Practical Help

Where can I find support with getting a new farm business or diversification off the ground?

CLA membership provides access to an online Advice Library and a selection of Advisory Handbooks on a number of rural issues including some pertaining to a new business start-up.
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CLA membership provides access to an online Advice Library and a selection of Advisory Handbooks on a number of rural issues including some pertaining to a new business start-up.
The CLA’s national Diversification team can also offer members specialist advice on topics relating to a new business or diversification.
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The CLA’s national Diversification team can also offer members specialist advice on topics relating to a new business or diversification.
Make It York’s Stand & Deliver event invites new businesses or diversifications to pitch for funding from an audience of investors. Keep an eye on their Events section or get in touch via phone/email for details for upcoming sessions.
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Make It York’s Stand & Deliver event invites new businesses or diversifications to pitch for funding from an audience of investors. Keep an eye on their Events section or get in touch via phone/email for details for upcoming sessions.
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.
Make It York can also help with applications to the AD:VENTURE programme, which supports ambitious new businesses with mentoring, grants and more. Startups must be based in particular Yorkshire towns/cities to qualify.
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Make It York can also help with applications to the AD:VENTURE programme, which supports ambitious new businesses with mentoring, grants and more. Startups must be based in particular Yorkshire towns/cities to qualify.
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 North York Moors National Park Authority offers grants to tourism businesses which allow them to develop new products and services, raise the profile of the area and promote its local distinctiveness. Up to £10,000 is available for individual businesses.Larger grant awards up to £25,000 are available to individual businesses for exceptional projects. More details available here.
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The North York Moors National Park Authority offers grants to tourism businesses which allow them to develop new products and services, raise the profile of the area and promote its local distinctiveness. Up to £10,000 is available for individual businesses.Larger grant awards up to £25,000 are available to individual businesses for exceptional projects. More details available here.
The North York Moors National Park is actively seeking farmers to plant new native woodland. Advice, grants and payments are available. Contact conversation@northyorkmoors.org.uk.
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The North York Moors National Park is actively seeking farmers to plant new native woodland. Advice, grants and payments are available. Contact conversation@northyorkmoors.org.uk.
Advice and some funds are available from the North York Moors National Park Authority to protect priority species and habitats. More information via conservation@northyorkmoors.org.uk.
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Advice and some funds are available from the North York Moors National Park Authority to protect priority species and habitats. More information via conservation@northyorkmoors.org.uk.
Advice and limited funds are available from the North York Moors National Park Authority to go towards the conservation of some trees and ancient field boundaries (hedgerows and dry stone walls). Contact tbs@northyorkmoors.org.uk.
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Advice and limited funds are available from the North York Moors National Park Authority to go towards the conservation of some trees and ancient field boundaries (hedgerows and dry stone walls). Contact tbs@northyorkmoors.org.uk.
The North York Moors National Park Authority has developed a programme of discretionary grants targeted at achieving bigger and better habitats in the National Park area which cannot be delivered by other funding sources. Email conservation@northyorkmoors.org.uk for more information.
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The North York Moors National Park Authority has developed a programme of discretionary grants targeted at achieving bigger and better habitats in the National Park area which cannot be delivered by other funding sources. Email conservation@northyorkmoors.org.uk for more information.
The Farmer Network operates the Business Support For Young People programme. The programme offers support to individuals aged 18-30 with setting up or developing a farm/farm-related business. More information available here.
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The Farmer Network operates the Business Support For Young People programme. The programme offers support to individuals aged 18-30 with setting up or developing a farm/farm-related business. More information available here.
Growth Hub has a range of digital e-guides to starting a new business. These can be accessed via the website free of charge.
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Growth Hub has a range of digital e-guides to starting a new business. These can be accessed via the website free of charge.

