Lots going on at the Rural Business Advice Day

We hope you will find something here of interest to you, or something that you need more help or advice on:-

Free advice and support for farming and rural businesses at the

Herefordshire Rural Business Advice Day

next Wednesday, 22nd November, 12noon to 7.00pm

at the Three Counties Hotel, Belmont Road, Hereford HR2 7BP.

This event is FREE, so come along, and bring anyone else who you think might be interested.

NRoSO & BASIS points available


Do you need advice on Business Management, Succession Planning?

Do you farm within a river catchment area? – come along and find out if you could be eligible for some free advice or grant funding.

Are you thinking of Diversifying or Starting up a new business?

Where can you get funding from??  Grants, the Bank, Peer-to-Peer lenders?  Or maybe you are in a position to invest and lend your money to someone else?

Find out the latest information on the Basic Payment Scheme.  

All this and more from the West Mercia Police stand – Stop that Thief – A locally delivered crime reduction initiative for the farming community.  We don’t Buy Crime – A force wide crime reduction initiative for residential communities.  Be Cyber Smart – Are you aware of the online threats to your personal information and your money??….Ask about some simple steps to stay safe online. Safer Roads Partnership  – Talk to Ian Connolly about any road related matters Property Protection – Security marked and/or protected property is less likely to be stolen…..ask about some simple methods. DISC – ask about the new app for reducing crime in local business communities.

Do you need Fire safety advice?

Are you thinking of investing in Renewable Energy? – find out what options are available for your home, business and local community.

Are you looking for a Computer program (Financial, Cattle, Sheep or Cropping)  for your farm business? 

Do you have Financial or Accounting questions?  Legal questions?  Taxation questions?

Do you need Estate management advice or help with submitting a Planning Application?

Do you, or does someone you know, need support from a Farming Charity?

Are you involved in Herefordshire Tourism?  Find out about what support is available to small businesses, and get tips on how to promote yours.

Find out more about maintaining natural wildlife habitats on your farm, and other options for the Stewardship Schemes, Greening and Ecological Focus areas.

Speak to the Farm Herefordshire team about how you can preserve, and make the most of, one of farming’s greatest assets – its soil !

Find out what certificated legislative and other short courses are available in the county, e.g. Chainsaw courses, First Aid at Work, Sprayer courses, Telescopic handler courses, Rodent Control courses

Advice on Recruitment, Training, Apprenticeships

Ladies – are you running a rural business?  Find out what the Herefordshire Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE) groups can offer you.

Free Computer & Internet Training

Do you own some woodland? – find out what your options are for managing or restoring that woodland, and what grants are available to you.

Drop-in clinicsfirst-come, first-served – no need to book

Bring along your own NVZ records for checking.
If you are new to NVZs or unsure of what to bring along, then contact Frances to find out more – email: admin@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk

Earn your NRoSO points by checking if your Pesticide Handling Area, and Field Practice is up to standard.
Go through a simple survey with an advisor and get follow-up advice and recommendations (if necessary) on the day.

Do you have some niggling/annoying Computing questions/problems?
Frances Davison (Business Angel) is having a Drop-in Advice clinic for your queries.

FREE One-to-One Advice Sessions on the following topics:-

You can email Frances at: bookings@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk
to book your slot in advance for these free 1-to-1 advice sessions.
It’s first come first served on the day. 

Preserve your wealth for future generations  (with Thorne Widgery)Find out how to keep assets in the family protected against key threats such as:- Inheritance Tax; Children’s Divorce;  Bankruptcy;  Wealth being lost following death and remarriage. Also find out more about Lasting Powers of Attorney and why everyone should consider them.

Why use Cloud Accounting software?  (with Thorne Widgery)
Find out how your business could benefit from using a Cloud (Online) Accounting package and be ready for Making Tax Digital – it’s coming!!  Have a look at the Xero Accounting package and discuss how it would be of benefit to your finance management. 

How you need to prepare for the new data protection rules (GDPR) (with Harrison Clark Rickerbys) – from 2.30pm Answering your questions on the new data protection rules.

Presentations No need to book

12.45pm  “Brexit: where we are, what it means, and what we can do.”
Some implications of Brexit, what they may mean for farming & what NFU is doing for the best outcome.

1.45pm   “What will the new Data Protection rules mean for you?”
Overview of changes coming next May & a 12-step action plan to get your business compliant.

2.45pm   “Talking Grazing”  
Planned rotational grazing and mob grazing systems for livestock.  Practicalities and economics of out-wintering livestock without hay, on even the most challenging soil types. 

3.45pm   “Managing your Woodland – Opportunity or Liability?”
Some practical tips and advice for farmers and woodland owners.

4.45pm   “Aiming for a Fiesta or a Ferrari?”
Exciting seminar on how to approach diversification planning, with a clear, easy 4-step plan.   

5.45pm “Changes to Red Tractor Assurance Schemes for Crops, Beef & Lamb”
The changes;  Why have they been bought in;  What YOU need to do.   

 Click here for more details and full list of all the organisations attending


Free advice and support for farmers and rural businesses

In one place and on one day.

Wednesday 22nd November, 12noon till 7pm.

at the Three Counties Hotel, Belmont Road, Hereford, HR2 7BP

Click HERE for full details.

Over 40 organisations will be offering free advice on many aspects of farming and rural business, including cross compliance, wildlife and environment, stewardship schemes, financial and legal matters, renewable energy, fire safety, funding opportunities, training, broadband, and much more.

