Business resilience—help available

17/02/14 0 COMMENTS

We hear much about the resilience of our woodlands in the face of threatening pests and diseases. Important issues without a doubt, but just as important is the resilience of businesses in the sector—without them we would not have the means to manage the woodlands and bring timber to the market. Two things that might help:

Details of the final round of FFIS can be found on page two of the newsletter and these grants could be a welcome shot in the arm for forestry businesses needing to invest in new equipment.

The announcement made last week by Prime Minister, David Cameron outlining a range of measures aimed at helping businesses affected by the floods, including : a grant of up to £5000 to build in better flood protection;  a £10 million fund for farmers who have seen their land waterlogged; VAT, PAYE and corporation tax deferral for three months; and 3 months 100% business rate relief.

What constitutes a ‘business affected by the flooding’ is not entirely clear at  present but it would be worth keeping an eye on this announcement and the subsequent implementation.

Heartwoods Newsletter February 2014

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