Townsend, founder of Environomics and ARC member.  Neil will explore ways that farmers can profit from the environment

 

The event, chaired by Ben Crossman, Chairman of the Country Land and Business Association, Suffolk, will include opportunities for delegates to question speakers and voice their views.

 

To see the full programme and book your tickets scroll to the top of the page.

Conference speaker to turn future farming challenges into opportunities

Photo – Tim Scrivener www.agriphoto.com

Jamie Gwatkin, Farmers Weekly Farm Advisor of the Year 2016, will provide a razor-sharp focus on opportunities, at a Newmarket conference, which will help the farming sector face future challenges.

 

The Anglia Rural Consultants (ARC) event, sponsored by Barclays, will be hosted by NFU East Anglia, at their offices in Newmarket, from 9.30 am – 1 pm on Thursday December 6th 2018.

 

Jamie Gwatkin, an ARC member, will be sharing his knowledge and insight as a keynote speaker at the Farming: Facing Future Challenges conference, providing practical solutions.

 

“Nobody knows what the future may hold, so farmers need to take a long, hard look at their businesses, to address challenges now and turn them into opportunities” said Jamie.

 

“I will be exploring ways in which the farming sector needs to get the basics right, which includes skills and finance.  Farmers need to ensure that the right management skills are in place and understand that employees are their most valuable resource.”

 

“There may be potential to generate additional income from unused assets,” he said, “and it is important to review borrowing and loan repayments on land, and long-term financial liabilities to ensure that the business remains viable in the long term.

 

“This is because banks may start to take a fresh look at a farm’s ability to repay debt and a review will help to identify whether the business needs to re-structure, to minimise costs.”

 

The event, which is limited to 80 people, will be chaired by Ben Crossman, Chairman of the Country Land and Business Association, Suffolk and will include opportunities for delegates to question speakers and voice their views.

 

To see the full programme and book your tickets please scroll to the top of the page.

New Conference – Farming: Facing Future Challenges

A new conference launched today by Anglia Rural Consultants (ARC) and sponsored by Barclays, will help farmers and rural specialists face future farming challenges.

 

The event will be hosted by NFU East Anglia, at their offices in Newmarket, from 9.30am – 1pm on Thursday December 6th 2018 and will be chaired by Ben Crossman, Chairman, Country, Land and Business Association, Suffolk.

 

Speakers include:

  • Jamie Gwatkin, Farmers Weekly Farm Advisor of the Year 2016 and ARC member. Jamie will focus on how to prepare for tomorrow’s challenges
  • Oliver McEntyre, the National Strategy Director for Barclays, who will explore funding opportunities
  • David Jones of Morley Agricultural Foundation and Jane Townsend, Principal of Easton & Otley College, who will provide a sharp focus on commodities and skills

 

ARC is a team of experienced, independent rural consultants.  They provide expert, practical advice to help farming and agricultural businesses grow.

 

Richard Rampton, Chairman of ARC said:

 

“We’re delighted to launch our new conference, Farming: Facing Future Challenges. The speakers, who are some of the most skilled farming and rural experts in the UK, will be taking a practical, no-nonsense approach on how to drive forward farming businesses, in these uncertain times.

 

“The event, which is limited to 80 people, promises to be inspiring and informative, with plenty of opportunities for delegates to question and challenge speakers, as well as voicing their views.”

 

Oliver McEntyre, the National Strategy Director for Barclays said:

 

“The support of farming and rural business is a key part of Barclays’ services, which is why we’re so pleased to sponsor the conference.  This enables us to provide the unique opportunity for farmers and rural specialists to gain insights from experts in their field.

 

“This is an important event, addressing critical issues, which will affect generations of farmers and rural businesses, long into the future.”

 

To see the full programme and book your ticket please scroll to the top of this news and events page.

Anglia Rural Consultants announces first sponsorship

Anglia Rural Consultants (ARC) have announced their first sponsorship partnership, which will help farmers and rural businesses become ‘Fit for the Future.’

 

‘Fit for the Future’, the title of the East of England Farming Conference, will be held on 1st November 2018 at the East of England Showground, Peterborough.

 

The event, organised by the East of England Agricultural Society and sponsored by ARC, amongst other organisations, will challenge industry business leaders to understand, embrace and adapt to change in the coming years.  Speakers include the NFU Vice Chairman Stuart Roberts and Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Sue Hayman.

 

Richard Rampton, the Chairman of ARC said: “This is a great opportunity to support the East of England Farming Conference.  As a group of experienced, independent rural consultants, we are passionate about helping farming and rural firms adapt to change and drive forward business growth.

 

“From hands-on help to secure grants, through to delivering major projects, we have some of the most skilled rural specialists in the UK.  The conference will provide a powerful platform to deliver our message to those who would benefit from our expertise.”

 

The East of England Farming Conference will also provide a solid foundation for ARC’s own conference, which will launch shortly.  Scheduled for 6th December and with a line-up of industry specialists, it will address the future challenges farmers face.

 

Tom Martin, who is Chairman of the East of England Farming Conference welcomed ARC’s support saying: “We’re really delighted to have ARC on board and it’s fantastic that the East of England Farming Conference has been chosen as their first sponsorship partnership.

 

“It’s a strong link, as the focus of the conference is to ensure farms and rural businesses are ‘Fit for the Future’, and delegates could really benefit from ARC’s wide range of expertise as part of their journey.”

 

To find out more and book your ticket for the conference visit www.eastofengland.org.uk.

Farming Income: good news or bad?

Figures recently release by DEFRA have shown that after expenses and charging depreciation the total income from farming in the UK, is estimated at £5.7 billion.  However, this is without any deduction from proprietors’ wages or land rent.

 

Experts at accountants Larking Gowen have investigated the figures release, so read the full article here published on the Suffolk Wire Business News.

Major Loans for Innovation Projects

Are you looking to develop a new product, process or service, which could be significantly ahead of anything similar in the field?  Or are you looking to develop innovative use of existing ones?

 

Innovate UK is to offer loans of between £100,000 and £10 million to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.  Loans are for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts.

 

Projects must focus on commercialisation, growth or scale up. Priority is given to proposals likely to lead to growth, gains in productivity and/or access to new overseas markets through export.

 

Projects should last up to five years, of which up to three years can focus on late stage research and development (R&D), and up to two more years on establishing a clear route to commercial success. Loan repayments will be required over a further period of up to five years.

 

Businesses must be able to show that they:

  • Can cover interest payments
  • Will be able to repay the loan on time
  • Need public funding

 

Registration closes at Wednesday 29 August 2018 12:00pm, the projects are expected to start by December 2018.

 

For more information contact Innovate UK here.

 

Contact ARC’s specialist finance consultants for further advice here.

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

Email: growth@angliaruralconsultants.com

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. http://angliaruralconsultants.com/finance-and-grants/

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:  duncan.slade2@norfolk.gov.uk

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.

 

Overview

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 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/countryside-productivity-scheme

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.