Business Resilience for farms

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Positive actions to take to make farmers and farming businesses stronger.

The coronavirus pandemic has taught us that resilience is key to survival – and that resilience comes in many forms for farming and rural businesses.

We support farmers and farming businesses in several ways, giving them the tools to be resilient and flexible in an ever-changing world. The positive resilience planning and actions can be at a business level, or personal level, whatever your needs.

As part of being involved as a sponsor and speaker at the first Yorkshire Post Country Week Conference in October 2021, we offer a free initial legal health check to farming and rural businesses, covering everything from contract reviews post-Brexit including employment, property, tenancies and business structures, estate and succession planning with the family or even simply getting your Will up-to-date.

If you fill in the legal health check questionnaire, our team will generate a free initial review to then discuss with you.

Clair Douglas, director and head of the agricultural law and landed estates team at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors, says: “We support farmers and farming businesses – resilience is our main focus with them in a positive way – and our legal health check is one of our key tools.”

We support farm businesses when they have an immediate issue they need help with, but more importantly, we want to make sure we work closely with them and advise them on business resilience so they don’t face issues in the future that are preventable. We also support the farming family, offering specialist legal advice on estate planning and succession planning.”

Clair co-hosted a panel session with the NFU North East at the Country Week Conference 2021 discussing resilience in farming, what support is available for businesses and individuals and showing how positive action and support can move farmers forward.

You can listen to the advice given by Clair Douglas, Head of Agricultural law at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors LLP, on the benefits of positive planning and actions for business resilience at this time.

To listen to the full recording of Clair’s advice, visit this link, click on ‘morning’ session and move the cursor along to approx 1 hour 15 minutes into the recording when the panel session on business resilience begins.

You can also listen to the advice given by Sharon Richardson, Head of Private Client at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors LLP, on the benefits of positive discussions, planning and actions for succession planning for a farming or rural business and the family involved.

To listen to the full recording of Sharon’s advice, visit this link, click on ‘morning’ session and move the cursor along to approx 1 hour 15 minutes into the recording when our panel session on business resilience begins including Sharon’s advice on succession planning.

What is the Farm Business Resilience Plan? 
It is an important way to review your business and get guidance and support for any processes or documentation you have.

Matters covered in the initial free health check could include:

  • Property matters (including ownership, tenancies, land registration)
  • Estate planning (including Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Trust Deeds etc.)
  • Business structures
  • Share farming
  • Contract farming
  • Rights of Way
  • Succession planning
  • Employment
  • Diversification

How to get your free legal health check?
Do you want a free initial legal health check review from one of Yorkshire’s leading businesses? Simply email Clair Douglas to request the Farm Business Resilience Plan questionnaire, fill in some key details and return to Clair and our team will be in touch.

Our long-standing trusted relationship with the rural and farming community in our region is enriched when we assist our agricultural and rural community in a variety of ways, including recognising their achievements at events like the Rural Awards, and by giving our continued support to the British farming and food sector.”

We have worked closely with Adam Bedford, a Regional Director at the NFU and his team for many years as one of their two legal panel firms in the North East region, supporting the needs of the farming, rural business and rural community across Yorkshire.

Wellbeing resilience advice for your physical and mental health
You can listen to Isobel Willoughby, Head of Commercial/Commercial Property at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors LLP, join the discussion about the importance of wellbeing and taking positive actions to support your physical and mental health.

To listen to the full recording on wellbeing resilience at the Yorkshire Post Country Week Conference 2021, visit this link, click on ‘afternoon’ session and move the video along to the 2 hour 26 minute point to watch the Wellbeing Resilience session.

The RABI has released their report of the findings of their Big Farm Survey 2021.This was a huge piece of work and is interesting to read, so please do take time to have a look at it.

If you know of anybody who maybe struggling in the farming community, please do encourage them to ring the RABI for advice and support. They are reacting to any immediate crisis in the farming industry, but of course are always there for anybody who needs them. You can call their helpline number – 0800 188 4444.