Go Rural for Business

An Introduction to Adding Value to your Farm

11th February 2016

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Date: Thursday 24th March 2016

Farm incomes are forecast to be slashed significantly across several sectors during the year to February, Defra figures show.    Forecast of Farm Business Incomes for 2015/16, released on January 28, shows declines of nearly 50 per cent in some sectors due to lower prices across the majority of UK farm commodities. 

The current changes to subsidy payments and the low commodity prices are prompting farmers to make more use of their existing assets to build agri-businesses.

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Learning Journey to Tuscany and Umbria 2016

4th February 2016

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6-10 September 2016

Following the extremely successful learning journeys to Tuscany and Umbria in 2014 and 2015, Go Rural are in the preliminary stages of planning this year's, returning to Tuscany and Umbria. 100% of those attending previously advised that the Learning Journeys had a positive impact on them.  Delegates felt that being away with like minded individuals enabled them to look at their business with a fresh perspective and allowed them to compare/contrast what their strengths and weaknesses were. New opportunities were identified and new working relationships established. 

 

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Scottish Tourism Alliance unveils manifesto calling on the future Scottish government to support growth and competitiveness of Scottish tourism industry

21st January 2016

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The Scottish Tourism Alliance unveils their manifesto calling on the future Scottish government to support growth and competitiveness of the Scottish tourism industry.   The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) unveiled its Manifesto to political parties ahead of next year’s Scottish Parliamentary elections.

Details of the document can be found here, ‘A Tourism Industry Manifesto for Growth & Competitiveness Towards 2020’

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New Year, New Focus

8th January 2016

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2015 was quite a year for Go Rural.  There were a lot of highlights which included:

  • Promoting agritourism and rural tourism at the Royal Highland Show.
  • Independent evaluation demonstrating highly effective delivery of Scotland’s first two agritourism monitor farms by Go Rural.
  • Scottish Agritourism Conference  which attracted over 150 delegates and high levels speakers
  • Sheena joining Caroline in becoming a Scottish Enterprise Rural Leader 

In 2016 Go Rural, who have been driving the agritourism agenda in Scotland over the past three years are re-focusing our efforts on delivering support to a wider range of  businesses.  

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Working together to make our Agritourism industry one to rival the Italians by Fiona Gammie, Westerton Farmers

26th October 2015

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When I told people I was heading to the beautiful Tuscan countryside for work, most of them laughed and asked how on earth I managed to wangle such a trip, and I could see why! I promised to come back and report on my findings, trying to draw some conclusions as to how this trip was going to help our family business…. So here it goes!

One of the key factors in being an Agritourismo is that farming has to be the main activity within the business.  As a result of this I was already expecting to find the owners of the businesses to be passionate, as I don’t think you would survive as a farmer without passion! I was surprised by the passion and enthusiasm that went with the tourism part of their businesses and how well it all fitted in with the working farm. 

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