Business Link has launched a new online resource to help farmers and growers understand farming regulations, and manage the daily challenges of running a successful farming business.
Businesslink.gov.uk/farming is a dedicated new section on the Business Link website, which provides farmers with practical information and guidance to help them focus their planning, apply best practice and understand government requirements, whatever type of farm they have.
The launch coincides with the National Farmers’ Union Annual Conference in Birmingham, from 23 to 24 February 2010. The new farming section brings 86 guides together on one website. They will be updated regularly to ensure that farmers can quickly and easily keep up to date with industry and regulation changes.
This new information is divided into the following sub-sections:
- Running your farm business
- Funding, schemes and grants
- Protecting farm environments
- Crops, horticulture and plant health
- Organic farming
Caroline Fawcett, Director of Marketing and Customer Insight at businesslink.gov.uk, says: “We are delighted to offer this new service to the farming industry. Farmers and agricultural workers will be able to access a wide range of business information and support in one place, which will save them a great deal of time and money.
“We developed the new farming content by working closely with all the relevant government departments and agencies, and with farmers themselves. We believe that it will quickly become an essential resource for farmers across England.”
The farming section of businesslink.gov.uk also links to general topics that all businesses need to know about, including:
- Employing people
- Taxes, returns and payroll
- Health, safety, and premises
- Environment and efficiency
- IT and e-commerce
- International trade
For more information, please visit businesslink.gov.uk/farming. Business Link also continues to offer support to farmers through its network of business advisers, and through its national telephone helpline.