Herefordshire Council “Revive and Thrive” business support grants

Grants are now available to help businesses start-up and move into new premises

Businesses that are looking to take a first-step into retail or move into commercial premises in Herefordshire for the first time can now get grant funding support.

Start-up businesses wishing to try retail with either a pop-up type arrangement or taking on a retail premises can now apply for a grant of £500 – £2,500 towards rent, marketing and small equipment purchases.

Existing businesses wishing to take on retail or commercial premises for the first time can now apply for a grant of £2,500 – £10,000 towards rent, alterations/making good premises and purchasing equipment.

The ‘revive and thrive’ business support grants are being funded from the Government’s Covid-19 outbreak management funds grant as part of Herefordshire Council’s Covid-19 recovery plan, supporting economic recovery and improving wellbeing in Herefordshire.

Businesses wanting to find out more about the grants available can find out more here, or request an Expression of Interest from email: reviveandthrive@herefordshire.gov.uk

FARMBENCH – free benchmarking for your 2021 harvest

IT’S FREE AND FRIENDLY HELP from DJM Consulting to get you set up on the FREE Farmbench programme!*

WHAT IS IT?

Free, easy to use, online tool by AHDB to help you to interpret your enterprise data:

  • Help identify business strengths and weaknesses
  • Anonymously compare data with other similar farm businesses

Group reports and feedback/discussion breakfast groups hosted by DJMC

HOW WILL IT HELP YOUR BUSINESS?

Make evidence-based informed decisions to:

  • Improve business performance and profitability
  • Measure – change – analyse
  • Protect your business against market volatility

Create a plan to future proof your business

The service predominantly covering the five counties of the West Midlands has a limited budget for the 2021 harvest year– so register now to secure your place!

For further information, and to REGISTER please contact:-

Helen Newbrook at DJM Consulting   01746 714089    helen@theruralbusiness.co.uk

*To be eligible you must grow at least 1ha of a combinable crop in 2021 and must not have entered or submitted for validation, data for harvest 2020

                   

Farming in Protected Landscapes – Wye Valley AONB

The team at the Wye Valley AONB would like to share information about the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme, which is now open for applications.

Applications can be from farmers and landowner on land in, adjacent to or directly benefitting the landscape of the AONB.  A map of the AONB can be found HERE

The 4 main programme themes are Climate, Nature, People and Place

More detail including application guidance notes can be found at HERE

A short video introduction to the programme can also be seen HERE

If you would like to discuss project ideas or make an application, please contact Nick Critchley, Wye Valley AONB Development Officer, at development@wyevalleyaonb.org.uk or on 07904 017982.

Are you worried about the future of your farm?

Do you need help with the upcoming agricultural policy changes?

Herefordshire Rural Hub is here to help you …

Herefordshire Rural Hub is delighted to be the delivery partner for two of Defra’s new Farm Resilience programmes. 

Defra is providing up to £9 million funding to organisations who will, in turn, support up to 9,000 farmers and land managers.

Resilience support will help individual farmers and land managers to learn more about

  • The impact of reductions to direct payments on their business
  • How their business models might need to adapt
  • Business planning
  • Performance recording
  • Succession planning

The support will be offered free of charge to farmers and land managers by organisations known and trusted in the farming community.
It will be delivered in the form of workshops supported by experts and through direct, one-to-one advice.

Any tenant or owner-occupied farm currently in receipt of BPS in England is eligible to join. 

The programme was launched on 18 August 2021 and will run until 28 February 2022. 

If you would like to know more and require help with choosing the right programme for you, please contact Sarah Starkey on farming2020@herefordshireruralhub.co.uk or call 07974 438517

The Prince’s Countryside Fund Programme

Need help with the upcoming agricultural policy changes? 

Sign up for the “Farm for the Future” programme today!

We are delivering “Farm for the Future” programme, with The Prince’s Countryside Fund, to help you to better understand how the Agricultural Transition Plan will affect the future of your business.

The programme will provide business support to help you manage the upcoming changes and make informed decisions about the future of your farm. It will also explore opportunities with the ELM schemes that could financially and practically benefit your farm business.

The programme consists of two workshops and one-to-one support.

To find out more, visit: www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/farmforthefuture    

Ricardo’s Programme

Are you worried about the future of your farm? 

  • One-to-one farm resilience reviews.  A specialist business adviser from Andersons will support you in identifying the potential risks and opportunities for your business.
  • Resilience planning webinars.  These webinars will provide background to the Agricultural Transition Plan (ATP).
  • An online skills training portal.  Subjects will include budgeting, utilising environmental features, planning for family changes, and getting accounts and paperwork in order.

Places are limited, so registration is essential. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that everyone who registers for the one-to-one elements of the programme will be offered a place.

