The Top Environmental Business Opportunities

Water, Food, Carbon and Environmental Resilience are the top four business opportunities in the latest report from the Ecosystems Markets Taskforce. Water offers opportunities for its management, and for exports of water expertise and technology.  Rural businesses can be significant users of water themselves, and could be in the front line for not only flood … Continue reading The Top Environmental Business Opportunities

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Does Less Regulation mean Less Government? No!

Despite various initiatives to cut regulation in agriculture and other industries, there is steadily emerging a plethora of new government initiatives.  For example we have already seen Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), and published maps show that some areas are not covered by a LEP at all while a few areas are covered by two.  These will … Continue reading Does Less Regulation mean Less Government? No!

Tax Simplification Report: Rural Bits

The integration of Income Tax and National Insurance, sorting out National Insurance, simpler reporting and more consistent capital allowances are all recommended in the latest report from the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS).  These measures would all help rural businesses. At long last we seem to be recognising that National Insurance is a tax in … Continue reading Tax Simplification Report: Rural Bits