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A GSC Grays Service
Our dedicated Farm Business Consultancy Team combines in-depth local knowledge with nationally renowned technical and business management expertise.
Here for Farmers & Landowners
Working with you today to secure your tomorrow
In a rapidly changing industry, farmers and landowners are looking for opportunities to strengthen their performance and secure a viable future for their business. GSC Grays consultants have a genuine understanding of the challenges facing the industry, and are equipped with the skills to help farm businesses move forward and thrive in a ‘post-Brexit’ Britain.
We will take the time to get to know your business and your aspirations for the future, so that our advice is always grounded in a thorough understanding of your farm. Whatever your objective, whether you want to invest in new infrastructure, launch a diversification project or manage a succession, we can help you to achieve it.
We provide advice on Farm Business reviews, agronomy, farm management, contract and share farming agreements, BPS, environmental schemes, grants, diversification, business restructuring, as well as farm sales, acquisitions and lettings.
Effective & comprehensive farm management service
GSC Grays provide an effective and comprehensive farm management service. One of our experienced consultants will manage the day-to-day running of the farm, liaising with employees or contractors, monitoring performance and providing other specialist services such as agronomy, marketing advice or budget preparation as required.
As the landowner, you are able to choose your level of involvement in the business and retain control over the long-term objectives and direction for the business. We can keep you informed through regular meetings or updates tailored to your requirements.
The business remains in-hand, while benefitting from the knowledge of our Farming team to ensure the business runs efficiently, profitably and is comparable to the best performing businesses across the industry.Meet our specialists
Strategic Business Reviews & Planning
An impartial “health check” for your business
Agriculture is in a period of substantial change. Widely fluctuating markets, increasing regulation and rapidly changing and complex subsidy schemes, mean that farms have to be proactively managed to maximise returns.
In these fluid times regular Farm Business Reviews provide an impartial and objective “health check” of the business. Working closely with you, we will undertake an in-depth assessment of the business, including reviewing the technical, physical and financial performance. Our aim is to offer bespoke practical solutions to the issues identified in the review, tailored to the requirements of your business and your objectives for the future.
If you are considering a pivotal new investment or change to your business, then we can offer an impartial appraisal to ensure that your planned direction of travel is the right one to take and assist you in developing a clear and robust ‘road-map’ for the future of your business.
AHDB Farm Business Reviews
Free advice for your farm business
This free service will offer farmers in England access to a combination of online tools, expert advice, and peer support to help their businesses prepare for the biggest agriculture policy shift in a generation, the reduction in BPS payments.
The service is open to all BPS claimants and runs until February 2022.
How it works
Registration: Register for a Farm Business Review with us by emailing FBR@gscgrays.co.uk or calling 01748 829205, where we will arrange a suitable date and time for the Review to take place.
Consultancy and AHDB Online Tools: A member of our Farm Business Team will take you through the AHDB Online Tools, to assess your business and guide you through the results, including, the impact of BPS reductions on your business, farm performance, and future farm resilience.
Farm Business Discussion Group: You will be invited to participate in a group discussion with other local farm businesses, led by one of our Directors, to share insights, understand the success of high performing farm businesses and identify practical and viable ways to improve the profitability and resilience of your business.
Farmbench Dataset and Agribusiness Appraisals: A small proportion of participants will then be eligible to progress to a funded Farmbench Dataset and an Agri-Business Appraisal.
If you have any questions or would like to speak to a member of our team, please contact us by email at FBR@gscgrays.co.uk or call us on 01748 829205.
Commercially independent, cost effective, advice
Our agronomists will help you to maximise the profitability of your arable enterprise through commercially independent, cost effective, advice. We provide a full crop-walking service, as well as more strategic advice on all aspects of arable crop production including crop rotation management, precision farming, cultivations, machinery purchases and marketing strategies.
As members of AICC (Association of Independent Crop Consultants) our consultants benefit from the latest industry research to complement their extensive practical experience.
GSC Grays farm managers have also established a Buying Group to co-ordinate the purchase of seed, fertiliser and sprays. This allows our clients to benefit from economies of scale resulting in significant financial savings of up to 25%, along with improved cashflow management. Our advice combined with the benefits from the Buying Group enables many of our clients to achieve significant increases in profitability and our aim is to establish our clients in the top 10% of comparable businesses.
