The importance of local sourcing and ranging

The importance of local sourcing and ranging

Local sourcing has become a buzzword when it comes to food and drink. Almost every hospitality business will rightly claim to prefer to support local business, both for the local economy and the environment. There will always be those that make wild claims to cash-in on customers who want the feel-good green factor, but by […]

Funding available for diversification projects

Funding available for diversification projects

Some people are still unaware that they may be able to apply for government funding to help financially with their diversification project. The LEADER program is one such scheme and was set up as part of the Rural Development Program (RDPE) and provides grants to cover up to 40 percent of the total project costs. LEADER […]

Visit us at the Farm Business Innovation Show 2017

Visit us at the Farm Business Innovation Show 2017

  Come along and see us at stand 380 at the Farm Business Innovation Show 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham on the 9th & 10th November! We’ll be there exploring how we can help you diversify, expand, and adapt. The Farm Business Innovation Show is Europe’s leading event for farmers, landowners and estate owners. […]

Funding & support available for small businesses to reduce energy costs

For the next two years, the Carbon Trust is providing an attractive and accessible support package to help small and medium sized companies in England, Wales and Scotland identify energy saving opportunities and install energy efficient equipment in their business. The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund provides direct funded support through energy assessments, training workshops, equipment procurement support […]

Easy and cost effective marketing tips for rural businesses

Easy and cost effective marketing tips for rural businesses

Having a marketing plan may sound like something only large companies need to worry about, however, even small rural businesses can benefit greatly by implementing some very simple marketing techniques. Promoting your business to new and existing customers does not have to be costly, but there are certainly some areas where you should consider investing. […]

Appetite Me shortlisted for Best Rural Professional Services Business

Appetite Me shortlisted for Best Rural Professional Services Business

Appetite Me is very pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for Best Rural Professional Services Business in the 2017 Rural Business Awards. Created by an entrepreneurial duo of countryside-based business women, Jemma Clifford and Anna Price, and backed by the CLA and Amazon, the RBAs are the only UK-wide programme dedicated to showcasing […]

Things to consider when planning a diversification project

Things to consider when planning a diversification project

What are the main issues to be considered when planning a diversification project? Reuse of existing buildings The vacant buildings on a farm or estate can often be a great asset. However, not all buildings are suitable for conversion. They need to be of sound construction, their form, bulk, and general design should be in keeping […]

Starting a rural retail business

Starting a rural retail business

There is no better time to get into rural retailing. Rural retail has exploded accross the UK in recent years, aided by an increasingly food-savvy and environmentally aware public, and also farmers and land owners looking to diversify and reconnect with the consumer. ‘Local’ has become the loudest buzz word around food. According to market […]

How rural land owners can increase revenue through sustainable diversification

For centuries, much of the UK’s countryside has been dominated by large estates, managing farms, forestry, vast areas of landscape, and countless rural businesses and villages. Today, private and publicly-owned rural estates still manage a significant land area, providing a huge range of goods and services, supporting communities and generating employment. It is therefore vital […]

The advantages of exploring own brand product lines

The advantages of exploring own brand product lines

What is an own brand? An own brand is an product packaged and marketed under the brand name of a particular retailer, rather than that of the manufacturer. Why do businesses offer own brand products? Own brands help to stimulate competition and innovation between retailers, for example, by providing an additional dimension on which retailers […]