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NEWS RELEASE – Rural landowners gather to discuss the diversification opportunities despite Brexit at breakfast event, Blenheim Palace

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Maximising on land and property was the subject of our most recent breakfast briefing.

The event, held at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, gathered rural landowners and professionals from across the region and urged them to take control of assets and invest in a broader business base to protect themselves in the current climate amidst Brexit uncertainties.

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Visit the Farm Business Innovation Show in Birmingham

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Rural Solutions will be exhibiting and speaking at the Farm Business Innovation Show taking place at Birmingham NEC on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 November.

The show is free to enter and tickets can be ordered online from the Show website.

The Rural Solutions advisory, business development and planning teams will be at the show and they will be available to talk to you about your diversification ideas.  Willy Browne-Swinburne will also be speaking on Thursday morning about how you decide which diversification idea is the right one for you!

More information about the Show and free tickets can be found here

Rural Solutions runner up in Rural Business Awards

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Rural Solutions attended the dinner and awards ceremony last night for ‘The Rural Business Awards’ in partnership with CLA and are very proud to announce that we are runner up in the ‘2016 Best Rural Professional Services Business’ category.

The Awards co-founder, Jemma Clifford said “Rural Solutions was simply an excellent, successful business.  They demonstrated growth on profits, creation of jobs and associated employment in rural communities, all based on a sound knowledge of the key aspects of rural life.”

Congratulations to all our fellow finalists – it is wonderful to see so many successful rural businesses out there doing great things for the rural economy and raising the profile of the countryside.

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Rural Solutions will be exhibiting at the Farm Business Innovation Show at the Birmingham NEC on 9 and 10 November – the leading diversification and innovation event for farmers and landowners. Come and visit our stand and click on the link above for your free entrance tickets!

Booming Rural Economy Brings New Team to the South West

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On the back of increasing demand from rural estates, farmers, landowners and businesses in the area, Rural Solutions, the nationwide Planning and Development Specialists have opened a new South West office on the Wiltshire/Gloucestershire border.  Rob Jones-Davies heads up the team, based from a previous Rural Solutions office development project, in the grounds of the Charlton Park Estate, Malmesbury.

With a head office in Skipton, North Yorkshire, as well as offices in Essex and Northumberland, the last few years have seen terrific growth for the business that specialises in rural planning, development and business diversification, despite the wider tough economic climate.

‘It’s time government and the public in general realised the huge potential that the rural economy has in satisfying the changes in working and lifestyle ambitions of more and more people’ comments William Fry, Managing Director of Rural Solutions.  ‘Understanding the opportunities that exist in the rural environment over and above traditional uses and helping our clients maximise those opportunities is our ‘raison d’etre’. Our client base in the South West has grown substantially in the last few years and this expansion is a direct response to that growth.

Nicholas Johnston of The Great Tew Estate states that ‘Rural Solutions approach to rural planning and economic development is entrepreneurial and a genuine force for good in terms of rural economic growth. However, it is born from a deep understanding and sensitivity towards rural issues and takes a long term view.’

The most recent recruit to the team is Joe Seymour who joins from Cotswold District Council and brings a strong and current knowledge of working in a Council planning environment and will support and strengthen the core planning team.

‘Rural Solutions has a tendency to Zig when others Zag’ said Associate Director and Head of the South West region, Rob Jones-Davies. ‘We work hard to understand and identify where real opportunities lie. Recommendations are made on evidential fact rather than fashion. This approach ensures that delivered projects have a sustainable future that not only satisfies our client’s ambitions but benefits the wider rural economy as well.’