Whatever diversification you are considering – converting redundant farm buildings into offices, creating a farm shop or starting up a cheese company – you should be a member of the CLA.

Diversification into new areas of business, and making your land, business and property assets work harder, can give you more income. However, many landowners have been talked into new ventures by salesmen and consultants that then go on to become costly mistakes. It is vital that you have independent, impartial and expert help and advice. And that is where the CLA can help.


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How CLA can help you when setting up a new business

The CLA not only has experts in all the core areas you need – land use, legal, taxation and planning – but we almost certainly have members around the country who have already undertaken a similar venture. We understand what income you could realistically earn and, more importantly, we know the potential pitfalls. Common areas of concern for those setting up a business include:

  • business structure;
  • tenancy issues;
  • whether planning permission will be needed;
  • employer's responsibilities;
  • registering for VAT;
  • Capital Gains Tax reliefs;
  • Inheritance Tax;
  • when to involve local authorities and the local community;
  • sources of funding;
  • contracts and agreements;
  • liability for safety; and
  • environmental issues.

Free advice for members

There are many complex factors involved when diversifying or setting up a new business. If you become a member of the CLA you will receive free, independent professional advice – advice to help you make the best use of your time and any professional fees you incur. (For many members the annual subscription costs less than one hour of a professional’s time.)

As well as the advice CLA members can access, the majority of members – whether they own a single acre or a thousand – benefit from our continuous lobbying to change the law and reduce red tape to enable rural business development.


Protecting your best interests

The CLA is the only organisation working to influence Government solely on behalf of owners of rural land, property and business. There are many other organisations spending millions on lobbying to pursue their own agendas and all landowners, from the smallest acreage to the largest estate, need to act together vigorously to defend our interests. Nobody is doing more than the CLA to manage the impact on the value of land – both in the short and long term.


Anyone who owns rural land will benefit from joining the CLA

We are effective at influencing decision-makers at national and local levels including ensuring that farmers and landowners are in the best possible position to maximise and protect the long-term value of their property and rural business interests. As a CLA member you can add your voice. In addition, you can receive advice and support that will help protect and enhance your assets.

Whatever the value of your rural land, business and property interests, the CLA subscription represents only a fraction of its true value and is your best insurance for the future.