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Making a business out of the nation’s favourite past time
A business idea for tea lovers
As a nation of tea lovers, it should be enough to open your doors and pour steaming brown liquid into hefty mugs for grateful customers but liquid refreshment is a competitive market, not in the least with purveyors of the other brown steaming beverage. But if you do your research and find your …
Making a rural enterprise out of the British Countryside
The British Countryside is a great place to start a business
We live in a beautiful part of the world and have access to stunning scenery at our fingertips. So how you could make a business out of this? Here are some ideas to get you thinking. Lead wildlife walks in your local area To make a profitable business in this sector, your unique selli…
Making more of your craft skills
Turning your creative flair into a dynamic business
If you have a creative flair and are considering starting your own rural business, could you be doing something a little different from others in the industry? Here are some ideas to get you started. Make and sell home accessories Make time and space to research the market and to anti…
Making the most of the holiday business
Opportunities within the tourist accommodation market
Following the recession, the ‘staycation’ has become a popular option so tourism accommodation is now a big business. In 2015 British residents spent £19.6 billion on 102.7 million overnight trips in England*. Hard work and increasingly busy lives mean that the average person looks to those t…
Nine glamping options to help landowners manage income fluctuations
Glamping options for landowners
If you haven’t already heard, there’s a new worldwide trend fast emerging that’s pulling us away from holidays abroad and pushing us towards more interesting staycations at home, in unique and often quirky structures. Since 2007 we have seen a steady increase in the portmanteau ‘glamping’. It…
Outdoor learning - putting your skills to the test
What could the outdoors teach us?
We Brits love our countryside and increasingly it makes good business sense to offer ‘back to the land’ opportunities for stressed urban dwellers. Everything from foraging to bushcraft to dry stone walling can be ‘packaged’ for customers who are increasingly interested in the great outdoors, the…
Setting up a contracting business
How to go about starting up a contracting business
Contracting can be an excellent form of diversification that tacks on well to a farming business, be it arable operations, niche crop contracting, snow clearing, gritting, hedge cutting. Because it’s a relatively straightforward business to start, it can sometimes be too easy to fall into the tr…
Ted's guide to establishing a caravan and motorhome site
Your questions answered on caravan sites
Ted and Jackie Howard-Jones opened Cholsey Grange Farm Caravan site in 2008. We asked them for some tips and guidance for those thinking of setting up a similar enterprise, gaining an insight into what they have learnt along the way. What do you need to get started? When we started we offe…
Top five businesses to run from home
What are you waiting for...
The internet has opened up a whole world of possibility when it comes to business, and now, in many instances all you need is a laptop and decent WiFi to access amazing opportunities and get started. These days, it is becoming increasingly popular to start a business from home. Whether you li…
Which business model will suit my wedding venue business?
Wedding venue research
The wedding sector, not an industry for the faint hearted but one that offers opportunity and reward both financially and emotionally for those that can rise to the challenge of delivering under pressure. For farmers or landowners who have the facilities and space to consider starting a weddi…
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