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Sam White Qualifies as CAAV Fellow

Congratulations to our Rural Surveyor, Sam White, who is now a qualified Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers after passing his exams in December.

The CAAV exam for fellowship consists of a rigorous two day test of practical, oral and written assessments. It covers a wide range of practice areas including landlord and tenant, utilities, diversification, planning, estate management, valuation, growing crops, machinery and livestock. CAAV members are highly regarded professionals in the countryside, providing advice and guidance to owners, occupiers and managers of rural land, property and business. Sam is now the third member of the rural team to become a qualified CAAV, alongside James Walton and Laura Gaydon, and we are delighted to be strengthening the department’s professional offering.

Sam joined the company in 2017 after we were impressed with his work during a placement with us the year before. He’s now based at our new headquarters in Stratford-upon-Avon. On the news, Sam said,

     “I am delighted to have gained this qualification following the two-day examination, and being admitted as a fellow to the CAAV will support the work I undertake on behalf of clients.”

Sam was presented with a bottle of champagne by Marcus Faulkner, Director of Rural Land Agency.  Marcus said,

     “Sam has worked incredibly hard and we are extremely proud of his achievement.  At Sheldon Bosley Knight we actively encourage ongoing professional development amongst our staff not only to enable them to progress and grow within their field but to maintain the high quality of services and advice that our clients have come to expect.”

Now a qualified agricultural valuer, Sam will be sitting his next exam in the two year process, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Assessment of Professional Competency, later this spring.

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Amy Reed Achieves RICS Status

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Amy_Reed_Marcus_Faulkner_Laura_Gaydon_Sheldon_Bosley_KnightLaura Gaydon, a Director at Sheldon Bosley Knight, is delighted to announce and congratulate Amy Reed on obtaining her qualification in May 2017 as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and achieving RICS Registered Valuer status.

Amy, who is based at the Shipston on Stour office, commented, “I am absolutely thrilled that after two years of professional studying with Sheldon Bosley Knight the completion of the Assessment of Professional Competence has enabled me to gain the highly regarded RICS qualification.  As a fully qualified Rural Chartered Surveyor, it will mean that clients can be assured of my abilities in advising on all agricultural and rural land management matters and undertaking formal valuations. It is such a sense of achievement”.

Amy comes from an agricultural background having grown up on the family farm in Warwickshire. Outside of work she has an interest in the countryside, as well as being a keen sportswoman.

Working as part of the agricultural team at SBK in Shipston, Amy can be contacted on 01608 661666 or by email areed@sheldonbosleyknight.co.uk.

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Congratulations to Kittie Ford

Marcus Faulkner, Kittie Ford, Laura GaydonCongratulations to Kittie Ford from our Rural Land Agency team who has just passed her CAAV exams and qualified as a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

The CAAV exam for fellowship consists of a rigorous two day “endurance test” of practical, oral and written assessments on a wide range of practice areas including landlord and tenant, utilities, diversification, planning, estate management, valuation, growing crops, machinery and livestock.

Kittie was presented with a bottle of champagne, a bouquet and her certificate by Marcus Faulkner and Laura Gaydon, Directors at our Shipston office.

Laura Gaydon, a FAAV herself, said “Kittie has worked incredibly hard and we are extremely proud of her achievement”.

At Sheldon Bosley Knight we actively encourage ongoing professional development amongst our staff not only to enable them to progress and grow within their field but to maintain the high quality of services and advice that our clients have come to expect.

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LEADING LADY OF AGRICULTURE ENJOYS SUCCESS WITH SBK

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Laura Gaydon Sheldon Bosley KnightFollowing the recent launch/merger of new company Sheldon Bosley Knight Ltd, Laura Gaydon has been promoted to Director of the new business.

Laura, a qualified Rural Chartered Surveyor and Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, joined Sheldon Bosley in 2009 following completion of a BSc (Hons) degree in Equine Science, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Estate and Land Management.

James Walton, one of Laura’s fellow Directors, said “whilst the new company will see the development and expansion of our New Homes department in particular, the roots of our business have been firmly in Land Agency and Agriculture.  It is very pleasing therefore to be able to strengthen the backbone of the business with Laura’s position equivalent to Partner in the old firm.  Laura has shown particular ability, an impressive intelligence and has strong affinity with clients, she is a great asset.”

Recently married, Laura, who is based at the Shipston-on-Stour office, has proven to be an invaluable asset to the expanding Rural Land Agency department and has contributed considerably to the growth and strengthening of this exciting, forward thinking business.  Laura manages the Rural team at the Shipston-on-Stour office and heads up the firms Equine Property Services.

She spent her early years on the family dairy farm in North Oxfordshire which encouraged a deep rooted understanding and passion for the countryside and rural affairs.  A keen horsewoman herself, Laura follows horse racing, attending the Cheltenham Festivals regularly, and also enjoys walking her two dogs.

Sheldon Bosley KnightThrilled to be appointed a Director, Laura said “It is a huge honour and privilege to be invited to be part of the equity of such a well-established and growing, local firm. The company has supported me through gaining my professional qualifications and encouraged a greater involvement in the business over the past 7 years. I am delighted to accept the position and hope to bring further strength and innovation to the future of the business”.

Specialising in Equine Property and RICS Red Book Valuations, Laura also has vast experience of agricultural property sales and lettings, agricultural subsidy and stewardship applications and Tenancies and Contract Farming Agreements.   Keen to always keep abreast of new developments in the Agricultural industry she is a Member of BIAC (The British Institute of Agricultural Consultants) and a Committee Member of Sibford Farming Club.

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Identity Assurance Scheme

identity profile set up identity assurance scheme The new identity assurance scheme is coming into play this autumn and is essential for anyone proposing to claim any agricultural subsidy, including the new Basic Payment Scheme. This new system creates a secure way for individuals to sign into all government services, so not only the new Basic Payment Scheme but also for paying car tax for example. This will replace the current Government Gateway – and SPS Online.

Registration begins with the creation of an “identity profile” through an identity authorising company, such as Experian, Verizon or the Post Office. After being asked a series of questions proving your identity with forms of identification (e.g. passport, driving license or utility bills) you will be provided with an “identity profile”. This profile may be accessed by using a chosen username and password. One of the major changes likely to be introduced is the unique log in number which will be sent to your mobile phone. Every time you wish to log in via this service you will receive another unique log in code via your mobile. It is unclear at present what will happen to users who do not have a mobile phone, can you nominate someone? Will it be sent to a landline and read out over the phone? These are some of the questions that still have to be answered before the scheme can become live.

photo driving licence for identity registration basic payment schemeHaving registering as an individual, you will be able to link this to your farming business, and subsequently authorise an Agent.  This new system adds further complication and challenge to the transition to the forthcoming Basic Payment Scheme, particularly for farmers with little internet access or no computer.

Help will be available for those who are not ‘digital’, and Sheldon Bosley are ready to assist any landowners who would like support through this registration process.