New Director at Rostons Ltd

Sam C.2.2013Tony Rimmer, Director of Rostons, is pleased to report that Sam Catling has recently accepted the invitation of the current Directors to become a Director of Rostons.

 Sam undertook his placement year with Rostons in 2007/08 before returning to Harper Adams University at Newport to complete his studies and returned in September 2010.


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On 1 January 2015 the Single Payment Scheme is replaced by the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

This will include new Greening measures which are worth 30% of the total payment.  Greening comprises:

  • Protection of permanent pasture – this will not affect the majority
  • Crop Diversification
  • Ecological Focus Areas – the requirement is 5% of your arable defined land

Exemptions for Greening are as follows:

  • If you are registered Organic
  • If more than 75% of your total eligible agricultural area is down to grass, temporary and permanent and the remaining arable area less than 30 hectares

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Good luck and farewell

Sam Starkey2Rostons team member Sam Starkey, who has been with us for three years, leaves the company in October to return to his father’s business and to work with his brother.

It’s an exciting time for Sam but a sad one for us. He’s been a vital member of the team and he will be sadly missed.

We would like to thank Sam for all his efforts and hard work over recent years and wish him every success in the future.

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Location, location, location

Whitegates FarmThe general dearth of good sized farms continues to impact on the land sales market in Cheshire where land continues to achieve between £8,000 and £10,000 per acre.

In many cases the figure is even higher but, as has been the case with property from time in memorial, location is the key factor. (more…)

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Assess your access rights!

dark-peak_2151887bDemands to access land by utility companies has been an ongoing problem across Cheshire for many years  and as planning permission continues to be granted for urban developments, it’s unlikely to reduce in the foreseeable future.

But beware – not all utilities companies play fair, as Tony Rimmer discovered while trying to help a client suffering at the hands of one of the country’s most prominent power suppliers. (more…)

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The future’s bright – the future’s Rostons

TonyRimmerMRICSFAAVREVRostons is delighted to announce that Director Tony Rimmer has been invited to become the external examiner for Harper Adams University’s Rural Estate Management courses.

Since setting up the business 10 years ago both Tony and Ros Rimmer have been completely committed to excellence in training to benefit both their own business and the future of farming and agri-business. (more…)

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