How you can get involved in Ricardo’s programme

To register your interest, please visit http://futurefarming.eventbrite.com

If you require help with the registration or have any questions, please contact Ricardo’s Future Farming Resilience Fund project team: 01235 753530 or email FFRF@ricardo.com

 

 

 

 

Changes to “Right-to-work” checks for EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens, from 1st July

From 1 July, the process for completing right-to-work checks on EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens will change. The following is some guidance for employers:

You will no longer be able to accept EU passports or ID cards as valid proof of right-to-work, with the exception of Irish citizens. To carry out an online right to work check, you will need the applicant’s date of birth and their share code, which they will have obtained online. You can then complete the check online by visiting GOV.UK.

You do not need to retrospectively check the status of any EU, EEA, or Swiss citizens you employed before 1 July 2021.

You should carry out a right-to-work check for every individual you employ. You can face a civil penalty of up to £20,000 for each illegally employed worker who does not have the right to work in the UK and where correct checks were not undertaken.

A collection of guidance and communication materials for employers can be found on GOV.UK.

Defra – “Farming in Protected Landscapes” funding – open for applications from July

Farming in Protected Landscapes

Farming in Protected Landscapes is a programme of funding for one-off projects. It will support farmers and land managers to carry out projects that:

  • support nature recovery
  • mitigate the impacts of climate change
  • provide opportunities for people to discover, enjoy and understand the landscape and its cultural heritage
  • support nature-friendly, sustainable farm businesses

Who is eligible

It’s open to all farmers and land managers within an Area Of Natural Beauty or National Parks in England, or the Norfolk Broads. It could also support activity on other land, where a project will benefit a protected landscape or its body’s objectives or partnership initiatives.

Dates

The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme will be open for applications from July 2021. From 24 June, you find out more about Farming in Protected Landscapes on GOV.UK. 

Are you a CLA or NFU member who farms in the River Wye catchment?

Are you a CLA or NFU member who farms in the River Wye catchment in Herefordshire?  

Are you affected by the planning moratorium? 

Can you help us demonstrate how landowners & farmers are working to improve water quality in the River Wye?

Can you spare 10 minutes to complete the NFU/CLA quick questionnaire?

The Rivers Wye and Lugg SAC (Special Area of Conservation) have to meet statutory water quality targets.  The River Lugg currently fails its targets, and the River Wye is at risk of failing. The agriculture sector has therefore been asked to reduce its phosphate contribution to the river or potentially face additional regulation.

Many farmers and landowners in the area have embraced initiatives such as Farm Herefordshire and have tried new techniques to reduce phosphate loss e.g. cover cropping.  The NFU and CLA would like to understand more about how you farm and what you have done to manage phosphate and diffuse pollution risk. If we can’t demonstrate the agricultural sector’s commitment to improving water quality, then there is a risk of greater regulatory controls through designation as a Water Protection Zone.

The results of this survey, developed in partnership between the NFU and CLA, will help us to represent your businesses at Wye Nutrient Management Board and demonstrate the commitment to playing our part in improving water quality in the River Wye.

You can find the questionnaire HERE

If you would like to discuss the issues further, share your views or become more involved with the helping to deliver the nutrient management plan then contact:

Sarah Faulkner, NFU West Midlands,    07817 726 190    sarah.faulkner@nfu.org.uk

Helen Dale, CLA Midlands,      07811 199 657     helen.dale@cla.org.uk 

         

English Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) open for applications

With £15.9 million available in its first year, this new flagship grant scheme supports the creation of a range of woodland types and sizes, while providing greater financial incentives for landowners and farmers to plant and manage trees.

EWCO provides greater flexibility and recognition of the benefits woodland can provide for people and wildlife by offering additional incentives to ensure the right tree is planted in the right place for the right reason.

The grant will cover standard capital costs for tree planting (up to a per hectare cap of £8,500) and annual maintenance payments of £200 per hectare for 10 years, as well as rewarding farmers and landowners for providing public and wider environmental benefits.

Full details and guidance at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/england-woodland-creation-offer

Additional Contributions (which can be combined) will be available for:

  • nature and species recovery – between £1,100/ha and £2,800/ha available where woodland creation will help woodland-dependent priority species to recover..
  • tree planting near watercourses and rivers (riparian buffers) – £1,600/ha available where the creation of native broadleaved woodland along water courses will improve river habitats.
  • reduced flood risk – £500/ha available where woodland creation can help reduce the risk of flooding.
  • improved public access – £2,200/ha available where woodland creation will provide long-term permissive access for the public to enjoy.
  • close to settlements – £500/ha available where woodland creation will provide social and environmental benefits by being close to people.
  • improved water quality – £400/ha available for woodlands that clean our water by reducing pollutants through land use change by intercepting pollution and sediment before it reaches watercourses.