How we’re providing BPS support during Covid-19

Posted: March 25, 2020 by Karen Kipling
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The Basic Payment Scheme phase is now in full flow and during this nine week window our Farm Business team has put in place measures to help clients complete this important process. With the BPS remaining a crucial income stream for UK farmers there may, understandably, be extra concern around farm business support to complete this year’s applications.

Basic Payment Scheme Claims

BPS claims vary in size which means the number of times we need to consult with clients and the length of those appointments can vary from very brief to meetings over several days for more complex claims.

Over the course of the next several weeks 20 members of the GSC Grays’ Farm Business Team will be covering 143,000 acres of land, supported by six further members of staff. We’ll be carrying out claims for clients via telephone and video conferencing for a wide range of farmers across Yorkshire and the North East.

With a narrow window, plus the extra restrictions in place due to Covid-19 we don’t want any farm business to feel overwhelmed. Be assured that we can guide you through the whole process, keeping risk to a minimum.

How to get BPS support from GSC Grays

Our farm business consultants, whilst working remotely, can cover a wide geographic area – from the Scottish Borders, to the East Ridings of Yorkshire to the hills of Cumbria. To access support in a way that works for you, contact our regional offices:

Alnwick: 01665 568 310

Easingwold: 01347 837100  

Chester-le-Street: 0191 303 9540 

Colburn: 01748 897630

The deadline for submissions to the Rural Payments Agency is the 15th May, and our recommendation is to complete the process as soon as feasible in the present conditions.

Robert Sullivan

Director

MBPR P.Agric

Email: rjs@gscgrays.co.uk

Tel: 0191 3039541

Ali Gray

Rural Director

FAAV

Email: ajg@gscgrays.co.uk

Tel: 01665 568 311

Greg Ricketts

Rural Director

Email: gpr@gscgrays.co.uk

Tel: 01748 897628

James Severn

Rural Director

Email: jrs@gscgrays.co.uk

Tel: 01347 837100