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New – refinance of farm equipment and machinery

Refinance is essentially a means to free up the cash value from assets already owned within your business, injecting much needed capital for use in other areas.   Releasing equity from your existing unencumbered tractors, combines, vehicles, machinery, and potentially even milking and dairy equipment can release funds for a building project, to pay bills, or […]

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Finance For Wind Turbines

Being a market leader in the arrangement of farm finance for some time, it is only to be expected that we should recognise the trends and be arranging finance for wind turbines. Many of our customers, in the rural community, are seeking to diversify into new areas for extra income and an investment in a […]

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Rural neighbourhood planning study

Consultancy Parsons Brinckerhoff has been commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government to carry out a study of neighbourhood planning in rural areas. This exercise will “document the experiences and challenges encountered by neighbourhood planning ‘front runner’ projects in rural areas”. Planning Minister Nick Boles said that at least 169 neighbourhood planning areas […]

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Farm and Country Finance Customers Win Business Award

Our highly regarded customers and Yorkshire couple, Dave & Kerry Woodhead who own Pinewood Holiday Park in Scarborough are celebrating after winning a business award from Dragon’s Den Theo Paphitis. Dave and Kerry travelled down to Birmingham to meet up with other winners for a networking event.  This was followed by a talk from Theo and […]

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Farming News – January 2012

Despite recent gales and torrential rain and the country looking and feeling like a sponge, believe it or not, parts of England remain in underlying drought. Times look somewhat better for our beef and sheep producers in 2012. The drought in South America has impacted on markets for maize (and hence wheat), soya and hence […]

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Land banking scams on the increase

Land banking is where an area of land is acquired, by alleged ‘developers’, which is then sub-divided into smaller plots . These are then sold, often under the false pretext that planning consent for development will be granted. Needless to say, prices are grossly inflated above true values. I am pleased to say that we have not had many enquiries for […]

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Farm bridging finance – warning!

We have been receiving a number of enquiries about farm bridging finance. Some of these have come from farmers who are sitting tenants, wanting to buy their farm from a landlord. For example, the Duchy of Lancaster has been selling off a lot of land in 2011. Often there is a huge gain to be […]

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Renewable energy news – some good some bad!

Not surprisingly, we are getting a number of enquiries for finance for renewable energy projects. Whilst we get some enquiries for finance for anaerobic digestion plants (where the investment is higher) most enquiries are for finance for wind turbines or finance for solar panels. A recent  announcement by the Department for Energy and Climate Change […]

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Farmland flying high

According to the most recent Land Market Survey by the Royal Institue of Chartered Surveyors, farmland prices reached an all time high in the first half of 2011 with an estimated average price of a shade over £6,000 per acre. Demand is far outsripping supply – 50% of respondents to the survey reported increases in […]

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