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Funding supports AD plant diversification

Published: 17 July 2017

Father and son Iain and James Fairlie knew they needed to create stability and reduce risk for their farming business. Their answer was a hugely successful anaerobic digestion (AD) plant.

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Investment helps future-proof farming business

Published: 17 July 2017

For many farmers, the future of their business is diversification. It requires innovation, spotting additional revenue opportunities and increasing efficiency, says visionary Cambridgeshire farmer Edd Banks.

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Refinancing helps estate fulfil development plans

Published: 17 July 2017

When the Godsal family faced rising costs and a list of essential repairs at Iscoyd Park, a radical plan was needed to secure a viable future for the 750-acre estate.

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Diversification finance helps overcome sector volatilities

Published: 17 July 2017

Fashioning new and creative business ideas to overcome commercial challenges needs a long-term vision supported by common sense and passion. Devon dairy farmers Mark and Jen Baker have exhibited those talents to build a successful holiday lettings enterprise.

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Straw for power re-energises farm finances

Published: 27 March 2017

With an eye to the long-term, John and Lucy Burrows secured funding to invest in machinery and secure their profitability.

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From a seedling to a major business

Published: 16 January 2017

The Blake family has been getting things right for nearly 35 years – transforming a small nursery plot into the blossoming year-round St Peter’s Garden Centre. AMC has supported them throughout the journey.

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Turning floods into power thanks to flexible finance

Published: 16 January 2017

Spotting the opportunities within our challenging market is a vital strategy for many farmers and agricultural businesses. One Worcestershire farming estate, for example, turned frequent flooding to their advantage by building a hydroelectric scheme that powers a council-run leisure centre.

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Family builds dream log cabin business

Published: 16 January 2017

Rejected by High Street banks, a family found support from AMC to develop its holiday letting business. Soon after completing their first country log cabin, John Morris and his adult children, Hele and George, watched their venue shoot to the top of the popularity tables on a busy UK holiday search site.

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Diversifying income opens new doors

Published: 21 November 2016

Not every farmer is born into the business, and the challenges for newcomers can be daunting. The Morgan family, however, have proved that being flexible, working hard and knowing when and how to seek outside help can lead to success.

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Yorkshire estate invests in rental property upgrades to safeguard future income

Published: 26 May 2016

George Winn-Darley has instigated an extensive programme of property renovations to ensure his Yorkshire estate’s rental properties comply with the impending Energy Performance Certificate regulations.

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Farm shop and rural retailer expands with AMC’s support

Published: 26 May 2016

Garsons of Esher in Surrey are vulnerable to huge trading volatilities and the effects of adverse weather. Reliable financial support and having the correct economic tools in place are therefore key to their ability to ride out periods of poor trading.

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Ecology, environment and production costs are the key focus on Somerset dairy farm

Published: 26 May 2016

Andrew and Emma Maltby, have used a series of AMC loans to build and expand their Somerset dairy farm. Andrew’s ongoing focus is to maintain a tight control on production costs and to maximise the farm’s environmental and ecological earning potential.

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Standing still isn’t an option for Cereals co-host

Published: 26 May 2016

Coming from a non-agricultural background, first generation farmer, Robert Law, started his career in 1981 as a manager on the farm he now owns.

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