Farm Resilience Programme

Farm Resilience Programme

Our Farm Resilience Programme offers free business skills training to family farmers across the UK

The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme (FRP) offers free business skills training to family farmers across the UK. The programme is open to dairy and livestock family farm businesses and takes a whole- farm and whole- family approach.

Programme journey

Workshop topics

Business health check

The Business Health Check tool has been developed with The Anderson’s Centre. It has been developed with your business in mind to help you get a better understanding of the financial performance of your on-farm enterprises.

Each farm business will complete the health check with the support from an IAgSA secretary at the start of the programme, and the data required should be readily available in your financial accounts. After completion, you will receive a detailed benchmark report of your business, along with an update on the UK farming sector profitability and performance.

Benchmarking

Delivered by The Anderson’s Centre

The first workshop will provide you with a good understanding of farm financial accounts and will offer some suggestions to aid with your record keeping. The Anderson s Centre will go through the group’s results from the Business Health Check, identifying strengths and areas of possible improvement. Please note, all data is anonymised using a code system and often other data is added in. This benchmarking exercise will help you highlight your own strengths and weaknesses to complete an action plan.

The workshop regularly scores excellent feedback from participating farmers: “The session on benchmarking was so interesting – I’d never done anything like that before, and it really makes you take a look at your business, as well as thinking about how you could apply the cost saving techniques. It’s been a real learning curve, and so helpful to break down the business into its parts.”

Practical cost management

Delivered by Kite Consulting

During this workshop, the group will look at practical solutions to cost saving, including ways to make efficiencies through pasture, feed costs, housing livestock and sharing examples of best practice.

“When we did the Practical Cost Management workshop it was excellent – there were a lot of great examples on things that would never have crossed my mind.” 

Getting to know your finances

Delivered by Promar International

Building on the practical suggestions explored so far, the workshop looks at different techniques for budget planning, managing cashflow and evaluating income. It will explore how accounts are put together, and how they can inform your decision- making on-farm.

“The best meeting was with Promar. They gave some really good advice about cash, income and increasing our net worth, as well as how to build a good relationship with the bank manager himself.”

Managing your farmed environment

Delivered by Oakbank

In response to the changes in agricultural policy, managing and measuring your farmed environment and productivity will become more important. This workshop will review new environment terminology, help you to identify on-farm environmental assets, and suggest ways to measure these so that your business can benefit from new policies.

“The environment workshop was one of the highlights of the group, so relevant to the way things are changing. It also tied in with what we are doing and want to do with our farm, with planting wildflower mixes and hedgerows.” 

Planning your future

Delivered by Saviour Associates

This workshop looks at planning for succession, communicating within the family, and future- proofing your farm business.

“The succession planning workshop helped as our son is keen to take over, however that won’t be for a few years, but it encouraged us to talk with our landlord who has reassured us they would be happy for him to take over in due course. This gives us the peace of mind to invest in the farm knowing that our children will be able to gain from it in the future.”

Business planning and managing change

Delivered by Savills

This workshop encourages you to identify short and long- term aims, complete a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) and explains how to manage change through planning for the future.

“The Savills workshop taught me some new things I hadn’t expected to learn. Talking with a consultant and having the perspective of a former bank manager was extremely insightful.”

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How does it help?

Derek Clark, Garstang

“The programme allows farmers to be open and honest with others, which doesn’t happen very often. It’s a great way to put your head above the parapet and own how well your business is doing, to talk things through with others in a similar situation and with the expertise of the consultants.”

Read Derek's story

Margo Wordie, Huntly

“Change is never easy, but change is coming and we all need to prepare as much as possible and this programme will help us move forward and look at the business and the operation.”

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