Farming and Rural Business

While the Farming Life Centre can offer lots of free, confidential and impartial advice on many areas of rural business, there are lots of independent organisations in the area who can offer further advice and support to help your business thrive.


The NFU is here to give you a voice and protect your way of life now and in the future. Its purpose is to champion British agriculture and horticulture, to campaign for a stable and sustainable future for British farmers. For your local NFU representative take a look at NFU online.

Peak District National Park Farm Advisors

Take a look online here at the support available. You can contact the team of Farm Advisers and Farming in Protected Landscapes Officers by:

  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01629 816 270
  • Drop-in at the Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell. Farm Advisors will be available every Monday from 10am to 2pm

The Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group

This organisation helps farmers understand the environmental value of their land and make the most of the agri-environment options available. Lots of useful information can be found by visiting the FWAG website here.

Bagshaws LLP

Bagshaws LLP can help with everything from farm office services and payment schemes, valuations for tax purposes, assisting with tenancy matters, to offering a full planning service for all rural, commercial and agricultural developments. Click here to visit the Bagshaws LLP website.

Graham Watkins & Co

Graham Watkins & Co can assist you with farm subsidies, valuations, land and estate management and planning. Check out the Graham Watkins & Co website here.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund

The Prince’s Countryside Fund provides more than £1m in grants and project delivery each year across the UK. There are grants available for innovative projects that will provide a lasting legacy to the individuals and communities they seek to benefit.

The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme helps to secure a viable and resilient future for farm businesses, by equipping them with the information and confidence to help them survive, and importantly to make the right choices for themselves and their families.

Ready to help in a crisis: When the Fund was established, our Patron HRH The Prince of Wales identified a crucial role for us in responding to countryside crises. Whether this in an outbreak of animal disease or extreme weather we have an Emergency Fund which is ready when the need arises. Click here to find out more about the support available through The Prince’s Countryside Fund.