Piecing Together the Funding Jigsaw!

Posted: July 21, 2017 by Karen Kipling
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Ali, who has joined GSC Grays as a Rural Director, is well known across Northumberland and the North East and will be heading up the new GSC Grays office on Cawledge Business Park in Alnwick.  He is an experienced Farm Business Consultant, who has lived and worked in Northumberland for 14 years and having grown up living and working on a family farm, Ali’s focus is very much on Farm Business services.

Ali has experience of working with a number of progressive farming clients throughout Northumberland and Durham, dealing with a range of activities from running farms in a Farm Management capacity, through to dealing with Subsidy and Environmental Scheme applications.

Ali commented  ”At a time when farmers are facing significant challenges and changes, joining GSC Grays in this new role will allow me to  focus on what I do best and help steer our industry through Brexit. Opening the new office in Alnwick is an additional challenge, but one I am enthusiastic about making successful”.

Ali, pictured here on the left with Director Robert Sullivan, can advise on all aspects of farm business financial management, budgeting, financial monitoring, Whole Farm Appraisals and an assortment of farming arrangements.

Ali also specialises in Rural Development Grant Applications, helping clients research, plan, secure consents, finance and set up new diversified enterprises. While alternative enterprises tend to be associated with grant funding, Ali is also exposing ways to unlock grants that support core farming investments such as new technologies geared towards saving inputs or improving animal health & welfare and making farm businesses more sustainable.

Ali will be working closely with Robert Sullivan, who will be heading up the new Farm Business team based at the GSC Grays offices in Chester-le-Street.

Ali  is also joined by Ben Rogerson and Sarah Fenwick, both of whom have previously worked with Ali for a number of years. Ben is a Farm Business Consultant and brings specialist agronomy skills to the team, as a qualified BASIS advisor. Sarah will provide general support to the wider Farm Business Team and will also be providing farm secretarial services.

Guy Coggrave, Managing Director of GSC Grays commented “The opening of the Alnwick and Chester-le-Street offices is an exciting development for our business and enables us to service our increasing client base in north Durham and Northumberland, and provides a great platform for further growth.

Given the current economic uncertainty for many in the wider countryside due to Brexit and the associated economic climate, the opening of the Farm Business department couldn’t have come at a more apt time, when many farmers and landowners will be having to look differently and in detail at their business performance and structures.  Ali and Robert are ideally placed to work alongside landowners and farmers across the region to ensure they and their assets are delivering the best returns possible and I am delighted to have both them and their team onboard, at the start of what is an exciting new chapter for GSC Grays.”

For more information on the services available through the new Farm Business team or to get in touch with Ali or Ben, click here.

Ali Gray

Rural Director

FAAV

Email: ajg@gscgrays.co.uk

Tel: 01665 568 311

Ben Rogerson

Farm Business Consultant

MBPR

Email: bgr@gscgrays.co.uk

Tel: 01665 568311