Anglia Rural Consultants (ARC), have welcomed the call for applications for a new round of rural development grants worth £40 million.
This round will provide grants for rural business development, food processing and rural tourism, as part of the Defra’s Growth Programme. The grants are available for capital projects that may include, for example, farm diversification, processing facilities and equipment, as well as visitor attraction and accommodation schemes.
ARC is a group of 13 specialists who give expert, tailored, practical advice to drive rural businesses forward. They provide advice and support in areas including grants, innovation, rural retail and heritage.
Emma Powlett, Chair of ARC said,
“Brexit has created a huge amount of uncertainty amongst farmers and rural businesses, so we really welcome the opportunity that this call for funding brings. It will stimulate development and help grow the rural economy.
“With grants available from between £20,000 to £750,000, a wide range of rural businesses could benefit, including food processing companies in rural and urban areas, farm businesses and those involved in rural tourism.
“These grants can provide up to 40% of the cost of a project. ARC consultants are among the most skilled, trusted and respected rural specialists in the UK. We can help create the most powerful possible case for a grant and help businesses weather the Brexit storm.
“When we crunch the numbers, rural firms can be confident in their business forecasts. We also take the strain, making the process as simple and straightforward as possible, for applicants.”
ARC consultants have successfully secured £5 million in grants for a range of rural businesses. This includes:
New Restaurant Development for Farm Shop
A £175,000 grant recently secured by ARC consultant, Richard Rampton, for a farm shop based in East Anglia This will enable the development of a new restaurant which will showcase local foods which are sold in the shop.
Due to open in Easter 2020 it will create high value new jobs in the area and be a destination for both local and visiting food lovers.
Processing and Packaging Facility
Under the last round of Growth Programme ARC consultant Emma Powlett secured on behalf of clients almost £1 million towards the development of a processing and packaging facility for mushrooms. The plant has secured a number of new jobs and revitalised the local economy. This has helped food businesses to put in new packing and processing plants, diversify farm businesses through adding value and tourism activities which has achieved the creation of jobs and the development of supply chains in the local economy.
Successful projects funded by grants secured by ARC consultants include:
Further information on the grants visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme
An 18 year old sheep farmer, Joe Rabicano, has been awarded the new tenancy of a 42 acre farm holding, as a result of the support of Anglia Rural Consultants (ARC).
Norfolk County Council appointed ARC, a group of experienced, independent rural consultants, to develop and deliver a bespoke training course for prospective Norfolk County Council farm tenants.
Designed to provide practical, hands-on, information and advice to help in their business planning and application process, the course has resulted in the appointment of three new tenants, out of the group of four who attended.
Joe, who has no background in farming, has spent the past two years managing a small flock of sheep. He will be developing his flock, growing cereal crops and hopes to enter an environmental scheme to provide cover for birds on the Ashcroft Farm in West Norfolk.
“ARC’s training was really useful,” said Joe. “I learnt so much about managing finance and staff and the one to one advice they provided has helped me to look at my future business from a range of different angles.”
Emma Powlett, Chair of ARC said, “ARC has some of the most talented and experienced rural consultants in the country and we’re delighted to have played a part in helping Joe to drive forward his career in agriculture.
“Young people are the future of farming. They bring energy, fresh insight and innovation. I’m sure Joe will help inspire other young people to develop exciting careers in the sector.”
Emma Powlett has been appointed the new Chair of Anglia Rural Consultants (ARC). With more than 20 years’ experience developing and influencing rural policy at a national and local level, she is the founder of rural management consultancy Powlett and Associates Ltd.
Emma said: “I’m delighted to take over as Chair of ARC and proud to be leading a group of talented, independent consultants, who are amongst the most skilled rural specialists in the UK.
“These are really tough times in the farming industry, but challenges bring opportunities. It is these opportunities which we are keen to grasp, providing the expert advice and support farming and rural businesses need to thrive.”
“Our vision for ARC is for the membership to work together and be recognised as a leading force; one that helps rural businesses face future challenges and drives forward success.”
ARC has developed a range of activities, including conferences and specialist training, with consultants working individually and collectively, to help organisations grow. It is also a strong advocate for farming and rural businesses in the media, addressing important issues which affect the development of the sector.
Emma takes over the role from Richard Rampton, the founder of ARC, which he established in 2016.
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If the UK leaves the EU on 12 April 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect you if you:
How organisations receiving European Social Fund (ESF) grants would be affected if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.
Richard Rampton, member of Anglia Rural Consultants and founder of Rural Advice has criticised the Countryside Productivity Scheme grant calling the mismanagement ‘appalling and inept.’
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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.
Thursday Dec. 6th 2018
9.30 am – 1 pm followed by networking lunch
National Farmers’ Union East Anglia, Willie Snaith Road, Newmarket, CB8 7SN
9.30 am – 10 am
Oliver McEntyre, National Agricultural Strategy Director, Barclays Bank plc
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
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 –
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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. https://angliaruralconsultants.com/finance-and-grants/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Improving Farm Productivity
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
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
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
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.
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.