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May 11 2018

Working with ‘Young Farmer of the Year’ James Fairlie

Categories: Agriculture

As a farmer, James Fairlie is accustomed to risk, uncertainty and change. However, James, who runs the operations at the Kirkton of Monikie Farm in Angus, along with his father, Iain, has cemented his future by embarking on a new business project which complements his day-to-day farm work. James (29), who won ‘Young Farmer of more

Feb 27 2018

Innovations in Farming – a look to future farming in Scotland

Categories: Agriculture

The fifteenth annual Farming Scotland Conference hosted delegates from across Scotland’s agriculture sector when it took place on Thursday 8 February at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel & Spa. The conference title was ‘Innovations in Farming’ and each of the conference’s four speakers addressed this over-riding theme from the context of their own positions within agriculture. more

Dec 18 2017

Farming Scotland Conference – Innovations in Farming

Categories: Agriculture

The fifteenth annual Farming Scotland Conference will take place on Thursday 8 February 2018 at Carnoustie, Angus, with a focus on innovation and sustainable farming. As organisers and co-sponsors of the event, along with Bell Ingram, Thorntons and The Royal Bank of Scotland, EQ are delighted to be involved in bringing agriculture sector leaders to more

Oct 2 2017

Sporting rates notices to be issued

Categories: Agriculture

Landowners and managers can expect Valuation Notices for sporting rates for 2017/18 to arrive through their letterbox over the coming days, with the first phase being issued from 2 October 2017 onwards. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 reintroduced sporting rates to Scotland after a 22 year absence. ‘Return of Information Request’ forms were issued more

Sep 14 2017

Farm finance health check

Categories: Agriculture

It is now over a year since the Bank of England cut the bank lending base rate to just 0.25% in the wake of the EU referendum result. We are now seeing reduced finance costs on many of the accounts we are currently preparing as a consequence, helping to boost profitability for those businesses heavily more

Aug 31 2017

Tax free gains on sale of land?

Categories: Agriculture

We often have clients who sell off small pockets of land, with the land normally being acquired by someone wishing to expand their garden or improve access to their property for example. We often have clients who sell off small pockets of land, with the land normally being acquired by someone wishing to expand their more

May 7 2017

Losses are not forever

Categories: Agriculture

A recent tax case heard before the Upper Tribunal has confirmed that sideways loss relief cannot be claimed by farmers in the sixth year of loss making, even for commercial trades carried out full time. This ruling reinforces legislation often referred to as the “hobby farming” rules. Sideways loss relief is useful to taxpayers who more

Feb 7 2017

Farming Scotland Conference provides inspirational business insight

Categories: Agriculture

Business improvement, growth and diversification were very much the focus of this year’s Farming Scotland Conference, with just a sprinkling of Brexit politics thrown in. The conference, which is now in its 14th year, once again took place in Carnoustie and was officially opened by the Provost of Angus, Cllr Alex King. As is befitting more