There are “drop in clinics” to check your own NVZ records, and pesticide practices, plus “1-to-1 Advice Sessions” and some exciting presentations.

New to the RBA Day this year is Hannah Moule (Moule & Co and The Business Barn) giving the presentation “Aiming for a Fiesta or a Ferrari?” an exciting seminar focussing how you approach diversification planning, with an easy, clear 4-step plan. 

Tom Keen, the National Farmers Union EU Exit & International Trade Advisor, will be talking about some implications of Brexit and what they may mean for farmers.

Many regular RBA Day stand holders will be there, including West Mercia Police – so come along and find out more about “Stop That Thief”, being Cyber Smart, Property Protection by security marking, and road related matters e.g. Mud on the road.  Maybe you have some questions for the Rural Payments Agency, or Red Tractor Assurance – come along and get them answered.

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Countryside Productivity Large Grants

The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has announced the opening of a £40 million grants scheme for investment in farming technology and equipment.

On 29 July, Lord Gardiner announced a £200 million package of RDPE funding to support growth of rural businesses.

This included a package of £120m under Countryside Productivity for capital grants to increase farmers’ productivity and help them prepare for future challenges.  Half of this was for large capital grants and half for small capital grants.

The first two large grants, Improving Forestry Productivity and Water Resource Management were made available from Monday 31 July. The two remaining CP large grants are being launched and full details published on gov.uk on Monday 30 October. The Countryside Productivity landing page is being updated to include links to the applicant handbooks, application forms and applicant guidance for the two new grants that are: 

·         Adding value to Agri-food products grants to fund projects that improve the processing of primary agricultural products (i.e. Annex I products), benefiting the Agri-food supply chain which will in turn improve farm productivity.

·         Improving Farm Productivity – grants to fund projects that improve farm productivity through the use of robotic equipment and systems to aid crop and livestock production; increasing the use of renewable energy produced on farm; the use of LED wavelength controlled lighting to aid crop production; more efficient use of livestock slurries and manures, and digestate.

Each theme or type of grant has its own handbook which includes: 

·         Details of the Countryside Productivity scheme – sets out how the national scheme context, how we manage the grants and deadlines;

·         Details of the grants – contains details on who can apply, what the grants are for, how much they are and examples of projects;

·         Who can apply – explains what type and size of business can apply for the grants and who can’t apply;

·         Preparing an application – sets out the priorities for funding, how we access applications and what we look for;

·         Funding and costs – explains how much funding is available, how applicants pay for the project, what the eligible costs are and what isn’t eligible; and

·         How to apply – provides an overview of the application forms, what we need to see, how to submit an application and what happens after an application is submitted.

The handbook for each type of grant is available as a pdf document, on a single web page and holds all the information applicants will need.

After reading the information, if you have any queries you can contact us by the following ways:

Contacting the RPA helpline on 03000 200301 (choose the Rural Development option) 

or email CPEnquiries@rpa.gsi.gov.uk

Rural Business Advice Day – Gold Sponsor

It’s all happening on 22nd November at the Three Counties Hotel, Belmont Road, Hereford, 12noon till 7pm.

Herefordshire Council, our RBA Day GOLD sponsor, will be there, so come and chat to their representatives from the Marches Growth Hub, Leader Funding & Project Development, Fastershire,  Animal Health & Trading Standards.

Lots of other businesses and organisations will be there too, offering help and advice to farming and rural businesses – there are presentations, drop-in advice clinics etc – and it is all FREE.  Click here for full details.

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Herefordshire Rural Hub appoints new Chair

We are pleased to announce that the Herefordshire Rural Hub has appointed Liz Lloyd as its new Chair.

Liz said: “I am delighted to be part of Herefordshire Rural Hub and I am looking forward to helping it fulfil its important purpose. The success of our farming and rural businesses is vital to the success of the county as a whole, and I have long admired the Hub’s ability to draw people together in support of this common aim.”

Christine Hope, outgoing Chair and owner and manager of Hope’s of Longtown, said: “Liz brings valuable skills and experience to the Hub and I echo the thoughts of everyone here when I say we are thrilled she has agreed to take on the role of Chair.”

Liz was born and grew up on the family farm in the Golden Valley in Herefordshire, where the family still farms and where, as part of a farm diversification plan, they have developed a group of barns into luxury holiday accommodation. Liz moved back to the county 15 years ago. Her career has included roles as operations manager for PGL Adventure Ltd and business development director for the Youth Hostels Association. She is a field officer for Four Acre Trust, a charity founded by her partner that supports charities that give individuals – mainly children and young people – help in making the most of their lives.

Liz and Christine will work alongside each other until the end of the year, when Liz will take over the role of Chair full time.

Herefordshire Rural Hub’s Mentor Programme – Volunteer help needed.

Herefordshire Rural Hub’s “Achieving the 2020 vision for Herefordshire Farming businesses” is up and running and we have now have our full quota of family farming businesses on board.  The project’s aim is to work with these businesses over a 3 year period to help them achieve long term viability.  Mentoring will be a key part of the support to be given and the Rural Hub is now recruiting volunteer mentors.

We are looking for people who can give a small amount of their time to help us with this exciting project and make a difference.

An introductory session is being held on Monday, 16th October, 6.30pm at the Cart Shed, Devereux Wootton, Norton Canon, HR4 8QN.  

If you have the ability to provide a listening ear, support and reassurance, and a sounding board for ideas, please come along on the 16th and hear more about the programme and the support and training that you will be given.

Contact: Cathy Meredith email:  hub@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk

or tel: 07970 181628 to register your interest or for further details.

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