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Business Planning

The Business Planning section of AHDB’s website offers a wealth of resources to farmers including setting objectives, establishing next steps and a handy business calculator tool. With just a few key input figures, you can see the impact reducing costs or increasing productivity could have on your farm business.
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The Business Planning section of AHDB’s website offers a wealth of resources to farmers including setting objectives, establishing next steps and a handy business calculator tool. With just a few key input figures, you can see the impact reducing costs or increasing productivity could have on your farm business.
AHDB offer a range of business planning, succession, communication and management workshops throughout the year. Keep an eye on their Events page or make sure you’ve registered for updates - contact Tess Howe on tess.howe@ahdb.org.uk
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AHDB offer a range of business planning, succession, communication and management workshops throughout the year. Keep an eye on their Events page or make sure you’ve registered for updates - contact Tess Howe on tess.howe@ahdb.org.uk
Be inspired by AHDB’s Farm Excellence Platform: a network of monitor and strategic farms making changes to their processes and testing out innovative practice across all sectors. You can see the list of participating farms and register to attend on-farm events here.
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Be inspired by AHDB’s Farm Excellence Platform: a network of monitor and strategic farms making changes to their processes and testing out innovative practice across all sectors. You can see the list of participating farms and register to attend on-farm events here.
AHDB also offers Farmbench: a more detailed online benchmarking tool for farm businesses. It compared your farm anonymously to similar enterprises, identifies your business strengths and weaknesses and helps you to protect against risk. Find out more here.
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AHDB also offers Farmbench: a more detailed online benchmarking tool for farm businesses. It compared your farm anonymously to similar enterprises, identifies your business strengths and weaknesses and helps you to protect against risk. Find out more here.
Take a look at AHDB’s Tools page, which includes Milk Price and Pig Production calculators. There is also a selection of Profit and Performance tools - budget templates, cost benefit analysis resources etc - available here.
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Take a look at AHDB’s Tools page, which includes Milk Price and Pig Production calculators. There is also a selection of Profit and Performance tools - budget templates, cost benefit analysis resources etc - available here.
The CLA’s North regional advisors are the first port of call for advice on any topic including farming-related queries. Contact the North office here.
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The CLA’s North regional advisors are the first port of call for advice on any topic including farming-related queries. Contact the North office here.
CLA membership provides access to an online Advice Library and a selection of Advisory Handbooks on a number of topics including share farming, farm business structures etc.
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CLA membership provides access to an online Advice Library and a selection of Advisory Handbooks on a number of topics including share farming, farm business structures etc.
The CLA’s national Agriculture team also offers advice to members on a number of relevant topics.
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The CLA’s national Agriculture team also offers advice to members on a number of relevant topics.
Make It York offers a free Startup Support service, offering help and advice on business planning, registering a new business or diversification and financing. You can phone or email for personalised support.
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Make It York offers a free Startup Support service, offering help and advice on business planning, registering a new business or diversification and financing. You can phone or email for personalised support.
The NFU offers its members a range of ‘model clauses’ - a range of specimen contracts that can be used  as a starting point for formal business agreements covering everything from grazing licences to metal detecting. See the full index here.
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The NFU offers its members a range of ‘model clauses’ - a range of specimen contracts that can be used  as a starting point for formal business agreements covering everything from grazing licences to metal detecting. See the full index here.
The NFU offers support to members planning a new diversification through a range of dedicated services.  Business Guides provide detailed information on a range of topics from health and safety to employment law. The Contract Checking and Tax Services offer up-to-date specialist information and advice provided by legal and accountancy professionals. You can speak to the NFU North East about membership - contact details available here.
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The NFU offers support to members planning a new diversification through a range of dedicated services.  Business Guides provide detailed information on a range of topics from health and safety to employment law. The Contract Checking and Tax Services offer up-to-date specialist information and advice provided by legal and accountancy professionals. You can speak to the NFU North East about membership - contact details available here.

The Farm Business Survey feedback provides farmers with detailed information about the physical and economic performance of their farm business. The RBRU actively recruit a number of new farms to the survey each year - contact details are available here.
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The Farm Business Survey feedback provides farmers with detailed information about the physical and economic performance of their farm business. The RBRU actively recruit a number of new farms to the survey each year - contact details are available here.
The Farmer Network also updates members on policy matters via a weekly email newsletter and social media.
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The Farmer Network also updates members on policy matters via a weekly email newsletter and social media.
Growth Hub employs a team of Business Relationship Managers who have the experience and ability to go through a business diagnostic with eligible businesses to help find ways to cut costs and increase profits.
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Growth Hub employs a team of Business Relationship Managers who have the experience and ability to go through a business diagnostic with eligible businesses to help find ways to cut costs and increase profits.

Brown & Co’s consultant team offers a wide range of business and financial planning services. A farm business review may include advice and support with budgeting and cash flow management, labour and machinery costing and benchmarking (Brown & Co has partnered with AHBD on their Farmbench tool). Contact Robert.Meadley@brown-co.com for more details.
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Brown & Co’s consultant team offers a wide range of business and financial planning services. A farm business review may include advice and support with budgeting and cash flow management, labour and machinery costing and benchmarking (Brown & Co has partnered with AHBD on their Farmbench tool). Contact Robert.Meadley@brown-co.com for more details.
Brown & Co offers a cross compliance and countryside stewardship health check service. Contact Robert.Meadley@brown-co.com for more details.
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Brown & Co offers a cross compliance and countryside stewardship health check service. Contact Robert.Meadley@brown-co.com for more details.
ADAS’ agriculture consultants can ensure that you are complying with existing environmental regulations such as NVZ Regulations, SSAFO Regulations and Basic Payment Scheme cross compliance. ADAS can also help you assess the impact of future regulation on your farm business. Contact Fiona Tweedie on fiona.tweedie@adas.co.uk or call Fiona on 07766441934 for more details.
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ADAS’ agriculture consultants can ensure that you are complying with existing environmental regulations such as NVZ Regulations, SSAFO Regulations and Basic Payment Scheme cross compliance. ADAS can also help you assess the impact of future regulation on your farm business. Contact Fiona Tweedie on fiona.tweedie@adas.co.uk or call Fiona on 07766441934 for more details.
Craven District Council can also offer support to businesses that have been trading for less than 3 years and people planning to start a new business through its Business Adviser, Kris Keighley. See here for more information and contact details.
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Craven District Council can also offer support to businesses that have been trading for less than 3 years and people planning to start a new business through its Business Adviser, Kris Keighley. See here for more information and contact details.
Numerous benefits are built into FSM membership, including tax investigation protection. See their website and then select the ‘Benefits’ tab for more details.
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Numerous benefits are built into FSM membership, including tax investigation protection. See their website and then select the ‘Benefits’ tab for more details.
North Yorkshire County Council offers a paid-for business advice service to established business which covers regulatory issues related to pricing, distance selling, websites, advertising etc. See here for more information or telephone 01609 780780. 
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North Yorkshire County Council offers a paid-for business advice service to established business which covers regulatory issues related to pricing, distance selling, websites, advertising etc. See here for more information or telephone 01609 780780. 
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