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Where can I find support to cut costs and increase profits in my farm business?

Increasing Profits
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Increasing Profits
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.
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.
Fera is developing methods of turning farm waste products into income. See more details here.
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Fera is developing methods of turning farm waste products into income. See more details here.
The NFU offers members a range of discounts, covering everything from health insurance and airport parking to new vehicle purchases and machinery hire. Details available here.
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The NFU offers members a range of discounts, covering everything from health insurance and airport parking to new vehicle purchases and machinery hire. Details available here.
NFU members also benefit from a free debt advice service for both business and personal debt.
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NFU members also benefit from a free debt advice service for both business and personal debt.
NFU Energy is a consultancy specialising in the agricultural energy market. It offers a free energy helpline, a ‘contract finder’ service, technical advice on renewables and energy efficiency guidance, plus the potential to save on energy bills by joining an electricity buying group. More information available here.
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NFU Energy is a consultancy specialising in the agricultural energy market. It offers a free energy helpline, a ‘contract finder’ service, technical advice on renewables and energy efficiency guidance, plus the potential to save on energy bills by joining an electricity buying group. More information 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 offers members the chance to buy fuel and gas and electricity at discounted prices through group schemes. They also offer competitive insurance options through Jelf. See their membership benefits here.
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The Farmer Network offers members the chance to buy fuel and gas and electricity at discounted prices through group schemes. They also offer competitive insurance options through Jelf. See their membership benefits here.
The Farmer Network runs a number of member projects with a focus on farmers getting together to share knowledge and challenges surrounding running a farm business. You can read about some of their current projects here.
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The Farmer Network runs a number of member projects with a focus on farmers getting together to share knowledge and challenges surrounding running a farm business. You can read about some of their current projects here.
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.
ADAS offers a range of services and support around making your farm business more profitable. For more details contact ian.snowden@adas.co.uk or call Ian on 07774224851.
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ADAS offers a range of services and support around making your farm business more profitable. For more details contact ian.snowden@adas.co.uk or call Ian on 07774224851.
The Biorenewables Development Centre can advise on methods and technologies to help cut costs and increase profits in food and farming businesses. Examples include adding value to waste products, valorising AD, improving processing technologies and so on. More details available here. 
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The Biorenewables Development Centre can advise on methods and technologies to help cut costs and increase profits in food and farming businesses. Examples include adding value to waste products, valorising AD, improving processing technologies and so on. More details available here
The Federation of Small Businesses offers a number of free financial resources on their website - dealing with late payments, keeping your cash flow on an even keel etc - available here. 
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The Federation of Small Businesses offers a number of free financial resources on their website - dealing with late payments, keeping your cash flow on an even keel etc - available here
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.
The Federation of Small Businesses has an agreement with the Co-op bank, meaning that FSM members can access Co-op bank services free of charge. More details available here.
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The Federation of Small Businesses has an agreement with the Co-op bank, meaning that FSM members can access Co-op bank services free of charge. More details available here.