Matthew Taylor

Matt is a professional forester with 20 years’ land management experience. Matt has worked with private landowners, utilities companies, charities and government departments during the course of his career.

Skills and training

Whatever the outcome of Brexit, upskilling yourself or your staff can only be beneficial to the bottom line of your business. This article considers how you can identify the right skills and course for you and your staff whatever the future holds.

Business Structures

We know farming will change post-Brexit. The Basic Payment Scheme will replaced by a new system of environmental payments, and farmers will need to adapt to a more market facing world. This means the way farmers manage their businesses may have to change too, including the basic structure of the business. 

Geographic Indications

The CLA has responded to a Defra consultation on future changes to the system of geographic indication for certain products.  The EU protected status regime provides a market legitimacy and advantage to certain products that have either Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) or Protected Geographic Indication status.  The CLA has sought clarification from Defra that a UK protected status regime when it leaves the EU will afford the same protection that currently exists within the EU market and with a number of third countries.

Brexit Trade deals with non-EU countries

The CLA has responded to a consultation from the Department for International Trade (DIT) that seeks views on the advantages and disadvantages on potential bilateral trade deals post Brexit with countries such as the United States, Australia and New Zealand.  The CLA has made clear that the main potential advantage would be the creation of a tariff free structure whereas a significant disadvantage to UK interests would be the ability of a third country to export products to the UK that failed to match the UK's high animal welfare and food safety standard.

Request for views on AHDB

Farmers, growers, processors and industry representatives have being asked for their views on the role of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).  The AHDB is a UK statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain.  As the UK leaves the EU, there is an opportunity to ensure that the sectors that the AHDB cover are as competitive as possible.  Please see CLA's response to the request for views covering governance, activities, structure and funding.

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