The rural economy is experiencing one of its greatest periods of uncertainty in a generation. This is a significant time of change for both farmers and landowners, presenting opportunities for those who are well prepared and positioned to take advantage. George F. White, as your trusted advisors, are integral in the provision of expert advice in order that your business can navigate through the challenges ahead, whilst taking the opportunities to meet your personal and business objectives. George F. White can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise from our highly skilled Rural Surveyors and Farm Consultants, delivering property and business consultancy advice across the North of England and Borders.
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Our RICS regulated rural team have the knowledge and expertise to offer a wide range of services including:
Business Planning & Succession
We work closely with clients to help them fulfill their business and personal objectives, we provide expert and bespoke advice on areas such as implementing a new enterprise, developing diversification projects, succession and retirement planning as well as whole business reviews and restructuring. We work with clients to develop a successful business strategy, by reducing risk and making the most of the opportunities available.
Rural Payments and Grants
We are now in an agricultural transition period and the current system of direct support to farmers is changing. Our team can offer guidance at a practical level on all rural schemes and grants including advice relating to farm compliance.
The team can fully advise on farming in a sustainable way whilst taking advantage of the Countryside Stewardship schemes that are available. As the new Environmental Land Management scheme is rolled out alongside opportunities from Biodiversity Net Gain and carbon offsetting our dedicated team of environmental specialists can advise clients on the best way to use and enhance natural capital on their farms.
It has never been more important to understand the efficiencies of your farming business both at a practical level and at a business level. The George F. White Rural Team work closely with landowners in managing their farming businesses with a clear understanding of their aims and objectives.
Understanding Value is key to making any important business decision. Our team of RICS Registered Valuers are 'best in field' reflected through our appointmen to the valuation panels of all major high-street banks as well as acting for an array of specialist and corporate lenders. We use our in-depth market knowledge and reasoned analysis in providing specialist and intelligent valuation services to clients.
Utilities & Infrastructure / Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
Following the impact of a global pandemic and Brexit many industries have suffered and still are. However, as the UKs plan for growth is 'Build Back Better', we are seeing a lot of large-scale schemes now pusing forward, especially in the North with the Government's ambition on levelling up the country whether this is roads, pipelines, wires, or flood alleviation schemes.
We engage early with clients to maximise compensation and mitigate the effects of any scheme and have a reputation for fighting the corner of affected parties.
Property Sales, Lettings and Acquisitions
As leaders in the field, we utilise our market knowledge and specialist skills to deliver agency services for rural property. Acting both off and on market we use every available asset and technology, coupled with exception negotiation skills to secure the best result.
George F. White have an experienced team of auctioneers who are well versed in providing a full service of live and deadstock dispersal sales both on and off farm.
Estate and Property Management
Good estate and property management applies the client's requirements to the resource, legislative position, and the individual circumstances. Whatever the requirement for your Estate, we deliver long term strategies to get the best return in a compliant way, handling the difficult matters so you don't have to worry.
Expert Witness and Dispute Resolution
Change is not always easy and inevitably there will be some matters that will be subject to litigation. The team at George F. White have a wealth of experience and technical knowledge in providing Expert Witness and Advocacy skills from Arbitration up to High Court level.
Landlord & Tenant Matters
it is inevitable that following the introduction of the Agricultual Act 2020 and changing legislation will have a significant impact on the Landlords and Tenants of agricultural land. The team at George F. White have an unparalleled reputation and experience in dealing with such matters.
Public Rights of Way
During the pandemic rights of way received increased focus for public recreation. Although the 2026 cut off to claim rights of way through historic evidence has been abandoned there is still a flurry of applications for new rights being processed by local authorities. Our tam can assist in dealing with rights of way issues and mitigate/halt the prospects fo new rights being confirmed over land.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Mapping
We've adopted the most advanced mapping software thaat exists, enabling us to communicate geographic information in ways not possible before. Our technology and skilled team achieve high levels of accuracy combined with a significant range of data that enable us to provide highly informative geographical solutions for a wide range of applications.
Planning & Development
With our colleagues in our planning and development service we are adept at delivering advice on rural planning matters and dealing with restrictions in land and property.
Telecoms and Communications
The introduction of the Electronic Communications Code 2017 continues to lead to confusion and dispute within the telecoms market. With significant experience the George F. White team are experienced in the 'old code' leases along with being able to provide specialist advice on 'new code' leases and site acquisitions.
Solar, Wind and other Renewable Energy Infrastructure
At George F. White we have been involved in the energy markets for over 25 years, installing and project managing numerous wind turbines, combined heat, and power plants, and latterly in the negotiation of land for solar farms, battery storage and grid stablisation projects.
Agricultural Mortgage Corporation
George F. White are proud to be appointed AMC Agents and Valuers. AMC specialise in long term mortgages and loans for farms and rural businesses and have done so for more than 90 years.