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Interesting article in FarmBusiness online magazine

9th MayPosted by Louise Taylor

Louise was delighted to be asked to contibute an article for the Farm Business online magazine.  Read the full article here https://bit.ly/2yGgmt2

COVID-19 and farming - worrying times.

24th AprilPosted by Louise Taylor

Read Senior Partner, Mike Taylor's, article in today's Farmers Guardian where he discusses the effect of lockdown on farming.

Successful Succession

9th MarchPosted by Louise Taylor

Louise Taylor writes in the March/April edition of the RICS Land Journal on using a mediation approach to facilitating successful succession planning for farming families.

Farming Talk with Louise Taylor

6th FebruaryPosted by Louise Taylor

Industry Must Embrace More Techniques To Cut Emissions 

We’ve now seen the end of January and although I had hoped that 2019 might embrace a rather more leisurely pace, it seems intent on forging ahead at the break-neck speed with which 2018 departed.  The news, however, has changed little in the last few weeks with a daily focus on Brexit and the huge challenges faced by Government. My attention turns to Michael Grove’s Clean Air Strategy due to be published in the next couple of...

Ammonia and Change Management

1st FebruaryPosted by Louise Taylor

Clean air will come at a cost

It is nearly the end of January and although I had hoped that 2019 might embrace a rather more leisurely pace, it seems intent on forging ahead at the break-neck speed with which 2018 departed.  The news, however, has changed little in the last few weeks (and months), with a daily focus on Brexit and the huge challenges faced by Government. Whilst it might seem that the whole of Westminster is singularly fixated on this one, albeit extremely important,...

Moving forward with succession

4th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

Families can be complicated. Not always, but often and particularly where there is a family business involved. In such cases it is not unusual for the bulk of the family wealth to be generated by the family business, say widget production, and often families are able to draw down profit from the business to invest elsewhere. The offspring that want to make widgets do so, those that don’t are allocated other assets.  BINGO! Both succession and inheritance issues sorted. Easy.

Then...

Property market sees a flurry of activity

4th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

If I had started to write this article last week, as I probably should have done, I would have been saying that the rural property market remains fairly steady, with some residential property sitting on the books for a while before finding the right buyer.  In some ways this is still true but the last ten days have seen a real flurry of activity with viewings booked all over the weekend and this week starting in the same vein.  So what has changed? 

The properties are still the same,...

The secret to succession planning

4th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

Is the sale of land and farms the secret to succession planning?

The market for land and farms remains fairly buoyant in the West Midlands with strong competition for any reasonably sized blocks of land, either with or without buildings or farmsteads.  Traditionally we find that selling land, or any asset for that matter, goes against the grain for most farmers, particularly where farms have been in family ownership for generations and there is an imbedded desire to protect the land...

Is rural housing really a barrier to succession planning?

4th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

Earlier in the summer I was fortunate to be included in the Rural Housing Summit at Highgrove House. I wondered, as I am sure you are, what a housing summit would involve. Well, in short, it was a gathering of a wide variety of professionals all involved with the rural economy in some way.  The day, which was immensely interesting, was predominantly focused on the provision of housing for retired farmers in the future and was a wonderful forum for exploring problems, airing opinions, testing...

Why do pasture prices keep on creeping higher?

13th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

Read Mike Taylor's insights on the prices of pasture land in a Farmers Weekly article. 

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