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Diversification into new areas of business – making your land, property and business assets work harder – is increasingly popular, and brings new income streams. However, many landowners have been talked into new ventures by salesmen and consultants that then go on to become costly mistakes. It is vital that you have independent, impartial, and expert help and advice. And that is where the CLA can help.

The CLA not only has its own advisers in all the core areas you need – land use, law, taxation and planning – but they almost certainly have members around the country who have already undertaken a similar venture. They understand what income you could realistically earn and, more importantly, they know the potential pitfalls. All this advice is free to CLA members.

At the show, CLA experts will be presenting seminars on a range of topics that will be essential for anyone considering a diversification project.

    • Wednesday

      Keynote Speaker: Andrew Shirley MRICS

      Andrew Shirley MRICS - CLA

      Business Rates and Council Tax: What You Need to Know

      10.45 - 11.15

      This seminar will look at the basis for council tax and consideration of your banding. It will cover how holiday accommodation, second homes and vacant dwellings are dealt with. It will also look at non-domestic rates (often referred to as business rates), small business rate relief and the appeal process.

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      Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Thompson

      Jonathan Thompson - CLA

      Owning Heritage: Asset or Nightmare?

      11.30 - 12.00

      This seminar will look at how well the heritage protection and consent system works – or often fails to work – and how you can navigate your way through to achieve outcomes best for both the building and your business.

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      Keynote Speaker: Louise Speke

      Louise Speke - CLA

      Make Sure you Don’t Fall Foul of the VAT Man

      12.15 - 12.45

      This seminar will provide an overview of the VAT issues you should consider if you are thinking of diversifying into a new business. These include VAT registration and anti-avoidance rules, the correct rates to pay (e.g. on building works) and charge out as well as rules for managing VAT records and filing returns.

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      Keynote Speaker: Fraser McAuley

      Fraser McAuley - CLA

      Future Farming: Novel Crops and Production Systems

      13.30 - 14.00

      Brexit, climate change and a changing policy landscape are posing both challenges and opportunities to rural businesses. This seminar will cover what new crop and production systems are on the horizon and how they could add to the profitability and resilience of farm businesses.

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      Keynote Speaker: Fenella Collins MRICS

      Fenella Collins MRICS - CLA

      Diversification: Tips for Navigating the Planning System

      14.15 - 14.45

      All new development is subject to legislation set out in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, and associated secondary legislation. It is also subject to national and local planning policy. Generally, a new venture will require some form of planning permission. This seminar will provide tips for achieving planning permission.

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      Keynote Speaker: Harry Greenfield

      Harry Greenfield - CLA

      Environmental Markets: New Opportunities for Farmers and Land Managers

      15.00 - 15.30

      As environmental issues rise up the agenda, the Government, the public and businesses are looking at ways to improve the natural environment. Farmers and land managers are uniquely placed to deliver a wide range of environmental public goods – from clean water to thriving wildlife – and to be rewarded for doing so. This seminar will look at a range of opportunities including new ecological markets, government-funded schemes and private sector investment in natural capital.

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