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First steps into a new future

Talking with farmers in Hertfordshire and the surrounding counties and at Cereals last week, their overriding opinion was to vote out. The votes have been counted and wishes are unfolding. It was predicted that the result would be close, however maybe by a more significant majority than expected, the UK has made its decision and […]

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Posted in: EU regulations

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Banking – serviceability remains the key

Matt Long, Relationship Manager at Clydesdale Bank, Bury St Edmunds discusses banking and why serviceability remains the key in June’s guest blog. The ever changing world of farming continues to challenge and drive farming businesses, their professional service providers, and affiliated businesses to act at pace, with an eye on the future, and most importantly […]

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Posted in: Financing

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HMRC lose in relation to input VAT for Single Farm Payment Entitlement (SFPE)

HMRC have recently lost an important case concerning whether a farmer could reclaim input tax incurred on the purchase of units of Single Farm Payment Entitlement (SFPE). The SFPE units are tradable and the business claimed a VAT repayment. HMRC argued that the SFPE units were not services used or to be used for the […]

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Posted in: HMRC

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Tomorrow’s Food

Tomorrow’s Food is an interesting television programme on BBC 1. It is giving us an insight into how we are going to feed a growing world population and it is not from farming as we currently know it. If you have not seen the first 2 programmes in this three part series I would recommend […]

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Posted in: Farming, Food

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Family farming businesses – happily ever Archer?

Accountants and solicitors have for a long time trumpeted the importance of business agreements which govern how the owners interact with each other. Ensuring that they have been professionally drafted was brought into focus on the Archers this week. Any one who has been following the Radio 4 soap opera of farming folk will have […]

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Posted in: Business planning, Family Business, Farmers, Rural business

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Entrepreneurs relief – it is all in the timing

A husband and wife farming in partnership had been considering retiring for a number of years. The increase in farm land values in the years up to 2012 made retiring a reality. With proceeds of sale being close to £4.0m, the tax position was fundamental to the decision making process. Exploring the options Through previous […]

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Posted in: Business planning, Entrepeneurs Relief, Farmers

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