Dotting the ‘i’s, crossing the ‘t’s


A specialist advisory service for south west farmers and land-based businesses is warning that anyone considering a move into the renewable energy market needs to undertake more thorough and careful research than ever before.

David Hynd, who runs Business Link’s rural service across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon and Somerset, said: “Many commentators are beginning to suggest that the renewable energy market in the UK – especially the use of solar voltaic panels – is starting to overheat as more and more people seek to get involved.

“Our view is that renewable energy still provides farmers with an excellent diversification opportunity, but that they need to go in with great care and with their eyes wide open. Questions they need to ask themselves include, is this opportunity right for me and my business? What are the likely returns and risks? How will investing in renewables now affect other plans I may have, for example by tying up time and land?”

To help farmers find out what they need to know about diversification into renewable energy and other markets, Business Link is working alongside Stags Rural Property Consultants to deliver a series of three free advisory events across the region in November and December. Called ‘Diversification in a Changing Environment’, these run from 10.00am through to a buffet lunch at 12.30, on the following dates:

  • November 24: The Pavilion, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge
  • November 30: Darts Farm, Exeter
  • December 7: Junction 24, Sedgemoor

Anybody interested in attending one of these essential events should call Business Link on 0845 600 9966, fax 01752 770184 or email Those wishing to find out more about Business Link’s Rural service in the South West should visit click here.