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“Application deadline should be extended due to poor timing of announcement”

Posted: July 11, 2019 by Karen Kipling
Robert Sullivan Responds to New Technology Funding Announcement from Defra “At first glance, the application process is relatively straight forward however we found that the estimated 15 minute time-frame didn’t account for the level of time needed to accurately assess the specifications of the equipment being purchased and compile all the necessary information to complete ... Continue Reading

Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme

Posted: July 9, 2019 by Karen Kipling
The Government have today announced the next funding round for the Countryside Productivity Small Grants Scheme. The second round of funding, making £15 million available, has added 26 new items of equipment that use technology to aid productivity. Farmers and rural businesses have eight weeks to apply for grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to ... Continue Reading

Listed Building Renovations: Cautionary Tales

Posted: June 25, 2019 by Karen Kipling
As many owners of listed properties are aware, the designation comes with additional planning obligations and requirements when it comes to undertaking works to the building. These conditions are designed to protect the building’s special architectural and historic interest for future generations. The three different list grades exist to distinguish the level of interest of ... Continue Reading

Fixing prices could help beat cereal price volatility

Posted: June 21, 2019 by Karen Kipling
  Cereal prices are fluctuating daily, it appears volatility is an ongoing theme in the marketplace. In large part, this is due to problems with crop establishment in the United States. Cereal and maize drilling is well behind schedule, giving rise to a lift in wheat price of £5 – £10/t over the last 2 ... Continue Reading

Championing graduates helps GSC Grays secure long-term skills for the North East

Posted: June 18, 2019 by Karen Kipling
With just over half of graduates in the North East leaving the area, retaining and nurturing talent remains a challenge for the region. For rural services business, GSC Grays, investing in their graduate scheme has resulted in a 93% retention of graduate employees with three graduate employees recently passing their Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors ... Continue Reading


Posted: June 7, 2019 by Karen Kipling
When you sell your property, it’s vital that you find the estate agent that is best suited to you and your home. Firstly, select a shortlist of estate agents… When it comes to choosing the best estate agent for your circumstances, it helps if you can shortlist your options down to two. If you use ... Continue Reading

Landlord Legislative Updates

Posted: June 3, 2019 by Karen Kipling
There have been a lot of changes to Private Rented Sector legislation over the last year, with more to come in the next 12 months. There are currently six main areas of change, namely: Homes (Fitness) for Human Habitation Act, Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, Septic Tank Compliance, Tenant Fee Act, Electrical Safety and Section 21 ... Continue Reading

The Revocation of General Licences

Posted: April 25, 2019 by Karen Kipling
Protecting the birds that destroy the protected? The temporary revocation of General Licences (GL 04/05/06) by Natural England takes effect from today, Thursday 25 April, causing short term chaos and confusion. The withdrawal could not have come at a more damaging time of year. Many wild birds, including a large number of red-listed endangered species ... Continue Reading

Proposed Abolition of Section 21

Posted: April 24, 2019 by Karen Kipling
Section 21 Abolition – Problem solver or problem creator? Assured Shorthold Tenancies were created in 1988 to address the lack of available houses to rent, due in part to statutory protection that made it virtually impossible to regain possession unless a tenant chose to leave. As a result, people became less and less willing to ... Continue Reading