Richmondshire District Council may be able to point you towards advice and support for new businesses or diversifications. Contact them on  business@richmondshire.gov.uk or see their website here for more information.
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Richmondshire District Council may be able to point you towards advice and support for new businesses or diversifications. Contact them on  business@richmondshire.gov.uk or see their website here for more information.
Brown & Co’s consultant team offers a wide range of business and financial planning services. They have significant experience in supporting and setting up new farm businesses and diversifications for farmer clients. 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. They have significant experience in supporting and setting up new farm businesses and diversifications for farmer clients. Contact Robert.Meadley@brown-co.com for more details.
ADAS’ business consultants have significant experience of supporting farmers with diversifying and can help with all aspects of the development of your business plans. For more details contact ian.snowden@adas.co.uk or call Ian on 07774224851.
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ADAS’ business consultants have significant experience of supporting farmers with diversifying and can help with all aspects of the development of your business plans. For more details contact ian.snowden@adas.co.uk or call Ian on 07774224851.
The Biorenewables Development Centre employs experts in biology, chemistry and business development to help farm businesses diversify their product portfolio and overcome operational and logistical issues. They have expertise in biorefinery e.g. minimising wastes from food or farming business to produce valuable bio-based products, optimising processes to reduce waste and testing and scaling-up new processes. You can read more about their services here.
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The Biorenewables Development Centre employs experts in biology, chemistry and business development to help farm businesses diversify their product portfolio and overcome operational and logistical issues. They have expertise in biorefinery e.g. minimising wastes from food or farming business to produce valuable bio-based products, optimising processes to reduce waste and testing and scaling-up new processes. You can read more about their services here.
Craven District Council can offer support and funding to businesses that are looking to grow through its SME Growth Manager, Mark Delves. See here for more information and contact details.
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Craven District Council can offer support and funding to businesses that are looking to grow through its SME Growth Manager, Mark Delves. See here for more information and contact 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.
If you’re planning a new food business, Craven District Council has a number of online resources which may help, including links to register your business and food hygiene advisory inspection visits. More information here.
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If you’re planning a new food business, Craven District Council has a number of online resources which may help, including links to register your business and food hygiene advisory inspection visits. More information here.
The Federation of Small Businesses has a separate Business Creation membership for new businesses. You make a one-off payment which can then be transferred to full membership within the first year. Details, benefits and comparison available here. 
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The Federation of Small Businesses has a separate Business Creation membership for new businesses. You make a one-off payment which can then be transferred to full membership within the first year. Details, benefits and comparison available here
Hambleton District Council can offer business start-up and support for new or existing enterprises in the HDC area. Email julie.hutton@hambleton.gov.uk or call 01609 767 186.
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Hambleton District Council can offer business start-up and support for new or existing enterprises in the HDC area. Email julie.hutton@hambleton.gov.uk or call 01609 767 186.
Harrogate Borough Council offers one-to-one business advice and can guide new and growing businesses towards support, grants, loans and other relevant funding options including Ad:Venture and Digital Advantage. Visit www.harrogate.gov.uk/business for details, email business@harrogate.gov.uk, or call 01423 500600 ext 58256 (SME Growth Manager).
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Harrogate Borough Council offers one-to-one business advice and can guide new and growing businesses towards support, grants, loans and other relevant funding options including Ad:Venture and Digital Advantage. Visit www.harrogate.gov.uk/business for details, email business@harrogate.gov.uk, or call 01423 500600 ext 58256 (SME Growth Manager).
If you’re running or starting up a food business, please visit the Harrogate Borough Council website for information and advice, including registration, food hygiene, and safety training.
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If you’re running or starting up a food business, please visit the Harrogate Borough Council website for information and advice, including registration, food hygiene, and safety training.
Scarborough Borough Council has a small business start-up and expansion grant scheme which is open to applications from farm and food businesses (subject to eligibility criteria). More information is available here or email business.support@scarborough.gov.uk
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Scarborough Borough Council has a small business start-up and expansion grant scheme which is open to applications from farm and food businesses (subject to eligibility criteria). More information is available here or email business.support@scarborough.gov.uk
New food businesses can access a wide range of helpful information on the Scarborough Borough Council website. See here for more details. 
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New food businesses can access a wide range of helpful information on the Scarborough Borough Council website. See here for more details. 
City of York Council offers up to 30 minutes of basic advice for free. More detailed and bespoke advice including visits, reports, investigations and legal advice are charged at a rate of £70.69 + VAT per hour. See their Regulatory Advice services here, email public.protection@york.gov.uk or call 01904 551525.
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City of York Council offers up to 30 minutes of basic advice for free. More detailed and bespoke advice including visits, reports, investigations and legal advice are charged at a rate of £70.69 + VAT per hour. See their Regulatory Advice services here, email public.protection@york.gov.uk or call 01904 551525.
City of York Council offers a free Business Pack for food businesses which includes free resources on topics such as food safety, composition and labelling, health and safety etc. More details are available here.
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City of York Council offers a free Business Pack for food businesses which includes free resources on topics such as food safety, composition and labelling, health and safety etc. More details are available here.
If you’re planning a new food business, City of York Council can offer expert advice on converting premises, suitability of buildings, licensing, noise control, extract equipment - email public.protection@york.gov.uk or call 01904 551525 or contact York’s Planning Department at planning.enquiries@york.gov.uk.
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If you’re planning a new food business, City of York Council can offer expert advice on converting premises, suitability of buildings, licensing, noise control, extract equipment - email public.protection@york.gov.uk or call 01904 551525 or contact York’s Planning Department at planning.enquiries@york.gov.uk.
City of York’s YES Environmental Consultancy services offers farm and food businesses a wide range of support, from site investigations, noise and odour monitoring and reports to enable businesses to obtain planning permission, assist with licensing applications and dealing with complaints. Their remit includes change of use, residential sites on or near farms, holiday cottages, wedding venues and more. See their website here, email YESconsultancy@york.gov.uk or telephone 01904 551525.
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City of York’s YES Environmental Consultancy services offers farm and food businesses a wide range of support, from site investigations, noise and odour monitoring and reports to enable businesses to obtain planning permission, assist with licensing applications and dealing with complaints. Their remit includes change of use, residential sites on or near farms, holiday cottages, wedding venues and more. See their website here, email YESconsultancy@york.gov.uk or telephone 01904 551525.
Selby District Council can offer advice and support for starting a new business/diversification or growing an existing one. See here for more details.
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Selby District Council can offer advice and support for starting a new business/diversification or growing an existing one. See here for more details.
North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards offers a free Business Growth advice service for North Yorkshire businesses in their first two years. They can offer advice on a wide range of matters, including animal health and welfare, food labelling and standards, e-commerce, pricing and promotion and more. See here for more information (including eligibility criteria), email business.advice@northyorks.gov.uk or telephone 01609 780780 and ask for Trading Standards’ New Business Advice service.
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North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards offers a free Business Growth advice service for North Yorkshire businesses in their first two years. They can offer advice on a wide range of matters, including animal health and welfare, food labelling and standards, e-commerce, pricing and promotion and more. See here for more information (including eligibility criteria), email business.advice@northyorks.gov.uk or telephone 01609 780780 and ask for Trading Standards’ New Business Advice service.