Contract & Share Farming
Professionally managed agreements tailored to your requirements
GSC Grays offer a range of contract farming, share farming and joint venture agreements that can be tailored to your individual circumstances. These agreements provide an effective way to share land, machinery or expertise for the benefit of both parties, allowing some landowners to reduce their day-to-day involvement in farming, while enabling other businesses to expand the area they farm. They can also be a tax efficient and effective alternative to a Farm Business Tenancy.
It is important to ensure that the agreements in place are carefully drafted and well understood by both parties from the start. Our in-depth knowledge of the wider issues relating to land ownership, such as taxation, Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), Countryside Stewardship, sporting and other interests enables us to advise landowners as to the most appropriate options for their circumstances. We work with both parties to create an annual budget and farming policy, which is then rigorously monitored through monthly, quarterly or annual reporting as required, and professionally managed.
Grant Schemes and Diversification
Supporting business growth
As the UK moves away from EU models of funding and rural development, new domestic grants schemes will be launched to support UK farming and rural businesses. Grant funding can provide critical support for businesses seeking to expand, diversify or improve productivity, but questions of eligibility, funding levels or timescales can be complex. GSC Grays are committed to staying abreast of emerging policies and schemes so that we can offer you the most up to date advice on grant funding to support your business and help you to prepare a successful application.
Farms are increasingly becoming small rural business centres, diversifying into new enterprises to generate additional income streams outside of the core business. We can help you to consider how you could use your existing assets to provide additional diversified income, and guide you through the process of launching your new venture, from seeking planning permission to applying for finance to support your investment.
Basic Payment Scheme
Pro-active advice for BPS & cross compliance
GSC Grays’ management of your Basic Payment Scheme does not end with completing and submitting the Annual Claim Form.
Our aim is to cut through the complicated rules and regulations to offer bespoke, pro-active advice to ensure clients comply with the rules of the scheme with minimal impact on the management of their business.
Whether it is producing a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone Report, or undertaking a Cross Compliance Audit, we can help businesses to grow and develop without being held back by regulations. We can also help scrutinise inspection reports to ensure that the process is carried out correctly by the relevant authority.
As the Basic Payment Scheme is phased out, we will support you in preparing your business to remain profitable as the payments decline and provide you with the latest information and guidance on new schemes that could help your business to thrive
Landlord & Tenant Advice
Supporting a good relationship between landlord & tenant
Our agents understand the importance of a good relationship between landlord and tenant. We have a detailed understanding of landlord and tenant law in the agricultural, commercial and residential sectors, enabling us to advise effectively on your rights and obligations. The expert, timely advice we provide could pre-empt and avoid disputes, and help you to navigate complex circumstances.
The professional services we offer include preparing written tenancy agreements, conducting rent reviews, succession, managing consents for assignments, improvements and other ancillary matters, lease renewals or extensions and end-of-tenancy claims.
Woodland Creation & Management
Maximising returns from new or existing woodland
Farm woodland can deliver many benefits, sheltering stock, preventing erosion, producing timber, reducing flood risk, sequestering carbon, and providing habitat and food for farm wildlife. Woodland creation grants and support for ongoing woodland management can also make planting woodland an attractive proposition on lower yielding or challenging farmland. If you are interested in planting woodland on your farm, we can provide an initial appraisal of the suitability of the site, the grants that may be available to you and a projected annual income from public or private funding sources.
The active management of existing woodland can increase the benefits it delivers and may be beneficial for tax reasons. Our consultants are experienced in preparing woodland management plans targeted at your objectives. Whether you are interested in enhancing a woodland’s biodiversity value, improving its ability to sequester carbon or optimising its timber production, we can advise on how best to maximise returns from newly planted or existing sites.
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Estate & Land Management
As a modern business with traditional values, we offer professional, practical and discreet advice that you can rely on.
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Sales & Acquisitions
Our country house and farm agency team provide the exceptional service you need for outstanding rural properties.
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We have been delivering successful renewable projects for over 15 years and we continue to look towards the latest technologies to bring opportunities for energy generation to your land.
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Valuations & Surveys
In an increasingly complex and regulated environment, GSC Grays will work with you to determine the exact nature of the report that you require and tailor the valuation to those requirements.
Planning & Development
Planning is an increasingly complex area and with their in-depth knowledge our staff are able to best advise you on the technical work that might be required in support of your planning application.
Environmental Management Services
Environmental Stewardship & Land Management Schemes
We design and deliver environmental schemes that produce optimal results for the environment and for your land and business.
GSC Grays are experts in rural land and property. You can find all the information you need about the sectors that we specialise in, from estate agency to environmental management. We are here to help you to achieve your goals for your rural property, business, farm or estate, today and for generations to come.
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