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10 quirky accommodation ideas
Inspiration to get you thinking about what could be possible
Within the UK we are fortunate enough to have an abundance of open countryside that appeals to so many. Whether it’s city goers seeking a secluded country retreat, families searching for an adventure-filled getaway or couples wanting a romantic escape, each of these market segments is a capti…
A beginner’s guide to rearing game birds
Getting started in the game rearing business
Whether you are thinking of rearing your own game birds or starting your own game rearing business, this guide has been designed to highlight some of the major thought processes and physical requirements needed. There are several different ways in which to rear game birds, and the system you …
Alternative options for tourist accommodation
Could your new business venture link into the tourism industry
We all know that glamping is a trend that has taken off among the rural community, but when it comes to tourist accommodation there are plenty of other routes you could consider. Here are some ideas to get you thinking. Touring caravans and camping ‘Free range’ camping Log cabins Cam…
Business ideas for on-farm events and attractions
Ideas for on-farm events and attractions
Ideas to help get you started if you are looking to use existing on-farm assets for a new business venture. Weddings Celebration venue i.e. children birthday parties Corporate or conference venue Educational access for schools or groups Children’s activities, play or farm park P…
Business ideas for the green fingered
Opportunities to consider for those who love their garden
For those with green fingers, there are endless opportunities to use this to your advantage when it comes to establishing your own kitchen garden business. Whether you have a pristine garden or are keen to get your hands dirty growing vegetables for the masses, here are some ideas of how you cou…
Business ideas in the food and drink sector
Business ideas for food lovers
The UK’s food and drink industry contributes £28.2bn to the UK economy each year. It’s a competitive market, but here are some ideas that may give you the edge when starting out in the sector. Meat cutting and processing Production of specialist meats Food processing e.g. potatoes to …
Business ideas in the health, fashion and children sectors
Guidance to help get your business idea off the ground
A list of ideas to get you thinking of business ideas in the health, fashion and children’s industries. On-farm fitness classes Children’s playgroups Children’s parties Children’s nursery After school clubs Kids clothing Children’s book author or illustrator Play barns Chi…
Business ideas in the renewable sector
Renewable and environmental schemes
Renewables remain a big draw for investors. Whether it’s to generate an additional income stream or to power individual homes and businesses, there are endless options to consider.  Biomass Anaerobic digesters Micro anaerobic biogas plants Wind turbines Solar or thermal PV Groun…
Considerations when establishing a boarding kennel
Starting a business working with dogs - what do you need to be aware of?
We are a nation of pet lovers. It’s estimated that 12million households in the UK have pets, with the pet population currently standing at 54million. Breaking this down further, 24% of pet owners own a dog and 17% own a cat. From a business perspective, this is a hugely opportunistic market t…
Cooking up a storm in the food and drink industry
Ideas and inspiration for an alternative food or drink business
Thinking of starting a food and drink business, but want a slightly different business model or idea? Here is some inspiration to get you started. Sell your homemade cakes What better way to turn your skills into profit than capitalising on the current British love of home baking. Rat…
Could you start your own deli?
The consideration needed when setting up a food retail outlet
Rural food outlets, whether it’s a farm shop or a deli always have a special feel about them. They generally offer local produce or products that cannot be found on your supermarket shelf. It’s a shopping experience that many people see as a luxury but, get it right and you could see locals retu…
Craft courses - turning a hobby into a business
Can you turn a hobby into a business?
The UK craft scene is booming. TV shows, magazines and bloggers are enticing more and more people to “have a go”. According to research measuring the economic impact of thousands of small craft businesses in the UK, craft skills contribute £3.4 billion to the economy* - there has never been a be…
Deer farming - is it for me?
An alternative farming enterprise to consider
There is no doubt that deer farming is one of the most exciting and rewarding forms of livestock farming but it certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted. The easiest way to describe the system is to say it is rather like farming suckler cows on speed. If produced to the highest standards for a supe…
Entering the skincare market
Could the soap and toiletry industry be the one for you?
Making your own soap and toiletries can be a very rewarding and lucrative hobby, there is a big market for natural and wholesome skincare which contains local ingredients with names that you can recognise. The first thing to do is to perfect your recipes and ingredients. Your skills in using …
Establishing yourself in the handmade fashion industry
Unique products and amazing designs
Fashion is a notoriously fickle business chewing up and spitting out many new designers. However, with careful thought and planning an accessories business can transcend fashion, especially if your products are unique with amazing design and made from the highest quality material and in the UK. …
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