Barbers Rural News

  • Successful Succession

    9th MarchPosted by Louise Taylor

    Louise Taylor writes in the March/April edition of the RICS Land Journal on using a mediation approach to facilitating successful succession planning for farming families.

  • Long term finance has never been cheaper!

    6th MarchPosted by Mike Taylor

    Mike Taylor gives opinion on long term finance for farmers

    For the last 12 years since the previous recession economists have been forecasting rising interest rates whilst in reality the rates have stayed much the same or gone further down. This week we have seen some of the lowest long-term rates in living memory with the cost of fixed funds for 25 years offered by the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC) at 0.60%, that is 0.15% below current Bank Base rate which in it...

  • Barbers Rural - Coronavirus COVID 19 Guidance

    5th MarchPosted by Louise Taylor

    We take the health and wellbeing of our clients and staff very seriously and to this end we have produced a guidance note on the current situation regarding Coronavirus COVID-19.

    You can download it here.

  • Receptionist Required! Great opportunity for right candidate.

    5th MarchPosted by Louise Taylor

    We are currently looking for a part-time receptionist to support our dynamic team of Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents.

    Suitable candidates will be well-presented, have excellent communication and teamworking skills, provide excellent customer service, have efficient and effective adminstration skills and have a proactive approach to work.

    For more information download the Job Description attached to this post or ring Louise Taylor on 01630 692500.

    To apply complete...

  • Changes in the wind for farming

    21st JunePosted by Harriet

    A consultation is currently underway into proposed changes to farm tenancy Law by DEFRA. Research into availability of farm land and who is farming it suggests that too many people are holding on to land that could be better, and more efficiently, farmed by others. Two of the reasons given for this are the attractiveness of claiming farm subsidies in the form of Basic Payment and the constraining effect of old-style farm tenancies under the Agricultural Holdings act 1986. Farmers view the...

  • New Partners at Barbers Rural

    16th MayPosted by Louise Taylor

    We are all delighted to announce that Dan Bowden and Annabel Fearnall have been appointed as Partners of Barbers Rural. Both Dan and Annabel have worked alongside Senior Partner, Mike Taylor, for over 15 years and their appointment as Partners in the business is part of a continued business development plan for our successful firm of Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents.

    Shropshire born and bred Annabel heads up the Estate Agency section of Barbers Rural and is extremely experienced...

  • Farming Talk with Louise Taylor

    6th FebruaryPosted by Louise Taylor

    Industry Must Embrace More Techniques To Cut Emissions 

    We’ve now seen the end of January and although I had hoped that 2019 might embrace a rather more leisurely pace, it seems intent on forging ahead at the break-neck speed with which 2018 departed.  The news, however, has changed little in the last few weeks with a daily focus on Brexit and the huge challenges faced by Government. My attention turns to Michael Grove’s Clean Air Strategy due to be published in the next couple of...

  • Ammonia and Change Management

    1st FebruaryPosted by Louise Taylor

    Clean air will come at a cost

    It is nearly the end of January and although I had hoped that 2019 might embrace a rather more leisurely pace, it seems intent on forging ahead at the break-neck speed with which 2018 departed.  The news, however, has changed little in the last few weeks (and months), with a daily focus on Brexit and the huge challenges faced by Government. Whilst it might seem that the whole of Westminster is singularly fixated on this one, albeit extremely important,...

  • Change is not coming, it is here

    23rd NovemberPosted by Louise Taylor

    Following the Agriculture Bill, we now have an idea of what post-Brexit farming policy and payments might look like.  Basic Payment Scheme payments are likely to be phased out between 2021 and 2027 theoretically giving farmers a window in which to review their business and develop sustainable future plans.  But what does this actually mean?  Farming is a cyclical business by nature and farmers are used to amending their farming practices to cope with outside influences beyond their control...

  • Moving forward with succession

    4th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

    Families can be complicated. Not always, but often and particularly where there is a family business involved. In such cases it is not unusual for the bulk of the family wealth to be generated by the family business, say widget production, and often families are able to draw down profit from the business to invest elsewhere. The offspring that want to make widgets do so, those that don’t are allocated other assets.  BINGO! Both succession and inheritance issues sorted. Easy.

    Then...

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