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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. …
Five steps to buying a business
Guidance when it comes to buying a business
Buying a business can seem scary, but it doesn't have to be an intimidating process. The key to this is to give yourself time to understand the buying process first. Here’s a rundown of the procedure from a buyer’s perspective. Step 1. Know what you want Part of your pre-investment…
Glamping start-up Q and A with Kate Morel
Your questions answered when it comes to setting up a glamping site
If you missed out on the Energy and Rural Business Show this year, you missed out on some great workshops which provided some highly valuable insight for those looking to diversify their farm business or start-up on their own. However, all is not lost. We caught up with glamping consultant, K…
Greetings cards for all occasions
Could you make a business out of your artistic talents?
Greeting cards are a great start-up business. The initial costs are low, and you have a commercial outlet for your creative talents. Greeting cards are both a necessity and an impulse buy. They are low cost, easy to carry around and personal, and with the UK market worth around £1.75 billion in …
Ideas for alternative livestock and cropping enterprises
Alternative livestock and cropping business ideas
Are you looking to diversify your existing farm business? Are you looking for something a little different from the norm? Here are some ideas to get you thinking when it comes to livestock and crops.  Christmas trees                                                                          …
Ideas for equestrian and animal businesses
Business ideas for animal lovers
We can’t get away from the fact that we are a nation of animal lovers. If you are thinking of starting a business in this industry, here are some ideas to get you thinking. Liveries Trekking and hacking Equestrian breaks Riding lessons Specialist trips Dog training Gun dog tra…
Ideas for generating a rental income
Business ideas that utilise existing assets
The opportunity for rental income is often forgotten but could be one of the easiest ways to draw a revenue from your own assets. Here are some ideas to get you thinking. Remember you may have the buildings and facilities but you don’t have to run the business yourself. Caravan storage V…
Ideas for kitchen table, crafts and skills businesses
Business ideas for craft lovers
Are you handy in the kitchen? Would you like to have a go at starting your own craft business? These ideas should get you thinking about where you could start. Furniture restoration Ironmonger Blacksmith or forgery Woodwork or carpentry Welder Cake making Biscuit maker Prese…
Ideas for professional businesses  
Business ideas in the professional sector
Looking to remain in the professional sector, but want to go it alone? Here are some ideas of how you could take the next step and put your knowledge and skills to good use. Freelance journalist Freelance editor Proofreader Freelance consultant e.g. marketing, planning   Business …
Ideas for specialist or intensive farming enterprises
Business ideas to complement existing farm businesses
The below are ideas to get you thinking about novel or extensive farming enterprises that could complement or work along the existing farm business. Many of the ideas below will depend on the infrastructure you have in place or available. Buffalo farming Calf rearing units Pig rearing…
Ideas for tourism, leisure and sport businesses
Looking for a different business idea in the leisure and sport industry
Below are a wealth of ideas to get you thinking about business opportunities in the leisure, sport and tourism industry.  Organised walking or cycling trails Organised walking or cycling holidays Trail running Off-road cycling, riding or quad biking Mud Run or Wolf Run Courses f…
Jackie’s guide to establishing a riding holiday business
Your questions answered on riding holiday businesses
It is estimated that nationally there are 1.3 million regular riders*. Admittedly not all of these people will own their own horse or pony, but it is an industry with opportunity. Ted and Jackie Howard-Jones saw this opportunity and established a riding business offering day rides and riding…
Key priorities of a caravan storage business
Useful tips when it comes to caravan storage
Having established a successful caravan storage business, Ted and Jackie Howard-Jones provide a checklist of key requirements when establishing this type of venture. The demand The caravan industry contributes more than £6 billion per year to the UK economy and as a nation, there are an …
Looking beyond the traditional farm shop
Be inspired by those who've created more than just a farm shop
The Farm Shop is by no means a new concept, it’s been a great way for farmers to add value and drive revenue for many years. However, with the growing farm-to-table movement, awareness of carbon footprint and the increased demand for food provenance, farm shops have evolved and are now much m…
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