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Business rates for rural businesses – what you need to know
Your questions answered
Business rates are one of those things that are an unavoidable running cost for most businesses. But getting your head around if you need to pay them, how they are calculated and how to appeal them can be a mind-field. Barry Davies, diversification specialist and chartered surveyor at Davies …
Do I need a lease?
Getting it right with your business premises
When you are setting up a new business you need to think carefully about where you will operate from. Choosing the right premises can often be one of the most important decisions that a business will make and it’s important to get it right. Whenever you need to use premises for your business …
Do I need planning permission for glamping, camping and caravanning sites?
Planning for glamping sites
Terminology When it comes to planning there are certain terms that will be useful for you to be aware of. The below are not planning definitions but are helpful to distinguish for the purposes of understanding this guide. Operational development/building works – the building of somethi…
Do I need planning permission to run an equestrian business from the farm?
Planning for equestrian businesses
Terminology When it comes to planning there are certain terms that will be useful for you to be aware of. The below are not planning definitions but are helpful to distinguish for the purposes of understanding this guide. Operational development / building works – the building of someth…
Do I need planning to run a tourism or leisure activity?
Planning for tourism and leisure businesses
Terminology When it comes to planning there are certain terms that will be useful for you to be aware of. The below are not planning definitions but are helpful to distinguish for the purposes of understanding this guide. Operational development/building works – the building of some…
Do I need planning to run my business from home?
Planning for running a business from home
This is a bit of a grey area and is, of course, subject to the fact and degree of each case. This is the advice provided on The Planning Portal: You do not necessarily need planning permission to work from home. The key test is whether the overall character of the dwelling will change as a re…
Proprietary estoppel – why succession planning is key for farming families
Understanding proprietary estoppel
The number of cases involving farming family disputes over land and property, bequests in wills, sibling rivalries and family tensions, have reached an all-time high, and what these farming family fall-outs often have in common is proprietary estoppel. Caroline Cowley, a specialist in contentiou…
What to consider when entering into a lease
A useful guide when entering into a business lease
The form and detailed terms of a lease will be determined by the commercial agreement struck between you and the Landlord and this will often depend on the location and nature of the premises. If you have an agent then they will be able to negotiate these terms on your behalf. Heads of terms …
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